(Closed) Which Realtor to pick?

posted 5 years ago in Home
  • poll: Which buyer's agent?
    High sales, big company, busy realtor : (7 votes)
    29 %
    Small new company, great informative online presence, experienced but not a huge # of sales : (3 votes)
    13 %
    Discount realtor : (0 votes)
    Above doesn't influence me at all, just depends on who I click with : (11 votes)
    46 %
    Wouldn't pick a specific one. Just use the seller's agent : (0 votes)
    Other - explained below : (3 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
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    1572 posts
    Bumble bee

    I guess it depends on what kind of buyer you are and what kind of sales they tend to do – as a first-time homebuyer I went with someone who work with a lot of first-timers and has a good record, but not so overly busy that I didn’t feel like a priority. The interviews may be the most telling thing. Good luck!

    Post # 4
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    2685 posts
    Sugar bee

    We bought our first house last year and had a wonderful realtor who was with a smaller firm.  He was very quick to respond and gave us a lot of valuable information.  We had spoken with a couple of realtors at bigger firms, but were not as impressed with the attention we got.  I think the experience really depends on who is most hungry for your business, so I’d speak with a variety of realtors and see which one you click with.

    Post # 7
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    752 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    There is something like that here, called redfin, but is not available in the state I’ll be moving to, but I love that you can read reviews about the realtors right on their site, and see their averages for DOM listings, etc.

    I say save money where you can, so long as you find a professional that will get the job done for you and be on your side!

    Post # 8
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    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    If it’s a complex market, I wouldn’t go with someone who doesn’t have much experience. Here in San Fran, that’s a death sentence for your offers! There’s got to be a good balance between experience and level of business. And for real, don’t use a seller’s agent as a buyer (ever).

    Post # 9
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    2224 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    My mother is a realtor herself, I’ll ask her who she’d vote for, but before any of that I absolutely urge you to get your own buyers agent and do not go with only the sellers agent. While I’m sure they will still be ethical, they will NOT be looking to help you- they will only be looking to get as much money out of you for their buyer, that is their focus and their goal. A buyers agent will help guide you through the process and will fight for you.

    Post # 10
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    1963 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    @Omgbunnies:  +1! 

    We didn’t do a lot of research on agents honestly. We saw a few houses with one agent who clearly did not like working with first time buyers so we found someone else with the same agency (remax) who didn’t mind all our questions and indecisiveness. I think it comes down to finding someone you’re comfortable with. Funnily enough the house we ended up buying was listed by the original agent we were working with so if he had been more willing to work with a first time buyer he could have had all the commission. But his loss I gguess!

    Post # 13
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    2224 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @AB Bride:  She said go with whoever you click with, and interview at least 3 realtors before deciding.

    Post # 14
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    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I would go with whoever seems the most responsive. It’s a competitive seller’s market where we are so if your agent doesn’t send over the offer within 24 hours for you to sign, there’s a good chance the house will go into pending before you get your offer in.

    It would also help if they had a good idea of what you like/don’t like so you don’t have to find all the listings yourself.

    Ideally, they would have a lot of experience, especially if your budget is on the lower-end and you are targeting good deals like short sales and foreclosures. These are trickier than a standard sale and I don’t know if a noob would know the ins and outs and how to present offers attractively.

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