Real estate transactions involve one of the biggest financial investments most people experience in their lifetime.
The median home price for homes in Williamson County in June was $280,000. If you had a $280,000 income tax problem, would you attempt to deal with it without the help of a certified public accountant? If you had a $280,000 legal question, would you deal with it without the help of an attorney? Considering a deal in real estate without the professional assistance of a licensed real estate professional is just as foolish.
Now, it is important to know that all real estate licensees are not the same. Only real estate licensees who are members of the National Association of Realtors are properly called Realtors.
They proudly display the Realtor logo on the business card or other marketing and sales literature. They are committed to treating all parties to a transaction honestly. And most importantly, they subscribe to a strict code of ethics and maintain a higher level of knowledge of the process of buying and selling real estate.
But how to do you find a Realtor? This can be a very daunting process even if you’ve bought or sold a home multiple times. First off, this is not a time to be shy and reserved; this entails one of the largest financial decisions you will make in your lifetime.
Some questions worth asking:
How long have you been in real estate? Are you looking for an agent that got their license yesterday or someone with a little experience under their belt? This is something to really consider. A more experienced agent should know the market better, know the programs available and be able to network your house. However, that doesn’t mean a new agent should be immediately discounted.
How long have you lived in this area? Another important question. You don’t want an agent who lives over an hour away helping you. An agent who has lived in the area for years might know more than an agent who has only been here for a couple years.
Do you have a team, or do you work alone? Understand expectations. Will you be communicating with only the agent, or are they going to pass you off to an assistant or another agent on the team? Don’t discount either option; just know what you are getting before signing that contract.
What is your schedule? Real estate is seen by many as a part-time job, and as such, it’s great to know if the Realtor you are hiring can only take phone calls after 6 p.m. and on weekends. You do not want to miss an opportunity finding your dream home because your agent is working another job. Also see if your agent is taking time off in the near future, and if they will work remotely in that case.
How will you market my property? Or how will you find my new home? There are many multiple listing services in Central Texas, and knowing if your Realtor belongs to one or more is very important. The more listing services an agent is a member, the wider the exposure. Many members of the Williamson County Association belong to two listing services: the Central Texas MLS, covering numerous counties including Williamson, Bell, Lampasas, Hays, Comal and Caldwell; and another covering Travis and Williamson counties.
Again, this is one of the biggest financial decisions you will make in your life. Ask your friends and family for names of the agent they worked with, and if they were satisfied. Interview more than one agent, find out their style, do they return phone calls and how late or early will they answer the phone.
If your friends do not have any recommendations, visiting wclife.org is a good place to start.
I wish you the best of luck whether you are buying or selling real estate.
Original Source: http://www.statesman.com/news/local/gantner-ask-these-questions-before-choosing-realtor/qvIPMTOEfNdKU85XsywcLI/
Original Author: Suzanne Gantner
Original Date: July 12 2017