How to Find the Best Realtor in NH
How do you find the best realtor in NH that fits your needs? It can be intimidating to select a realtor and company to work with. Premier Home Inspection Services would like to help! We have put the ultimate cheat sheet on realtors together to assist you with finding the best realtor for buying and selling your home. In order to do that, we need to understand the behind the scenes operation between realtor and client. Also, read first hand from a NH REALTOR on why communication is especially important.
Where to start?! It’s important to interview 2-4 agents in an effort to find who you feel the most comfortable with, and who listens to your unique needs and wants. It’s essential to ask your real estate professional questions about what to expect throughout the transaction.
- How will you keep me informed about the progress of my transaction and how frequently?
- What would be the closing costs involved?
- What is your plan with selling my house OR what is your plan with finding a home for me?
Lynn Gettings, a REALTOR in Southern New Hampshire, agrees that realtors need to be asked questions by clients, such as, “What makes you different from other agents? Who do you use for outside resources? (Inspector, Title Company, Lender, etc.) Do you have references?” There is no such thing as a silly question!
Lynn adds, “It’s very important to make sure you as the client are very clear with your agent on how you want the transaction to go, how you would like to be communicated with, who is the decision maker (if a couple), what the expectations are, and to keep an open line of communication always.”
What else can you do?
- Ask to talk with the realtor’s past few clients. Clients who have directly worked with that particular realtor will be a great source of additional information. Was the past client pleased or disappointed with how the transaction went?
- When listing a house for sale or making an offer, you should take into consideration your realtor’s knowledge and expertise to help guide you. Listen carefully to what they say. This is a critical step for all parties involved.
- Your agent should know what inventory is available and the price point. Ask about other houses for sale in the neighborhood. You want a realtor who knows the market very well.
- If you are selling, make sure your agent is on the same page as you when advertising your house. It should be listed on as many websites as possible to get attention. Also, have it listed on sites such as: MLS.com, Realtor.com, Zillow.com and Trulia.com – these are frequently used by people searching for homes.
Lynn gives additional insight about what clients look for when searching for a realtor, “I believe that clients are looking for someone who is trustworthy, knowledgeable and flexible. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes and the client needs to know their best interests are always top priority. They need to feel that their agent truly has a firm understanding of what is going on with all aspects of the transaction… clients like to know that their agent cares more about them than the actual transaction itself.”
Finally, what is the most important key for both realtor and client?
Lynn ends by emphasizing the key is open communication! “Always keep that line of communication open. Make sure everyone knows who is who when it comes to working with other professionals. Sometimes things change quickly (for good and not so good) and there are deals that fall through for all sorts of reasons, but if you’re communicating then there should be no surprises and there should be a plan in place to continue forward.” The end result is a happy client and a happy realtor!
Special Thanks to Lynn Gettings for her contributions!