There are a lot of real estate agents and brokers, especially in major markets like Atlanta, Nashville, and Raleigh. Finding the right one can unlock opportunities for you and help you win the perfect house.
It’s important to find an agent who you can build a relationship with. They’re part of your team so you should meet with however many you need to to feel like, “Yes! This is our person.” Here’s how you know you’ve found the right buying agent.
Your agent is responsible for all of the negotiations and contracts. That’s a lot of important steps that happen outside of your eye-line. Your agent should be clearly and transparently telling you where they are in the process, how it’s going, and what the timeline is looking like. They should also ensure that you understand all of the jargon and what you’re signing—it can be overwhelming if you’re a first time buyer.
By the time you’re ready to make an offer, you should feel confident about your agent’s opinion. They should be realistic and honest, even if it’s hard for you to hear. Your first offer should be your strongest offer. The highest offer doesn’t always win, so your agent should be helping you make something educated and well-rounded.
A great agent is an expert beyond just local market pricing. Your agent should recommend community contacts happily and share insider knowledge that you couldn’t get anywhere else. This is especially important if you’re moving from out-of-state.
Do they know a good roofer? Do they know if this street gets heavy traffic during carpool time because of the local school? Is that property across the street in contract to become a large condo that will block your view? They should know all the answers or, at least, where to get them.
There are lots of technology and platforms on the market that can help you save money and/or make the best offer. Your agent should have a solution for every situation. Does your agent know about Ribbon? Our RibbonCash solutions can turn your offer into all cash and eliminate home selling and inspect contingencies, so you’re 3x more likely to win. Plus, you’ll get appraisal protection, so if your appraisal protection comes in low you won’t lose financing!