Having the right real estate agent can make all the difference for your Arizona home buying/selling experience and for your bottom line. Every home buyer is unique, and while there are no one-size-fits all features of the perfect real estate agent, there are certain features you can look for in choosing the best agent for your Arizona home purchase or sale.
An excellent place to begin is by asking friends and family if they have worked with anyone they would recommend. When an agent does good work in the area, word will get around. It’s important to note that well-intentioned people will sometimes refer you to someone with whom they have a personal relationship who also happens to be a realtor. Just because their best friend, cousin, or brother-in-law is a nice person, doesn’t mean they have the real estate experience and skills you need. Make sure that when you get referrals, they are from people who have had professional experience with the agent. You can also check online for reviews. However, be sure that you visit trustworthy websites as you gather your information.
Once you have the names of a few real estate agents, set up a time to meet in person and discuss selling your home. Meeting face to face is a good way to get a sense of whether or not you are going to feel comfortable working together. If you are unable to sit down in person, set up a meeting by phone, Skype, Facetime, or other type of video call. As you ask questions, you can gauge whether you are in sync with this individual and have faith in their ability to find your new home.
In a competitive market, properties can move in the blink of an eye. When you are buying in a place such as Maricopa County, it’s crucial that you are able to get in touch with your agent in a timely manner, so you don’t miss out on any opportunities. Your realtor does not have to be on call 24/7, but they should be reasonably accessible, especially during the days and times when new MLS listings are set to hit the market.
Additionally, when you are discussing your new home, you want to feel that your agent is listening and understands what matters to you. For instance, if you have told your realtor that you absolutely don’t want a pool, and they keep showing you properties with pools, there may be a communication problem.
Real estate is a profession that has a lot of part-time agents. Some individuals become realtors as a post-retirement job or to supplement their full-time work. Others may occasionally do real estate work while they are devoting themselves to their families or other interests. However, Arizona real estate law is a complex and ever-evolving area, and you need an agent who is staying abreast of its latest developments on a full-time basis. Additionally, when a market is competitive, agents need to be actively devoted to their work in order to get the best properties for their clients. There is also no substitute for the experience of a committed real estate professional. An agent who is engaged in their work and the market will be able to provide you with essential advice regarding various aspects of the process. This kind of guidance comes from years of experience and being connected to the Arizona real estate community and culture.
Attorney Laura B. Bramnick is an experienced Arizona real estate attorney who can help you navigate your real estate purchase or sale. If you are seeking an exceptional, client-driven real estate lawyer in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Sedona and throughout the State of Arizona, contact Laura B. Bramnick to schedule your consultation.