How to select a realtor, and how many should I engage?
August 6, 2014 7:25 PM Subscribe
As a buyer, what is the best way to select a realtor in an unfamiliar city? Also, is it beneficial to work with a single realtor, or should we set appointments with two or more?
posted by elf27 to Work & Money (13 answers total)
My partner and I are thinking of relocating to a city (population approx. 70,000) that is about 800 miles from our present home.
We do not have any friends or contacts in this city.
We are driving there next month and want to spend time viewing properties. The question that is coming up is how many realtors should we work with, and how do we choose who to work with?
We have been viewing real estate listings online. We have been in touch with a couple of realtors about listings that were of interest. Obviously they are all eager to engage.
Is there an advantage in working with several? They all have the same listings, right? What criteria should we use in selecting the realtors who will show us around? Should we select someone who is on the south side of town, and someone else in the north, and ask each to show listings based on geographical location? All areas are within an hour radius of each other.
Btw, we are comfortable working with seller’s agents.
Somehow I feel uncomfortable thinking that I might work with only one person, but I don’t know if there is some protocol or advantage one way or the other.