Buying property is one of the biggest purchases you’ll make in your lifetime, which is why it’s important to get it right. From deciding on your criteria to pinning down a particular location and bartering on an appropriate price, you need someone by your side who knows the ins and outs of this intricate process and who will take most of the burden off of your shoulders. This is why you need to find a real estate agent with the right professional expertise.
They know the area
Regardless of whether you’re moving to a new region or simply upsizing in your district, an estate agent’s knowledge of their locality is indispensable. They take into account both national and regional market trends to determine where the best locations are to buy for investment purposes. Our agents at Engel & Völkers know the intrinsic layouts of their neighbourhoods and can tell you about local amenities, schools and new developments that could affect the market.
They know what to look for
When you find a real estate agent, you’ll make an appointment to sit down with them and detail the property attributes you’re looking for. The best real estate agents know where to begin looking due to their understanding of different architectural trends and what’s currently available on the market. When you attend a viewing, they will also know what interesting features or warning signs to look out for without being over-awed by bay windows and sweeping views. Your real estate agent will view the property with a shrewd eye, checking for leaks and signs of poor renovation work or damp.
They’ll be your filter
The best estate agents act as a two-way filter during your house hunt and buying process. This means efficiently sorting the wheat from the chaff and only showing you properties that meet your criteria. On the other hand, they’ll also act as an objective emotional filter. If you fall in love with a property at first sight, they’ll be sure to scrutinise the potential pit-falls. They’re also able to bring the wishes of multiple parties to the table and find a reasonable solution. For example, if you and your partner don’t see eye-to-eye on kitchen sizes or locations, your realtor will work to find a solution that balances both of your needs.
They have connections
Once you find a real estate agent that you feel comfortable with, ask them for advice on where to find the other professionals you might need along the way. Strong local networks between housing and market experts mean that your realtor will probably have a list of solicitors, surveyors and maybe even architects they trust that they can pass on to you. For instance, our agents are trained by the Engel & Völkers academy to fully integrate into their local area and maintain a valuable network of connections.
Selling or purchasing property isn’t easy – until you find a real estate agent you can trust. Then you can step back and delegate the search to your professional realtor, who will keep you constantly in the loop regarding their progress. At Engel & Völkers we make it our mission to make your home transaction as smooth as possible, right from that first consultation.