While buying a home can be stressful, challenging and often unpredictable there’s relief in sight. That relief comes in the form of a good real estate agent. Not just any agent, mind you, but one who’s knowledgeable about your local market, experienced, reliable, and responsive. At Mattco Realtors in Moultrie, Georgia we consider your budget and vision of your “dream home” to steer you in the right direction.
With the proliferation of online real estate marketplaces, there’s no shortage of agents to choose from. But one question looms large: How do you pick the right one?
“Consider it like dating,” says Sarah Staley, the consumer spokesperson for realtor.com. “Don’t just move forward with the first agent you meet … meet a few and see if the chemistry is there.” As she notes, “Homebuying is a complex and emotional experience, so you want to be sure there’s a personality match.”
That means you should begin “agent dating” before embarking on a home search, to ensure you’ve got a partner from the very beginning of the process up until you sign a contract. An agent familiar with your needs, budget, and availability from the get-go will not only be worth the commission, but also make the complex home buying process that much smoother. Ensure the right fit—and avoid any broker breakups—by heeding these tips from the experts at Mattco.
Communicate What’s Important To You
Is there a neighborhood you’re dying to live in? Or are you dead-set on buying a brand new townhouse? Knowing what you want, as well as being upfront about your budget, will help set the tone with your Mattco Real Estate agent. Maybe you need an agent who specializes in your dream neighborhood, as well as the surrounding areas, to best guide you. Maybe you’re unfamiliar with the market, and need an agent who can take your budget and show you where you’ll get the most bang for your buck. Initial interviews with the team at Mattco will reveal the best ways we can work for you.
At Mattco Realtors we believe that one of the most important factors for the first-time buyer is chemistry with their broker, and a lot of that chemistry is based on listening. We’re here to understand who you are and what you and your family needs.
Beware of the agent who doesn’t offer a broad range of buying options. Part of a broker’s job is to broadly navigate the market and potentially show a buyer new neighborhoods and homes they may not have thought of before. You want to make sure brokers don’t have any mental guardrails that would prevent you from getting a great buy a few blocks away from where you want to be. At Mattco we’ll help you to uncover and explore all of your options when it comes to getting the right buy.
Level of Availability
Before you begin working with an agent, you’ll want to know their level of availability. Is this a full-time or part-time job for them? Do they work during set hours of the day, or will they promptly answer your panicked 8 a.m. text? Will they be available to, at the drop of the hat, arrange a showing at a great property that’s just hit the market? Do they have support—other agents or an assistant, for example—to fill in if they’re not immediately available? If you’re working with a Mattco agent the answer to all of the above is an enthusiastic “yes”. Although we maintain normal Monday – Friday 9 AM to 5 PM hours at our 709 S Main St, Moultrie office location our agents work within your schedule and with your level of availability.