Whether we like it or not we all need a real estate agent, they help you in areas where you would struggle by yourself.
They set up meetings, find houses appropriate for you, negotiate prices and deal with the legal bits.
So the best thing you can do is find the best estate agent for you, although, this is not that easy - there are hundreds of agents and companies.
Never choose an agent without looking around and doing full research.
What are the best things to look out for? 1.
The ability to answer questions How much do they know about the industry, but more specifically about the area you are looking to invest in.
They should be able to tell you how many houses have been sold in the area and what the average price is.
Look at how the different realtors answer your questions, do they get irritated or try to oversell? You can easily tell when someone is saying facts or making something up to get you on board.
Are they trustworthy This is difficult to assess on your first time meeting the realtor, but perhaps you have heard good things about this agent from someone who has dealt with them before.
From the first meeting, however, you should be able to tell whether you want to deal with this person for the next few months and did you get a feeling that they are looking out for your best interests.
Did they talk about commission on the first day? This should be a concern, because they are making it about them.
Get references The best thing you can do is ask the realtors for references from clients they have had good experiences with, if they don't have any clients contact numbers to give you, then this is a sure sign that are not good enough.
Listen to the neighborhood talk about the different real estate agencies, word of mouth is where you get the honest truth.
Communication How quickly after the initial meeting do they follow up with and do they already have information on your home? Can they explain the buying process in a clear manner that you understand what is going on, especially when it comes to complicated things like transfer duty fees and how to use a bond repayment calculator? Are they able to understand what you are looking for in a home, this is crucial as you don't want to waste time looking at a home that is not suitable for you.