How to Choose a Buyer's Agent

Selecting a real estate agent to help you buy a home should be done with care. For most people, their home is their single most valuable asset, so it is vitally important to select an agent who you trust will represent your best interests and who can help you find the right home in the right location at the right price.

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Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Buyer's Agent:

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How long have you been licensed as a real estate agent?

Experience is important when it comes to understanding the fluctuations and trends of the local market. An experienced agent should know whether a home is well priced before you make an offer.

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Are you a full-time or part-time agent? Do you have another career?

Availability and communication is essential when negotiating the purchase of your home. A full-time agent will be more readily available than an agent who has another job or career. Even with full-time agents, be sure to double-check their availability and contact methods to ensure they fit your schedule and preferred communication style.

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Have you recently listed or sold homes similar to those that I am seeking?

Choose an agent who is familiar with your marketplace and regularly sells property in the area you’re searching. They’ll have great knowledge of local pricing and likely be able to point you in the direction of a good neighborhood, location, or home.

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Do you belong to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS)?

The Multiple Listing Services are cooperative information networks of REALTORS® that provide descriptions of most of the houses for sale in a particular region. An agent who belongs to the MLS has access to the most and most up-to-date listings in the area.

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Will you represent me as a Buyer's Agent?

Have the Realtor explain the agency relationship in a transaction including buyer agency, seller agency, and dual agency. Make sure they will represent you strictly as a Buyer’s Agent.

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Are you familiar with the area and type of homes I'm interested in?

If you’re thinking of purchasing a waterfront home, ask your agent how much experience they have dealing specifically with waterfront real estate. If you’re looking around a specific lake, such as Lake Namekagon, or near a trail, like CAMBA, ask the Realtor how much experience they have in these specific locations.

Don't forget personality. When interviewing agents, consider how comfortable you feel with each. A highly qualified agent who’s too pushy or doesn’t mesh with your communication style can still be the wrong agent for you. Choose an agent that you can work with and who you believe with work hard for you.


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