Top Five Things to Consider When Choosing a Real Estate Agent
Pakistan’s biggest property portal examines what house hunters must take into account when searching for an agent
SEPTEMBER 30, 2014: The decision to buy or sell your home is one of the biggest moments in many people’s lives, particularly financially. That means that finding the right real estate agent to guide you through the process is fundamental to success.
Whether you need help setting the right price, professionally marketing your home, or negotiating the final deal, having an agent you can trust can save house buyers and seller’s time, money and aggravation.
Pakistan’s best real estate marketplace, Lamudi.pk has explored the five key points to consider:
If you’re a first time buyer, it is essential to put your investment in the hands of a true real estate expert. If you’re not familiar with the full process of buying or selling a house, make sure that your agent is someone who you can trust, and who has a strong track record in the industry. Make sure to do a thorough Internet search to find more information on how long they have been in the sector if there isn’t anything available, perhaps you should look for someone with more experience.
2. Location Knowledge
Does your potential agent have extensive knowledge of the area in which you’re selling or looking to buy your property? Your agent must have a strong understanding of the history and the nuances of each specific area, so that they can identify and inform you of good opportunities in the market.
3. Top Notch Technology
If your potential real estate agent does not have a handle on the opportunities provided by the Internet, perhaps he or she is not the right agent for you. Do they have a professional, updated webpage, with lots of high quality images? Have they updated their social media platforms recently? Do they have any followers on social media and do they interact with their audience? All of these are questions you should be asking when looking for the right real estate agent for you.
4. Current Listings
How do their current listings look? Make sure you have a look at the current homes for rent and sale on a real estate agent’s website and ask yourself whether the photos are of a high enough quality, are video tours available, are the listed features accurate. Remember, it will be your house up there if you’re selling, and your future home if you’re buying or renting – all the facts must be correct.
5. Your Gut Feeling
Do you like your potential agent on a personal level? If the answer to this questions is no, keep looking. No matter how much experience an agent has, if you don’t feel comfortable telling them exactly what you’re looking for, then the partnership will not work. The right agent for you should have patience, an abundance of information and a communicative, approachable disposition. Trust your instincts and think about whether this person will help you to achieve the end result that you’re looking for.
Launched in 2013, Lamudi, is a global property portal focusing exclusively on emerging markets. The fast-growing platform is currently available in 28 countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, with more than 600,000 real estate listings across its global network. The leading real estate marketplace offers sellers, buyers, landlords and renters a secure and easy-to-use platform to find or list properties online.