As you start to plan for buying and selling your Boulder home, you are going to have a ton of things on your plate, a million details dancing in you head, and a lot of questions. For many, buying or selling your home and moving can be really stressful. You need a pro on your side and in your corner to coach you through the process. So how do you pick a great agent? What things are really important to know and ask?
As you begin your hunt for a great agent, you may need to ask yourself some questions first. First and foremost, what are your expectations for your agent? What is most important to you in the process of buying or selling your home? Is getting top dollar the most important thing? Or is it fantastic customer service and communication? Is it more important to have the old-hat market expert or would you like an agent who you really connect with? Write down the most important ways you would like an agent to help you and then search that person out.
So, once you know the kind of agent you are looking for, ask friends and family for referrals. Someone you know may have had a fantastic experience in the past with an agent they love (conversely, they may tell you who to stay away from!). After that, search the web for agents in your area. Be specific on neighborhoods or types of homes you are interested in. If you want a Martin Acres ranch home, type that in. If you want a mountain mansion near Nederland, type that in. The more specific you are the better. You will be able to tell pretty quickly who specializes in the type of home you are looking for.
Once you get a good idea of who specializes in your area, it’s time to get on the phone. Give the agent a call and pick their brain for a couple of minutes. You will want to ask a couple of key questions like these:
1. I am looking for a vacation home outside of Lyons. Is this your area your expertise? If it’s not, can you please recommend someone who does a lot of work there?
2. Are you a full time real estate agent?
3. What is special about the service that you provide?
The agent will likely want to set up an appointment so you can meet face to face. If you like how they sound so far, go meet them. Real estate agents are generally pretty friendly folk who like to help. Even if you aren’t quite ready to buy or sell , they will set you up with some practical steps you can take to get on the right track. They will provide you info on great lenders in your area, how the buying or selling process works, info on neighborhoods you like, schools, tax info- the list goes on and on.
Most importantly, make sure you like their personality. You will be spending some significant time with this person. They have a lot to do with how easy or hard your transaction will be. You want someone you like on your side.
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