• Get a referral from a trusted source

• Make sure they have their certifications

• Local agents are best

• You need an Agent that communicates well

The truth is, you do not need to work with a Real Estate Agent to purchase your home. However,

the benefits of having a professional on your side through the entire lengthy and potentially

stressful process of home buying or selling cannot be overstated. If you do decide to work with a

Real Estate Agent here are some suggestions that will help you find the right one!

Where to look for a Real Estate Agent?

Of course, it is much preferred if you can get a referral from a friend or family member that has

found and used a Real Estate Agent that they trust. Buying a home can be one of the biggest if

not the biggest financial decision of your lifetime. Whether you are buying or selling it is a

deeply emotional process and you need to find someone that you can trust to help you through

the process. You will also be spending a lot of time with your Agent, so it is important that you

get along with them.

It can be true that if your friends and family were able to work well with them, it is likely you

will also have a good experience.

Referrals are a great place to start, however just because an Agent worked out for your friends

and family doesn’t necessarily mean that they will work for you. More investigation is needed.

Your circumstances and what you are looking for could vary drastically from what your friend or

family member’s needs were.

If you do not have a referral one way to find an Agent is to check out the neighborhood you are

interested in moving to. If it is convenient, drive around and pay attention to who is selling

homes in the area.

Check out open houses. You can log on to your preferred social media app and see who or what

companies are hosting open houses in the area. You might strike up a conversation with an

Agent that you like.

If you enjoy doing your research on the internet first, try using online directories or websites that

list Real Estate Agents by zip code.

What kind of Agent?

When you start looking for a real estate agent you might be surprised that there are different

types of agents. Which one will fulfill your needs? What different types are there?

Buyer’s Agent

Well, it’s pretty obvious that a Buyer’s Agent works for the buyer in the Real Estate transaction.

They will do everything from finding listings that are in your price range, help schedule

showings of home for you, and guiding you through potentially difficult negotiations all the way

up to the final closing process.

Selling Agent

This could sound a little tricky, but really it isn’t. The Buyer’s Agent becomes the Selling agent

when the person buying the home decides to sign the paperwork. At this time the Buyer’s Agent

becomes responsible for finalizing the sale of the home and therefore becomes the Selling

agent. The takeaway is that your Agent is still the one that is responsible for representing your


Seller’s Agent

The person you are buying the home from will be represented by a Seller’s Agent. They are

responsible for representing and upholding the seller of the home’s interest. A Seller's Agent will

help the seller to price the home correctly, and among other things list the property. They will

also set up open houses and negotiate for the seller.

If you decide to stay with the same Agent that is selling your home to buy your new home, your

Agent acts as the Seller’s Agent on the sale of your current home and the Buyer’s Agent on the

purchase of your new home.

The Realtor’s Promise

After you do choose an Agent that you trust you will most likely be signing a buyer’s agreement.

After that document is signed, they are obligated to represent your best interests.

Basics of a Good Real Estate Agent

This is a big decision. What can you look for to be sure that you are going to be taken care of?

Here are a few things that you can look for:

1. It is the law that Agents must be licensed in the state that they work. Make sure that an

agent is listed by checking the Real Estate Commissioner’s website for the State that you

are moving to. You will also start to notice that some Real Estate Agents have the

designation of Realtor. This designation means that in addition to being licensed with the

state they belong to the National Association of Realtors. They voluntarily hold

themselves to rigorous codes of ethics that have been designed to protect you from start

to finish.

2. You must find an agent that knows the area that you are interested in intimately. An agent

that knows the area can inform you of the current status of the market. They can also let

you know how long the type of house that you are interested in stays on the market

before being sold. Are they selling at, above, or below asking price? A good Agent will


3. Often, time is of the essence. Communication is key. A good agent is always available to

answer your questions. Are they familiar and comfortable with the way you like to

communicate whether it be through the phone, text or email?

4. You will know when you have found a good Agent because they will be able to put you

at ease from the first meeting. An experienced agent has been through this before and

enjoys the process. They no doubt have a long list of professional networks. People they

have worked with in the past that are trustworthy. This will give you the benefit of having

an inside scoop on houses that could be available, and potential buyers for your home for


5. Make sure to look at everything. Take the time to look at all the houses that are in your

range. Make sure your Agent has the time to show you all of the houses that you are

interested in.

6. When you are selling your home make sure that the Agent’s ideas about marketing your

home are the same as yours. Ask about how your Agent plans on marketing your home to

potential buyers.

Big Picture

The time trusted way to find a great Agent is through a personal recommendation. If that is not

an option, don’t worry there are MANY excellent Realtors and Agents in Washington State.

Choose the one that is right for you as an individual or family. Make sure they understand and

truly desire to represent you, and you will enjoy the entire process.

As the managing Broker of Morrison House Sotheby in Tacoma, WA, I can certainly help you

with your next real estate decision. If you're looking for real estate is Ruston, real estate in north

Tacoma, real estate in Downtown Tacoma, or any other location in the greater Tacoma area,

contact me, Paul Chunyk with Chunyk Group in Tacoma.

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