The first rule of choosing an agent when buying a new home is to use an agent that is an expert on the neighborhood in which you are interested in buying.
What makes Ebby agents experts is their knowledge of current and past trends on the sale and purchase of all different types of homes in a given community (e.g. Plano townhomes, Dallas single-family homes, Fort Worth condos, etc.), in addition to knowing all the local facts relevant to your home selection. That means they are aware of community information, schools, taxes, how to check about local crime and happenings.
They also have knowledge of the home market in the community. What is the typical sales price for a home? How much does the type of home you are looking for typically cost? Your Ebby agent will be able to give you a breakdown of homes in your price range and where they are located.
The key to an expert agent being able to service you well is his or her communications skills. They will do a lot of listening and ask a few key questions. An effective agent needs to understand your current financial situation, and your needs for purchasing a home.
It is important to remember that good communication is a two-way street. You need to be open and honest with an agent to save both you and them time and effort. If you aren't looking to buy for an extended period of time (3 months or longer), be upfront about that. Also be upfront about your financial situation. If you are a first-time home buyer and can only get 3% down for a home, let your agent know. You will be surprised at how innovative an agent can be in helping you find solutions to your problems.
The final criteria for an expert agent is their ability to use technology to help you with your home search. An expert agent will be able to utilize electronic multiple listing services to gather information on housing trends for you. They can advise you on how to best use our website to find all the information you need. They will be able to provide you with information on your options in a timely fashion.
A key piece to having an expert agent work for you is integrity. How honest is an agent in dealing with you?
So how do you determine if an agent is an expert, and how do you know if they are honest? It's a good idea to ask friends or family members for recommendations of an agent.
Here are a few points we recommend you consider when making your choice:
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