So the time has come to purchase a home. Whether you are a first time home buyer or are a seasoned pro purchasing your fourth rental property, the home buying process is a fun time filled with excitement, optimism, anticipation and yes, even some nerves (the good kind!). Part of ensuring that you have a good experience is making sure that you have a knowledgeable and reputable real estate agent by your side from start to finish. And as you may have guessed, that is exactly where our blog post is going to take us today. We are going to be talking about how to find the best realtors when looking to buy a house in sunny Myrtle Beach, SC, and how to avoid the pitfalls that can prove to be frustrating, time-consuming and costly for you and your family.
What questions should I ask a Realtor before hiring them?
One of the main ways to be fully confident in the real estate agent you hire on to help you purchase a home is to ask a few questions upfront. You can think of these as interview questions because you are, essentially, interviewing the agent to represent you and your best interests during this process. So do not feel bad if the agent gives you an answer you don’t like – they are just saving you from potential frustration and let down in the future if you were to go with them. As you keep reading below, we have outlined a few important questions to ask your potential real estate agent prior to bringing them on board. These questions will hopefully help you decipher which agent is best suited to meet your needs.
Do real estate agents have any references?
This is arguably one of the most important questions to ask your potential real estate agent. Being able to see and read about the experiences that past customers had can be such an eye-opener. Now, don’t get us wrong, we understand that people can leave poor reviews over something minor or if a misunderstanding occurred. But if there is an overwhelming amount of people that did not have a good experience, or if they are cautioning others not to use the agent, then maybe you want to dig into things a little deeper. It is also important to understand that while people may feel inclined to leave a good comment, not everyone who has a good experience will take the time to post a comment. They simply go on with their lives. But more times than not, if you have a bad experience at a restaurant or other establishment what is the first thing many people do? They go online and leave a bad review. So you can trust that if a real estate agent has a poor rating that you may want to think twice about having them represent you in such a large purchase.
What are your schedules and availability?
We understand that everyone is busy. And more times than not, a busy real estate agent is a good real estate agent because they have returning clients, referrals, or just a lot of new business coming their way. But no matter how many other clients a real estate agent has, at the end of the day they should always make you feel like you are most important. So asking this question and getting the reassurance that while yes they are busy, they give you the impression that they will always be available to take your calls, answer your questions and be there when you need them. If they do not give you that reassurance and make you feel like you are just a number to them, then you may want to keep searching.
What percentage of your business is working with home buyers?
This is another very important question to bring up when looking to find the best realtor in Myrtle Beach, SC. The reason we think this is so important is that here at Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts, our expert team of buyer agents is solely focused on helping buyers find and purchase the home of their dreams. We have two separate teams, one solely dedicated to helping people sell their homes and another team solely dedicated to helping people find and purchase their next home. Why do we do things this way? We feel that allowing our agents to focus and perfect their craft of the buying or selling process allows them to better serve our clients.
You can feel confident and secure knowing that your buying agent from Jerry Pinkas Realty walks, breathes, and lives this. Any question you have or any issue that may arise will be tackled with knowledge, honesty, and with the best intention for our clients in mind. We think this is so important when it comes to finding good real estate agents. And we know that not everyone does it this way, there are agents out there that conduct both the selling and buying side of the business. But we feel that this way allows us to better serve our clients and give them the best possible buying experience.
How many homes did you help buyers close in the past year?
You also want to be sure to ask how many buyers that the agent helped close a house for in the past year. Why is this important you ask? Well, you want to be sure to understand not only how many clients they were hired on to help, but how many clients they successfully helped to find their dream home. Because there is a big difference between ‘working’ with individuals, couples, and families to purchase a home, and actually having it happen. You essentially are asking for their success rate in the previous year. If they only helped one client close on a house last year, you may want to think twice about bringing them on to help you.
What are the advantages of going with Jerry Pinkas Realty if I am looking to buy in the Myrtle Beach, SC area?
By now we hope that you understand a little more of what to look for in a real estate agent when buying a home in Myrtle Beach, SC. Maybe you are a buyer and do not know the area very well and need a team behind you who is well versed in the different neighborhoods, styles of homes, and amenities available. Or maybe you know the area and you have signed up for email alerts from numerous real estate agents around town and can’t seem to figure out who is the best choice to go with. Regardless, here at Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts, we know what questions you should be asking because we have helped numerous people find their dream home, and we know we can do the same for you. Why have average when you can have the best? We are on your team; we are working for you. We work solely, and without exception, in the best interest of the buyer. So give us a call today and let us work with you to find your dream home in beautiful Myrtle Beach, SC. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
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