A good real estate agent can make or break a home search, especially if you’re a young buyer. If you are in the market for a new home, there is no better place to look than C21 Sand County Services.
According to a new report by the National Association of Realtors, 90 percent of adults 34 and younger who bought a home in the 12-month period ending June 2014 used an agent. “They want someone who is going to help them through the process because they’ve never done this before,” said Jessica Lautz, director of survey research and communications at the association. “And that’s different from the other age categories.”
Many young buyers rely on referrals from family and friends to find an agent, according to the study. But before you pick an agent, here are four questions to ask.
Whom do you represent?
You want an agent who will look out for your best interest. Some states allow what’s known as dual agency, in which an agent can represent both a buyer and a seller in the same transaction. By representing both sides, however, the agent can only give limited advice. So-called exclusive buyer agents represent only homebuyers. As a result, the chance of a conflict of interest is minimal. Even traditional brokerages that both list homes and represent buyers — but not on the same deal — can’t make that claim.
When do you require a signed agreement?
At some point, your agent will ask you to sign what’s known as a buyer agreement, which essentially says you will work exclusively with the agent for a set period, usually 90 days. In some states, an agreement does not have to be signed until a buyer is about to make an offer on a home. In other states, an agreement has to be signed before you begin touring homes. In general, you want to see if you and your agent get along before you sign an agreement. So ask if you can spend an afternoon or two looking at homes together without a contract.
What services will you provide?
Make sure you understand what services the agent will provide, such as finding open houses and submitting offers on properties. Also discuss how frequently your agent will be in touch and by what means (email, text or phone). In addition, ask if she can recommend mortgage lenders, repairmen and other local service providers you may need for a home.
You can find more sales statistics about your neighborhood by entering your address into Realtor.com/local.
Company Name: C21 Sand County Services, Inc.
Phone: (715) 349-5300
Country: United States