Buying or selling property is no piece of cake. It is a lengthy process. Often, it is also a defining point in one's life: to buy and move to a new house; to sell the home that you've lived in for years.
When it comes to transacting property, it's ideal to have the services of a marked professional in your corner. Here, the broker becomes your key to getting it all down pat.
A good broker has the know-how, the experience, and the resources to get you the best deal, whether you're buying or selling. Here are a few places were you can start looking for an agent that best suits your needs:
Look for brokers’ agencies
Brokerage firms, agencies, associations, groups and offices: there's a bunch of them in any one city, and you can start your search by looking up the best-performing agencies where you are, or where you're moving to. Look to the Internet, the classifieds, or the yellow pages. Do your due diligence: research. Learn more about these agencies, then get in touch. Location is key, as they say, so best get an agent from the company with a good success rate in your neighborhood.
Approach family, friends, and colleagues for recommendations. Post on social media and let your contacts know you're in the market. You never know: they just might point you in the right direction -- or to the right person, for that matter. Ask them if they know of anyone who has recently bought or sold property at the neighborhood in question. Have them refer you to that person so you can, in turn, ask them whether they'd hired a realtor they would recommend.
Go to an open house
An open house isn't just for buyers -- or snooty neighbors, for that matter. Experts in the field know this. Realtors often go to open houses to scout for clients, too. So drop in at an open house in the neighborhood. Meet and mingle, and you might just cross paths with an agent you can work with. Open houses also provide the opportunity to learn more about the value of the home in question, which could be useful if your in the market to buy or sell a similar property. Here, you can also pick up a few staging and presentation ideas, if you were selling your home.
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