With mega-search sites like Zillow and Trulia, finding listings is less of a challenge than it has ever been. However, finding your right dream home still takes time, know-how, and often the help of a dedicated professional real estate agent.
But if you’re moving to a new area without any existing contacts, how do you find the best real estate agent for your needs?
Luckily, finding the best real estate agent is easy if you have the right resources. Here are five easy steps to finding the best real estate agent in WNC through beverly-hanks.com:
1. Research Your Desired Neighborhood and Surrounding Areas
Just like car dealers specialize in certain models or local artists specialize in certain media, real estate agents specialize in certain neighborhoods. If you want to know the best homes around Lake Lure, you wouldn’t choose an agent based in downtown Asheville, and vice versa. Use the Beverly-Hanks Community Finder to discover and research neighborhoods that suit your needs and interests. We help you search by lifestyle, amenities, proximities, and more to find the best neighborhood for you.
2. Find a Professional, Full-Time Agent who Knows that Area
Beverly-Hanks has 12 convenient offices around WNC that make finding a local neighborhood expert easy. Once you have your desired neighborhood in mind (along with a couple backups, just in case), begin researching agents in that area. Beverly-Hanks’ agent profiles allow you to get to know our agents before you even make contact. Rest assured, all Beverly-Hanks agents are fully licensed, and all credentials are listed on their account.
3. Choose an Agent who Understands Your Needs
Whether you’re looking for a second home, retirement community, new build, urban condo, or traditional single-family home, there’s an agent out there who knows more about those kinds of listings than his or her peers. At beverly-hanks.com, you can filter our agents by specialty, designations, and interests. Your agent’s current listings can also give you insight into where his or her strengths lie. Find agents with decades of professional experience, agents who deal primarily in luxury or eco-friendly homes, or agents who live similar lifestyles—whoever you think can best help you find the home you want in your price range.
4. Learn from Current or Past Clients
More so than just reading their bios, peer-to-peer recommendations and service reviews are a great way to get a feel for the kind of service and support an agent will provide. Sites like RealSatisfied.com let clients submit objective reviews about the quality of service received from their real estate agents. That’s why we include a running RealSatisfied feed on every agent profile on beverly-hanks.com.
5. Make Sure that Agent is Responsive to Your Needs
You may prefer to do all your real estate communication by text so you can keep the ball rolling during your work hours. Or perhaps you like to talk through your options without any character limits, and phone calls are more your thing. Whatever your preferred method of communication, make sure you clarify that with your agent and he or she is on board. Good agents are busy agents, so they may not be available at the drop of a hat. But an agent worth their salt should treat you like the valuable client you are.
All real estate is local. In order to make confident real estate decisions, we believe it is important for you to have timely and neighborhood-specific information. If you would like more information about relocating to Western North Carolina, our experts at Beverly-Hanks are here to help. Contact us today to speak with a Beverly-Hanks real estate agent about buying homes and land in Western North Carolina.
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