It’s easy to be confused between the terms “real estate agent” and “real estate broker.” They are often interchanged and they usually mean the same thing. The term “agent” is often the blanket title used when referring to most real estate professionals, though it may not reflect the highest level of training they have completed.
You don’t have to take the first real estate agent you come across. Consider several agents – their interests, training, and location and then narrow it down to a few that seem to best fit your requirements.
For example, if you are hoping to have a new home there are training designations that an agent can earn that provide extra knowledge in the details of working with a builder, contractors, and specific bank financing.
If you are looking for a bank-owned property. there are agents that have specialized experience in Real Estate Owned (REO) property, which means the home is owned by the bank.
When you’ve narrowed down your list, interview those agents to see how their personality fits your own. Ask about their level of experience, their track record, referrals or reviews, what skills they have that will assist your individual concerns or needs, and how easily they can be reached during the process.
Once you have chosen your agent, take some time to review both your and your agent’s expectations, regarding what you are looking for in a property and what you expect by way of communications. This will help things get off to a smooth start and keep the process moving.
Here are some topics worthy of discussion:
When you’re ready to begin the interviewing process to find that perfect agent, be sure to contact us at Manhattan Real Estate. We think you’ll find us to be personable, easy to work with, and thoroughly knowledgeable about the Manhattan real estate market at any point in time.