Buying a home as a first time home buyer in Dallas is one of the single most important decisions you will make in your life. When choosing a REALTOR® it is important that you find someone who you can relate with, as well as one who will provide top-notch service and meet your unique needs.Here are a few things to consider when choosing your Dallas real estate agent when buying a home.
1. How long have you been in residential real estate sales? While experience is no guarantee of skill, real estate — like many other professions — is mostly learned on the job.
2. What designations do you hold? Designations such as ABR, GRI and CRS® — which require that agents take additional, specialized real estate training — are held by only about one-quarter of real estate practitioners.
3. Do you have online reviews on multiple websites that I can read to learn more about the experience of your past clients? These reviews indicate that the REALTOR® is willing to put his name out on the internet and is open to client feedback - both good and bad.
4. How many people did you help in the past 12-months find a home they love? By asking this question, you’ll get a good idea of how much experience the real estate agent has.
5. How can you help me negotiate the best deal for me, and can you give me an example of a recent negotiation? This is one indication of how skilled the REALTOR® is, and what types of things they have helped negotiate in the past.
6. Will you represent me exclusively, or will you represent both the buyer and the seller in the transaction? While it’s usually legal to represent both parties in a transaction, it’s important to understand where the practitioner’s obligations lie. Your REALTOR® should explain his or her agency relationship to you and describe the rights of each party.
7. Can you recommend service providers who can help me obtain a mortgage, make home repairs, and help with other things I need done? Because REALTORS® are immersed in the industry, they’re wonderful resources as you seek lenders, home improvement companies, and other home service providers. Practitioners should generally recommend more than one provider and let you know if they have any special relationship with or receive compensation from any of the providers.
8. What’s your business philosophy? While there’s no right answer to this question, the response will help you assess what’s important to the agent and determine how closely the agent’s goals and business emphasis mesh with your own.