So Many Brokers, So Little Time
October 15, 2017
Find someone who is motivated
Being a real estate broker, isn’t a 9-5 job nor is it a part time job. New York City is the city that never sleeps, and the market does not either! Be sure your broker has got their feet deep in what’s on tap, so they can inform you to make the best decision possible. If a broker tells you they’re not available on weekends or if they ask you to go see a space, by yourself, you might want to run like a thief in the night. Unfortunately, some brokers out there, are just looking for a commission check, without putting in any of the blood, sweat and tears. A good agent will walk you through the renting, or buying process, step by step. Perhaps you’re unsure of what neighborhood you want to live in; make sure your agent is opening your eyes to a wide array of the city’s niches, taking you to open houses on weekends or, on your days off. Most of all, a motivated broker is always catering to your given needs, no matter what they may be.
Enjoy spending time with your broker
Real estate transactions do not happen overnight. It sometimes can take buyer-broker teams anywhere from weeks, to months to find the right property. Brokers tend to spend a fair share of time with their clients, through this process. Be sure this is someone who you enjoy spending time with. If you find the conversation to be tense, idle, or even awkward, this might not be someone who you would want to call a friend. If an agent is pressuring you to sign a contract right off the bat, without seeing many other properties, they might not have your best interest at heart. Find someone who you find spending time with, to be effortless; you might just even make a lifelong friend at the end of the day.
If you know you’re keen on moving to the Upper West Side, choosing an agent who is specialized in TriBeCa might be the wrong move. Some agents only deal with rentals while others are well versed in the higher end sales portion of the market. Check out the agent’s past transactions. An easy way to find this might be on their brokerage website page; don’t be afraid to speak up, and ask about their last few dealings, or so. If you have more of a given set of wants and needs, be sure your agent has the skills, and tools to best suit you properly; keeping this in mind will allow the process will go that much smoother.
Go with your gut!
When first encountering your broker, be sure to take it slow. Broker- buyer relationships can sometimes be like love relationships. It’s best to not dive head first into something. Don’t feel pressure to rush through to the finish line, there are plenty of properties to be seen, bought and sold. If you sense something is wrong, don’t be afraid to say something. Most people will know the moment when it just “clicks”. If you’re second guessing yourself, introduce your broker to a friend, or family member, and see what they think. At the end of the day, I can assure you, you’ll find yourself a great broker and more importantly, a wonderful place, that you call home.