You are about to make one of the biggest investments and decision of your life – a home purchase. So why would you work with the first agent that responds to your online request? Finding the right agent should be your first priority so that it takes the burden off of you to find your home and passes it over to a trusted professional who has your best interests at heart throughout the transaction.
Here are the top tips to choose the right buyer’s agent for you:
- Research – Social proof is everywhere. Check out their reviews on Zillow. Check out what their website looks like. Do research BEFORE you start looking for a home. Why would you just call whoever is there on a page when you are making one of the biggest financial investments of your life?
- Interview – Have a phone call. Get face-to-face. Make sure this is someone you feel comfortable with and who you believe will place your needs first, ahead of their commission.
Here are some important questions to ask…
Q: How will you be compensated? If I hire you as my buyer’s agent will I be subjected to any additional costs in my transaction?
A: GREAT NEWS HERE! You will never pay me to represent you as buyers of a home. I get paid by the seller at a commission determined between the seller and the listing agent at the time they list the home. This is the #1 reason to have your own buyer’s agent working for you. I don’t get paid until closing and we only get to closing if I find you a home you love and I’ll take care of you through the entire process.
Q: Can you share the names and contact details for past buyers who will highly recommend you?
A: When you see a lot of social proof available for an agent, this becomes less necessary.
Experience and Credentials
Q: How long have you been a real estate agent? More importantly, how many buyers did you help buy a home last year? What real estate designations or certifications do you hold?
A: Josh Gonzalez has several designations;
- Certified Investor Agent Specialist™ (CIAS)
- Certified Distressed Property Expert® (CDPE)
- Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification
- Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®)
Keep in mind, that all agents start somewhere. Often time Buyer’s agents work for teams and have been trained by their team leader.
Q: Please explain what you do to help me at each stage of the transaction.
A: I am there for you EVERY step of the transaction. I will search for homes that suit your needs while you are sleeping or with your family. I will take you to see homes that have a high potential of being the one. I will find THE ONE and write up the offer for you. (You can sign ALL paperwork electronically when you work with me once the offer is accepted, I will recommend inspectors to help you. I will be at the home inspection with you to assist and add more value. I will work with your mortgage provider to make sure we stay on track for closing. I will give you a list of providers to assist you if we need estimates or if you need work done after closing. I am with you at the closing to hand you the keys to your NEW HOME! I will check in on you after closing and make sure I can help you with anything you need. I come with the house!
Q: Will you counsel me on a negotiating strategy and appropriate contingencies? How will you package my offer to the seller?
A: Yes. I will help you determine the comparable sales, the market trends, and the block value so that YOU can make the best decision for YOU on a price to offer. When I write up an offer for you, I will go the extra mile by presenting a cover letter expressing what you love about the home in an effort to connect with the seller.
This is a HUGE decision in your life. Why just choose whoever responds to your request on Zillow? Take the time to do the research, get one-on-one, and ask questions until you feel that you have found an agent working for you who will represent you and your best interests at all times. I believe in Relationships Before Sales and I prove it every day.
Learn more about how I put you first.
Contact me today to schedule a FREE Buyer’s Strategy Session to go over what you are looking for and to answer any questions you may have.