A few years ago, the concept of having an individual represent real estate transactions from the buyer’s side exclusively was not all that popular.
Real estate agencies or companies were controlling the industry back then when they assigned their own agents – contracted by the company – to represent the buyers, which today seems a bit obnoxious considering how the interests of that agent would be impacted by his contract to the company and the needs of his clients.
Today there are thousands of individuals who work as home buyers agents. These agents are independent and do not work for any real estate agency or any company for that matter, which gives them a better purpose, which is to focus and look out for their client’s well being – and that alone.
Home buyers agents are in demand nowadays as people are getting more particular with their real estate purchases. They are using these agents to help them avoid being squeezed dry and their money squandered by real estate agencies that look to have their own profit at their best interest rather than their client’s.
Before you hire your home buyers agent, it is essential to perform these simple assessments and ask some questions to your potential candidates.
The Qualifications of a Home Buyer's Agent
Experience – Obviously, you need to be sure with the agent that you are hiring, and the best aspect that can give you the idea of how credible, effective, reliable and trustworthy they can be is through their experience.
Ask for some detailed work experience and possibly some references from their past clients that they served as home buyers agents. Don’t hesitate to ask for more information with their experience in and outside the field of representing a home buyer.
Also, you might want to contact their past clients and make sure that they are credible. Some agents might just make up their references and hire people to answer questions for them, so do your part and research.
Education – This might not be too important, but it is certainly more beneficial if you hire a well educated individual to represent you as a home buyer. Anybody can be an agent when they have good communication skills, can negotiate, work hard, and play clean. They can very well be a home buyer's agent but having proper education makes one stand-out amongst the rest.
Referrals – Probably the safest way in hiring a home buyers agent is through referrals. Of course, you can’t just take referrals from simple acquaintances or strangers. Take referrals from close friends and family only. This way, you can be sure that you are not being conned.