Buying a house can be a roller coaster ride and having a great real estate agent can mean the difference between a gut-wrenching experience and a joyful thrill. How do you go about finding the right person to guide you through the homebuying process? Here are a few suggestions:
- Ask your friends and family. Personal referrals are one of the best ways to find an agent. People you know can tell you about their experience, what went well and what frustrated them. They can help you decide if the person who helped them is someone you’d like helping you.
- Read on-line reviews. Look for specific examples of what an agent did well and what their previous clients noticed about them.
- Visit open houses. One of the main reasons agents host open houses is to meet potential clients. Use this opportunity to visit with different agents to get a feel for how they interact with you. Are they friendly and knowledgeable? Do they seem like someone you would like to spend more time with?
- Make a few phone calls. While not as good as meeting face-to-face, talking to an agent on the phone can give you a feel for what they are like. Do they answer their phone right away? Do they sound like they are smiling when they talk? Do they seem rushed or comfortable?
Any licensed real estate agent can show you houses and write offers but you want someone working for you that will look out for your best interests and answer any questions or concerns promptly and accurately. If you are looking in the Walla Walla Valley, I would love to be that person for you. Call or email me today. Sarah Bergman, John L. Scott, Walla Walla, 509-240-6826, email: email@example.com.