We know that a huge part in most adults life, whether they’re single or married, is finding a home. A place where you can call your own. A humble abode in which you can be proud of. If you’ve ever bought a home before, you know exactly how hard it is to be a first time buyer. You want the best you can possibly find for the greatest price.  You’re so determined to find that deal, that overlook a few things, and trust a few too many people. Then you end up settling for a home that is still okay, but isn’t exactly what you want. You ended up with that house, because you’re young and naive, and were probably strong handed into a deal by a real estate professional who was really just interested in the big fat commission they’re going to make off of you.  When hopping into the house hunt for the first time, you have to remember to cover your bases. You have to be smart, and vigilant. You are a fish in the ocean, and all the sharks want to eat you. Here’s a few tips for choosing a real estate company or professional, so you don’t get taken advantage of.

1. Research

I wasn’t sure if i should save this for last, because it is probably the most important. It’s also the most obvious things to do, but you would be surprised by the amount of people who don’t research and just sort jump in and hope for the best. Which isn’t really the safest things to do. The first thing to look for would be how long the company/agent has been around for. If they’re still fairly new, and don’t have a lot of clients it could mean that they are using you as practice, which isn’t good if you’re looking for the best possible service. The best thing to do is find  someone who is engaged in a specific area and price range. They also need to have a strong market presence.

2. Check the Licensing

This is a great way to find out if a specific agent is actually licensed, and if there have been any disciplinary actions or complaints towards the agent/company you’re considering.

3. The Right Credentials 

Depending on what you’re looking for, there is different areas that real estate agents specialize in. Kind of like how some doctors specialize in one thing and other doctors specialize in another. It’s sort of the same with real estate agents. There’s 3 main designations that fall under this umbrella. CRS “(Certified Residential Specialist), In addition to their general training, these agent specialize in residential real estate. ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative)  These agents completed additional education in representing buyer’s in a transaction. SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist). These agents completed training in helping buyers and sellers in the 50-plus age range.

4. Talk with Previous Clients

After all you’re research, if you’re still not convinced or if you’ve still go a funny feeling, check to see what previous clients have to say. What better way to get insight, that by talking to someone who has experienced what you’re about to experience. You don’t even have to talk to anyone. In this day and age most testimonials are all online.

5. Look at their current listings

You can look at how closely the agent’s listings mirror the property you want to buy or sell. Are they in the same area? Is the price range similar? And does the agent have enough listings to indicate a healthy business, but not so many that you’d be just another number.

There you go folks! a few tips for you. Hopefully they will help steer you in the right direction. Happy House Hunting. Check Our Resources page for a list of trusted companies, which have received 4 stars or better. Check Our Reviews page for more insight into trusted companies.


Staff Writer