In the current seller’s market, it is essential to find an agent with a strong record of successfully closing deals. As a home buyer, this is paramount for your offer to be accepted. When beginning the home search, friends and acquaintances will suggest an agent, but connecting with an agent who is seasoned is the key to success.
Hiring an agent who has executed international transactions is a definite plus. The new economy has many buyers who need to transfer money globally. A seasoned agent has hands-on experience with these sales, recognizes red flags and proactively averts the problems that may impede a smooth transaction. As no two real estate transactions are identical, having a representative with vast experience can really be an asset.
The Skilled Agent
Choosing the right agent is important, and the best way to move forward is to begin by interviewing potential candidates. You are looking for someone who is trustworthy, as well as skilled at writing offers and negotiating. Your agent should be knowledgeable of the current market in the area you have chosen to live.
When deciding on an agent, consider those who have specialty certifications. Agents are required to have continuing education to keep their license current. The seasoned professional has specialty certifications, and many times may have several. For example, The CRS Designation is similar to being a Certified Public Accountant. It signals to consumers and other real-estate professionals that this agent is one of the best of the best. The ABR®, Accredited Buyer’s Representative designation, is for agents who focus on working directly with buyers at every stage of the home buying process. All the additional real estate education elevates the agent’s skills and knowledge and gives them an edge to be competitive in a fast-paced seller’s market.
You Are Lucky
Your employer offers you the Advantage Home Plus (AHP) Home Ownership program as part of your benefits package. One service is The Preferred Real Estate Network. AHP has thoroughly screened each real estate agent and will refer them to you upon request. They all have:
- Experience in their local market and with international transactions.
- Proficiency in the latest technology and marketing tools.
- Current additional certifications and training.
- The highest customer service ratings.
The Preferred Real Estate Network has agents in various towns and cities on the west coast. By using one of our preferred agents, you can save THOUSANDS of dollars on real estate fees and limit your sleepless nights worrying about finding a home. Give us a call and we will match you with an agent who serves your area. Just dial 1-800-376-4603 or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.