March 29, 2011 9:43 am
By John Voket, RISMedia Contributing Editor
RISMEDIA, March 29, 2011-When it comes to buying a home, it pays to partner with the best real estate professional available. And since a transaction of this nature will certainly be among your most significant financial commitments, you need to choose the agent or broker who is best suited to handle the deal, and the specific desires of his or her client-you.
If you are venturing into the real estate market for the first time, and wondering what to look for in an agent, take some sage advice of Bob Stewart. He and his wife, Carolyn, have been catering to buyers and sellers in the greater Salt Lake City area for almost 15 years.
In general, he recommends first time buyers to meet many and narrow their list of candidates to a few finalists before making up their minds.
"You should find an agent with a proven track record," Stewart says. "They should work full time in the real estate field, and should have worked in real estate for some time so they have some experience."
Stewart says that since the thriving markets in recent years have brought a lot of new blood to the field, that influx may have deluded the quality of agents in Salt Lake City or anywhere else.
"So you shouldn't be afraid to tell an agent you are considering several before you make your choice," he explains. "We always assume potential clients are interviewing several others."
Agents should focus on their strengths in the interview, notes Stewart, but it's more important to look for individuals who seem comfortable and experienced.
"The potential client should get a feel for whether or not their personality meshes with the agent being interviewed-it bodes well for a good working relationship," Stewart says. "And it's important that a client not feel slighted if an agent determines they are not right for you, either. It's almost always for the best."
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