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First-Time Home Buyers: Top Tips for Hiring a Realtor

By Lizzie Weakley | April 18, 2017

Buying your first home is a monumental event that can alter your life in many beneficial ways. However, you may feel stressed and confused about the real estate sales process, and you understandably want to get the best deal possible on the right home for your budget and your needs. Using the services of a skilled and experienced real estate agent can go a long way toward addressing these concerns. As a first-time home buyer, focus your attention on these top tips to select the right realtor to hire.

Get Recommendations
You may have friends, family members, co-workers and other acquaintances who have recently bought or sold a home in your community. Ask them about their experience with their real estate agent. One of the best ways to know what your own experience may be like with a specific agent is to get first-hand feedback from people who you know and trust. Recommendations may steer you toward or away from some people, and some friends may also provide you with personal insight about what to look for in an agent.

Focus on the Market You Are Interested In
If you live in a larger metropolitan area, it is important to focus your real estate agent search on the part of the community that you want to live in. For example, Cooke Realty – Keller Williams Plymouth-Canton is one option to consider if you want to look for homes in the Plymouth area. Agents who specialize in a specific area may have greater insight into market conditions, and this can help you throughout the process.

Interview a Few of Your Top Picks
By following these steps, you may have a short list of a few agents who you may want to work with. Take time to contact each of them by phone, and you may eliminate a few based on their responsiveness and their overall professionalism or helpful attitude. Remember that buying a home can take weeks or even months to complete, so you need to work with a professional who has a positive attitude and who you get along with well on a personal level.

Your real estate agent will be one of your greatest resources when buying your first home, but there may be dozens or hundreds of agents in your area to choose from. By putting these tips into action, you can make the best decision about which agent to hire.

About the Author: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball. The information in this article is credited to Cooke Realty – Keller Williams Plymouth-Canton.

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer and Realty Biz News contributor.
  • One comment on “First-Time Home Buyers: Top Tips for Hiring a Realtor”

    1. I like your tip to get recommendations to find a real estate agent. It's also a good idea to check and see if the agent has a website. During the interview you can ask how much traffic the site gets as well.

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