Choosing a Real Estate Agent
Choosing the right agent is important. Here is what you should look for and questions you should ask.
Choosing the right agent – What to look for
A property, whether it is your family home, first home, investment or something in between, is often your most valuable asset. As a real estate agent is responsible for connecting you to your desire home, choosing the right one is a big decision.
Their connections, local market knowledge and real estate expertise play an important role in ensuring you get the results you desire in the shortest time possible.
To ensure you’re choosing the best agent for the job, it pays to ask pertinent questions. You’ll need to feel comfortable with whomever you select when buying real estate.
Some Important Features of a Real Estate Agent
Local Agent: It’s important that the agent you choose knows the area you are buying in and that they are aware of other properties for sale and properties that have recently sold. Jimmick Homes has real estate agents right across Nigeria working in your local area. They are experts at knowing the local market and can give you an honest appraisal on the expected value of your desired property and assess how it is placed in the market alongside similar properties.
Experience: Does the agent display local knowledge of your area and do they have experience in the method of sale you are looking at using? Can they show you any comparable previous sales?
Market Knowledge: The agent should be able to give you a local market report of your area and surrounding areas. They should know about property trends, schools, transport, demographics and the sorts of buyers looking for homes in the area. Ask your local Jimmick Homes agent for our industry leading Local Market report packed with property information, trends and insights just for your neighborhood.
See them in action: An excellent way to assess an agent is to see how they perform at an open for inspection. At the inspection watch their behavior, were they on time? Do they stand at the door and welcome attendees and capture their details? Do they highlight the property’s features and could they answer any question you put to them? Did they follow up after the open for inspection offering more information? And was their marketing of the property of a good standard?
Trustworthy: Honesty and trust are key to any good relationship – especially in real estate.
Approachable: You’ll need to find an agent who you feel comfortable with, who will listen to your concerns, answer honestly your questions and who is approachable by you and prospective buyers.
References: Don’t be afraid to ask for references and referrals, as speaking with past clients can give you an idea of how the agent has performed previously.
Professional expertise: Can they clearly outline the activities they undertake and offer a guarantee of service? Can they show you their recent results including sale prices, time on market etc?