There are so many things to consider when buying a home. Finding a great real estate agent — one who you trust and has your best interest in mind — can make everything easier, even for people who have gone through the home-buying process before.
“Buying a house isn’t something you do every day, so when it comes to recalling how you might have done it the first time, you have a lot to try and remember,” says Julie Rose, sales vice president at Sibcy Cline, which services the greater Cincinnati area. “As a real estate agent, my job is to help people understand the process, and help them find that special home just by listening to them and getting to know how their family operates.”
Here are some tips for finding a great real estate agent in Cincinnati who fits your needs:
Get a referral from family and friends
Word of mouth is gold when it comes to finding a great agent. If people you know and trust had a good experience with an agent, most likely, you will, too.
Get a referral from your previous agent
If you’re relocating to a different area, reach out to your previous agent. They usually have a network of agents that they can refer you to.
Don’t be afraid to interview your agent
Getting to know your agent is key to determining if they’ll be the right fit for you. Questions to ask can include:
- How long have you been a Realtor?
- What marketing tools do you use to help find/sell homes?
- What is your average list to sale price?
- Do you specialize is a certain part of town?
“In today’s competitive real estate market, you need to have a strong realtor in your corner,” Rose says. “My job is to provide you with market knowledge for competitive pricing, understand your family’s needs, and help reduce the stress of all the decisions you face.”