How to Find Your Real Estate Agent

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Buying a home is not an easy task. There are many choices that homebuyers must make and, especially for first-time buyers, the process can be daunting. Luckily, there are professionals that can help. Real estate agents are specifically trained to help with home purchases. Though it’s easy to search for homes in your area using the numerous property search apps available, the forms, financing, inspections, and negotiations lead most homebuyers to work with a real estate agent in order to navigate the process successfully. There are many benefits to working with a real estate agent, if you want to see the full list go here.

How should you go about finding an agent?

There are likely hundreds, if not thousands of agents in your area and it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the sheer number of options. To narrow your search immediately, the first thing you should do is to know yourself. How involved do you want your agent during the process? Do you have a specific personality with whom you you work the best? Do you want an agent that specializes in a specific type of buyer or demographic?

Trust your family and friends

Once you have a general type of agent that will work best, it’s time to start searching. Though there are many tools that list agents in your area, word of mouth referrals are still the most effective route. Ask family and friends if they have any recommendations. Keep in mind that just because an agent worked for your Uncle Jim, doesn’t mean that the agent is the right fit for you though. Even if a family member or friend can’t recommend a specific agent, they might be able to recommend a reputable broker office in your area.

Look around online

If you don’t find a realtor through a referral, the next route is to start searching online. Agents are often associated with specific properties on Trulia, Zillow, or Plus, it helps if your agent is offering his or her own Boost to help you save toward your down payment! To narrow down the list, look for agents with the credentials relevant to your home search such as:

  • CRS (Certified Residential Specialist): Completed additional training in handling residential real estate.
  • ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative): Completed additional education in representing buyers in a transaction.
  • SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist): Completed training aimed at helping buyers and sellers in the 50-plus age range.[1]

Once you find a few agents with credentials that match your interests, conduct an introductory phone call with each option to get a better feel for their personality. Don’t know what to ask? This will help get you started.

Finding an agent that is a good fit for you with their credentials and personality is a critical step towards purchasing a home, but by following these steps, you should be able to find an agent that’s best for you. You can start saving for your home at