With the current market favoring buyers and which could very well remain that way as analysts predict prices could fall, would-be buyers should plan ahead in mapping out their first move. Before going through the 20-point buyer checklist, finding the right agent is important for first-time buyers or anyone looking to find someone new to represent them.
Like any other profession—whether it’s a doctor, mechanic or nanny— finding a real estate broker who is trustworthy and has your best interest in mind is essential, which is why I recommend doing your homework in advance when combing through the plethora of agents in Manhattan alone.
I recorded a short video with tips for finding an agent that works for you. I encourage you to watch and/or bookmark it for future reference, and please feel free to socialize among anyone you know who is looking to buy. Some key qualities to look for in a broker that I discuss in the video are that he/she must be a good listener, knowledgeable, altruistic, and associated with a well-respected NYC brokerage firm.
Obviously, there is much more beyond these four things, such as working with someone who is resourceful, steadfast, good at problem-solving, engaging and has integrity. However, like with anything else, trust your gut instinct and be sure to interview the agent(s) because essentially, you’re the employer and they’re working for you.