How to Find Your Dream Apartment Through a Real Estate Agent

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How to Find Your Dream Apartment Through a Real Estate Agent

Teria Seah · Nov 6, 2014

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Real estate agents are a great resource for gaining access to untapped property listings. Working with a trusted agent is beneficial in several ways. These licensed professionals have the knowledge and connections to getting you one step closer to your dream apartment. Here’s what to look for when choosing a real estate agent.

Finder’s fee

Sure, agents are commissioned salespeople who want nothing more than your signature. Well, steer clear of those types of agents. Look at the numbers to determine which agency fits your budget. Expect to pay finding fees, which usually start at a few hundred dollars. Other companies do not charge apartment seekers a fee. Determine the best route to find and lock in the apartment you want based on the type of real estate service. Work with an agent who clearly has your needs in front of the dollar signs as much as possible. They tend to constantly have your interests in mind and always have an open ear.

Open eyes and ears

Check the internet for reviews and your state’s regulatory bodies for complaints. Look for a seasoned real estate agent with a stellar reputation. You can save some bucks with a less experienced agent, but in exchange may receive limited information. An experienced realtor knows the ropes concerning the market prices, community schools, and property managers. They can give you a heads up on the best and worst apartment properties in the area. Go with a networking agent who easily pulls up information, and willing to find answers to all of your questions and concerns.

Out and about

You do not want a sitting duck real estate agent. Request an active agent who is constantly improving their local connections within the community that fits your criteria. One way to tell if an agent is making efforts is to judge them by their internet presence. Is the realtor actively posting apartment rentals? Does your agent have a LinkedIn or Facebook page? Aside from a professional website and social networking, the agent should be comfortable communicating via email. Realtors who are accessible lead to a comfortable work relationship. Securing the right apartment space takes time. Choosing an agent who continuously seeks knowledge about their industry produces a win-win deal for both parties.

Latest reviews

Get personal recommendations from family and friends on a solid real estate agent. Gather honest reviews from the ones closest to you before putting your trust and money into a stranger’s hands. Scammers and unreliable agents lurk for people willing to pay for information. Keep this in mind, and refrain from rushing when selecting a real estate broker. Request their latest client recommendations. If you sense hesitation or resistance, simply look for another agent. Open communication is essential to obtaining your perfect apartment.

Experience happiness and excitement while searching for a comfy apartment. Your choice real estate agent is a phone call away from making your quest less stressful. When in doubt of your agent’s knowledge or communication, switch to another professional. Credible realtors exude passion and energy about getting you closer to signing the lease at your desired apartment.

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