One of the first steps you need to take when purchasing a home involves who represents you. You want someone knowledgeable in the field. But you also need to feel comfortable with how they operate. After all, this is most likely the largest investment you will ever make in your life. You need to discuss a few specific items with a San Antonio real estate agent before you hire them in order to make the buying process run as smoothly as possible.
What to Ask Your San Antonio Real Estate Agent
First, find out how long your San Antonio real estate agent has been in the real estate business in general. Furthermore, ask how long they've worked in San Antonio specifically. A seasoned professional brings a lot to the table. However, everyone has to start somewhere. If you do go with a newbie to the industry, find out whether or not they have a broker in their office providing the guidance necessary to navigate the buying process. Also, you'll want someone who has experience working with buyers in particular. A Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), for example, is a designation awarded to only the top 3% of the agents in the country. They must have a certain number of transactions under their belt as well as go through extensive additional training above and beyond that required to become a REALTOR® (which is more than required for a regular real estate agent). With that kind of experience on your side, you know you're in good hands.
Specialty Areas in Town
Looking for your own piece of the Stone Oak lifestyle? Then you'll want a San Antonio real estate agent who specializes in the area. Stone Oak offers its own unique upscale lifestyle. Therefore, someone well versed in the area can help you find the right property to fit all your needs.
They say it takes a village to raise a child. The same holds true for real estate transactions. While your San Antonio real estate agent may be the face you see, most likely, they utilize the help of others behind the scenes. You might be talking to other team members like an administrative assistant, a broker, or even another agent at some time throughout the buying process. Talk to your agent about who these people are and how they will be involved in your transaction.
Average Length of Time
Buying a property takes time. Searching out homes in the area before you find the right one for you might take a couple of weeks. Or, it could take a couple of months. Inquire how long it has taken the buyers your San Antonio real estate agent has worked with in the past to find their "perfect" home. Then, ask how long it took to close once they signed a contract. If it takes more than 60 days to close on average, you might want to look for another representative.
Finally, talk to your agent about how they plan on communicating with you. Do they prefer texting, emailing, in-person meetings, or phone conversations? How often? Discuss your preferences as to type and amount of communication you expect from them. If the agent isn't willing to work within your comfort zone, you might need to keep looking for an agent. At the bare minimum, you should expect a weekly update from your agent throughout the entire buying process.
Are you in the market for a San Antonio home? The Stone Oak lifestyle is one of the best in the entire area. I'd love to discuss what you're looking for in a REALTOR® as well as what you want in a home. Contact me today to set up a face-to-face interview. I look forward to hearing from you.
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