I recently started working with a buyer's agent in Colorado. and I have had a really great experience with it so far. I went to the buyer's association in Colorado, and they had a list of questions to ask potential buyer's agents:
You can also read about the experience of meeting with a buyer's agent on their blog.
The 3 most important things to find out would be:
1. Names and numbers of their former Buyer Clients that you can call for a reference and a list of the properties they have sold as a Buyer's Agent in the last 12 months.
2. What is the list to sales price ratio of homes that you have sold when representing buyers? (the lower the better) - This will show you how good their negotiation skills are.
3. Make sure they are full time successful agents who know your marketplace. Ask them exactly what they will do for you and what you should expect from them. (Make sure they fullfil you expectations) - They should be doing everything Linette said in the previous message as well as be a really good listener and a great negotiator.
Good luck! If you don't know where to start or who you should call in your area, I will be glad to help you find someone.
1)Do you do Real Estate full time? If they are part time it is difficult for them to take you out touring and return phone calls in a timely manner, unless they are doing RE while working at their day job.
2) Will you be helping me through the entire process of buying a home? It's not just about finding a home for a buyer. They should be able to help you through the mortgage process, be there for inspections, make sure all paperwork is to the lawyers or whomever they need to be. Make sure you have set up your utilities, etc.
3) Once your in your home will they follow up and make sure you don't have any questions. This is especially important if you are not from the area. Doctors, Lawyers, schools, mechanics, camps, etc. We have alot of that info and if we don't we have the resources to get you some recommendations. I have even recommended a few financial advisors. Good luck in your search for an agent.
If they are full-time or part-time
If they, specifically are going to work with you or if they will have a team approach to assisting you.
Finally, ask any additional questions you feel are important to making your decision!
Working with a full-time agent exclusively will provide you with the best results. First, ask your friends and family for recommendations. Second, when interviewing them, assess their understanding of the marketplace and ask for a few recommendations of past clients that have settled in the last 3 months and of those they are currently working with to determine their level of professionalism. Third, do they have a handle on financing and the process enough to assist you in getting the transaction to close? Finally, an Accredited Buyer Representative has undergone additional coursework to service the needs of Buyers. Good luck hunting!!!
To find more info, go to http://www.naeba.org