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When you decide it's time to buy a house, it's a good idea to choose a real estate agent who knows the area and who will represent your interests. Let John Arquette Properties be of service when you begin your search for a new home in the Syracuse area.

Why You Need an Agent

Working with a quality real estate agent can be one of the best decisions when looking to buy a new home. Agents working in a certain area have a better grasp on the market and the types of homes that may fit your needs, and they can guide you to the best open houses. When you choose to work with a certified realtor, you are also making more resources available for your search. Realtors have access to expanded search databases and the most up-to-date industry information.

What to Look for in a Realtor

When choosing a real estate agent, most homebuyers are interested in someone who is an excellent communicator, accessible, and trustworthy. Choosing a real estate specialist who knows the area, is organized, and is a good negotiator are prized traits.

Your real estate agent should also have a firm command of technology in order to find the most up-to-date information at the best prices. Be sure to ask if they have any pricing tools or interactive maps, too.

Common Red Flags to Avoid When Choosing an Agent

Buying a home is a major investment, which is just one of the many reasons you should be on guard against these red flags when choosing a realtor. Like all business decisions, you should always question claims that seem too good to be true. Be wary of agents who only work in real estate part-time or who do not specialize in the type of property you're interested in purchasing.

Interview more than just one agent. Getting to know different agents will tell you a lot about not only the market but also those working in it. Most importantly, it is prudent to do your research, read reviews, and don't be afraid to ask questions.

Setting Expectations

With so many complicating factors—from home sellers changing their minds to short sales and faulty loan applications—it's not uncommon for offers to fall through or for real estate listings to drop off of the market. It is important to set your expectations with a real estate agent and to feel comfortable in relaying concerns or disappointments. A realtor should be able to provide you with reasonable feedback about pricing expectations, as well as when and what to expect from any potential deal failures.

Interviewing a Prospective Agent

When choosing a potential agent, it's important to be thorough and to, again, ask questions. The answers given will tell you a lot about the realtor's experience, communication skills, and general approach to real estate. Some recommended questions include:

  • What sets you apart from your competitors in the area?
  • Do you have any certifications or designations?
  • Will you be representing me exclusively, or might you also represent the home seller, too?
  • Can you give an idea of how much the closing costs might be?

When it comes to buying a home, it’s important to remember that you are in control. Take your time and ensure that you are happy with your decision. Working with a quality realtor can help present you with the best available options to fit your needs.