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how to find a real estate agent(3 posts)

how to find a real estate agentBecky
Oct 9, 2003 10:27 AM
We're beginning to think about buying our first home. How does one go about finding a real estate agent, other than recommendations from others?
Thanks!

Becky
speed datingmohair_chair
Oct 9, 2003 10:48 AM
The best way is to get recommendations from others, so if you have that option, take it. If you have no recommendations, you can only pick one randomly and hope you get a good one. You can greatly increase your chances of finding a compatible agent by going to open houses in the area you are looking at and talking to the agents. They might be busy, so you may not get much time. It's the equivalent of speed dating, where prospects get three minutes with each other before they have to move on to the next one. This won't guarantee a good agent, but it should eliminate most of the bad ones.
I would go with the referrallotterypick
Oct 9, 2003 3:50 PM
Really when it comes down to it, you want a person who sort of will value the referral and make sure they take care of you.

It's a stressful time and you would rather have someone you can trust to look out for your interest.

The other thing to consider if you don't go for the referral is looking for the realtor who is representing the house and negotiating their rate down.

With housing prices so high, they don't need 6%.

Similarly, there are agents who advertise that their rate will be lower, so if you want to save money that is another way to go.

I don't think you should negotiate with the referral since it's a friends deal. But when I bought homes they were on referral and that person has been our friend and very thoughtful and helpful ever since. You may value that community thing, but then again I live in that kind of place (small town).