Most people choose a real estate agent based on personal recommendations from a friend or family member. This may be a good starting point, but it’s important to ask the agent several key questions to make sure they are right for your individual needs because many Realtors have different strengths, such as new construction or relocation expertise.
Some real estate professionals are more competent on the seller’s side of the transaction while others are more skilled at helping buyers. Some agents are more knowledgeable about specific neighborhoods, price ranges or types of properties, while others operating outside your community may not be.
To conduct a thorough search for an agent who can serve your Denver real estate needs, make a list of agents who have been recommended to you or who you’ve encountered in the past through a website or in person in order to find out more about their qualifications.
Only agents who belong to the National Association of Realtors are entitled to be called “Realtors.” The term is important because members of the trade group are subject to its Code of Ethics. Some questions you might ask include: Do you work full time in real estate? Do you hold any special designations? Can you provide me with names and phone numbers of recent clients that would provide testimonials?
You could also ask the agent how familiar he or she is in your preferred area and price range, and will the agent be available during the time frame when you want to buy a home. Other questions include: Do you have a partner, associate or assistant who works with you? What exactly would you do to help me find a home that will meet my criteria?
Be upfront and honest about your requirements, as there is little time to be gained by withholding information that might help you figure out which agent will be able to help you. Pay attention to whether the agent listens to your needs and is communicative and responsive to your inquiries. The more questions you ask, the better able you’ll be to make a good choice.