Denver’s beautiful sunshine is back and it’s the perfect time to begin looking for a house. With the market as crazy as it is with houses being bought, in all-cash, the same day it is put on the market, one way to ease the stress of finding a new house (or selling yours) is to find the right real estate agent.
BBB recommends buyers interview several candidates before choosing one to help in their search for a new home. Ask friends and family for references, then check each real estate agent’s BBB Business Review to see his or her history of complaints, BBB rating and more. Ensure each agent is properly licensed.
During the interview process, ask the agent for recommendations from previous clients. Ask how many home buyers the agent has assisted in the last year and the average price of the home purchased. If you’re looking for a bargain, ask about his or her experience with short sales and foreclosures.
In addition, buyers should have a list of needs and wants to discuss with each agent during this process. Discuss your total budget, including down payment, closing costs and other fees, as well as how much you can afford for a monthly payment. If possible, get pre-approved for a mortgage so you have hard numbers to work with.
Be wary of agents who make big promises while asking for little. It’s unlikely they will be able to deliver.