Step 1 - Find A Realtor

February 2, 2024

Step 1 - Find A Realtor

Many people begin their home-buying journey by browsing websites like Realtor.com, Zillow, or Trulia, which is completely understandable. However, the first step in buying a home should be to engage a Realtor to represent you.

Browsing through websites like Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and others can be incredibly time-consuming. A REALTOR®, however, can set up a more customized search for you via the MLS (Multiple Listing System). With The Quarterman Group powered by Compass, this means that you'll be invited via email to a collection where homes will be personally sorted and placed in your collection.  You’ll be able to add important decision-makers to the collection and comment on what you like or don’t, request tours and favorite homes. When new homes are listed (whether on MLS, exclusive to Compass listings, or For Sale By Owners), you will receive an email to visit the listing in your collection. You will also be notified of price adjustments and change in status. This convenient all-in-one collection is a huge time saver! In a fast-paced market like ours, where great properties sell within days, having the advantage of being able to view a property within a day or two of it being listed can be invaluable.

Wondering how to find and choose a REALTOR®? We hope you'll reach out to our team at (609) 948-4306 or via email at info(at)quartermangroup(dot)com so we can arrange a face-to-face meeting and see if we'd be a good fit. It's important to remember that not all Realtors are the right fit for everyone. You need to find someone who is not only excellent at their job but also someone you genuinely like, as you'll be spending a lot of time with them. So, consider meeting for coffee and a chat to see if you click. If you do, then assess if that person has the experience, customer service, and understanding of the market that you're seeking. A good starting point is to observe how quickly the Realtor responds to your initial phone call or email. If they don't get back to you within 24 hours at most, that's a red flag. In this fast-paced industry, deals can be lost if your Realtor doesn't respond promptly during negotiations on your behalf.

Next, it's important to interview the REALTOR® by asking them specific questions. You can click here to read a post with our recommended interview questions. Additionally, expect to sign a buyer representation agreement. Legally, before you disclose confidential information to your REALTOR®, you should have a signed buyer representation agreement. This helps to ensure that your REALTOR® will keep private information confidential. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know!


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