Buying a home can be stressful especially for first time home buyers. The typical process of home searching itself is difficult and people tend to find it challenging as it is a huge financial decision. But there are facts that you may want to consider when starting the whole home buying process, most importantly when choosing your buyer agent. Getting the right person working with you will make the entire process seamless and harmonious.

Here are some of the qualities and factors that you may need to look for in searching for the finest buyer agent:

THEY ARE VERY FAMILIAR WITH THE NEIGHBORHOOD

  • When choosing a buyer agent, you need to look for someone who does not only serve the area you prefer but must also be someone who knows the neighborhood well. It’s your home you’re going to buy, the place you’ll likely to spend an average of 5-7 years in, and so you must make sure that you will be educated on every aspect of the property. First time home buyers want to make especially sure that they will focus on a place they love and feel comfortable in. As soon as you buy the home and get past closing, there’s no turning back. Make it a habit to gather as much information as you can with your areas of preference. Most first time home buyers do not realize that if the home does not meet their expectations at the inspection phase of the process, they can almost always get their earnest money deposit back. A good buyers agent and the lender will help keep their clients on track for those inspection deadlines.

This whole decision is even more crucial for you as a first time home buyer Always think what is your long term goals, and how long do you plan to stay in this location?

Your Buyer agent advocate MUST BE HIGHLY-RATED AND HAVE A GOOD TRACK RECORD

  • If you are a first-time home buyer, you might want to work with someone who will guide you all throughout every step of the buying process. You do not want to work with someone who is also new to the business – because someone needs to be knowledgeable to give you all the options you can have for your future home, and that has to be your Buyer Agent.

Some excellent ratings and great feedback from their past clients is very helpful in making a decision about these agents. These are mostly shown publicly on the internet and Buyer Agent Search profiles. Typically anything public will be a positive review, as agents can easily control what is published on the internet. It won’t hurt to ask them if they happen to have some recent references to share with you.

THEY ARE ACTIVE ONLINE AND HAVE THEIR OWN/ PERSONALIZED WEBSITE

  • It is so important for this generation to have your name shown online. This is true whether it’s through a social media website or a real estate/business website. There are studies that show, most home buyers and sellers are doing their research online, and so the agent you’ll be picking must be fully aware of this and know the current trends in their business. These agents should have the time and the knowhow to get you a good deal.
    A good agent will understand your needs and preferences for your home as a buyer. Take it from the expert!

THEY MUST HAVE THE RIGHT DESIGNATIONS AND CREDENTIALS FOR YOUR NEEDS

You might be wandering around the internet and doing all your searches on your own. However, if you are looking for a specific buyer agent it is helpful to understand what kinds of credentials and designations that agent has in addition to the minimum of two years of experience. Real Estate agents may have different designations that are geared towards seller agents or buyer agents. These credentials are usually shown on websites when doing some research about them and is always indicated on Buyer Agent Search profiles.

THEY SHOULD BE FLEXIBLE AND ALWAYS HAVE A TIME FOR YOU

  • When you have narrowed down your options for a buyers agent, it would be smart to actually ask him/her about their current schedule. Is he working with many other buyers? If so, how many? Are they in the same price range and looking in the same neighborhoods as you? Also, with Covid-19 restrictions and low inventories and multiple offers taking place across most cities in the US, real estate transactions are taking longer to close. It’s important to know if your agent can accommodate you in the actual home buying process.
  • Would you be willing to do drive-bys, or would you be expecting your agent to drive around the neighborhood and give you all the best and possible choices to choose from based on your criteria? Make sure that whoever who pick as your agent, they will always prioritize you and will always have time for you, even if that means working in partnership over-analysis of properties accessed on the internet. Don’t ever feel like you are being demanding once you have the mutual expectations in place. – it is simple a commitment they willingly agreed to in your buyer agency agreement.
Resources for First Time Homebuyers

If you need to sell first, it is also important to choose a good sellers agent. Look here for good interview questions and answers for the seller’s agents.

Whenever you narrow down your agent searches, try to create some interview questions to ask your prospect agents. The association staff will email you a good set of interview questions with broker profiles. The good answers you should expect for some critical questions are listed here on this site. These questions should be deliberately thought and created based on what you like and dislike. These questions will help you understand what type of person you will be dealing with. You will know more about this person and if you will even be compatible with each other. At the end of the day, it’s going to be you and your agent going through all this process together. You need to have your own criteria in choosing your home, but choosing your buyer agent is equally important.

It is easy to find nice and beautiful homes but getting the winning bid and being protected in your purchase will depend on your agent’s negotiation skills. A perfect home may not exist, but an outstanding buyers agent does exist with your informed selection processes. Choose someone carefully, and the end result will be a very positive feeling that you made the right decision about both the agent and the home you purchase.

Kathleen Chiras is the associations manager and web manager for the Colorado Exlusive Buyer Agents Association.