In a bustling city like New Braunfels, you have plenty of Realtors to choose from.
But are all of these Realtors of the same quality? Is each of them equipped to help you find the best, most appropriate property for your family’s needs and budget?
The truth is: New Braunfels Realtors can vary greatly. Some have been in the business for decades, while others are just starting out. Some specialize in acreage or luxury properties, and others delve more into single-family homes, condos, and townhomes. Each has their own specialty, background, and skill set, and it’s important you choose the right one if you want to see home buying success.
Are you on the hunt for the perfect Realtor? Here are just a few ways New Braunfels Realtors can vary:
Experience – Think of it this way: experienced agents know the business back and forth and are extremely comfortable with the ins and outs of the industry. However, they may be set in their ways, doing business the way they have for many years. On the other hand, while a new agent may not have all the experience, they offer fresh knowledge of all the newest trends in the industry. Another bonus for a new Realtor? They are hungry for new business and will most likely go above and beyond to keep your business and exceed your expectations. Either way, you can't go wrong!
Local knowledge – A realtor’s local knowledge can vary greatly. If they’re not familiar enough with the area – or they’re new in town – what can they really offer you as a buyer? They can’t give you recommendations on school districts, best neighborhoods, or great places to eat. You may as well just turn to Google for that! You want a Realtor who knows your area like the back of their hand. They need to have their ear to the ground in every way possible, so they can pass that valuable local knowledge on to you and your family during the buying process.
Industry connections – A Realtor isn’t the only local professional you’re going to need during your home buying journey. In fact, you’ll probably need half a dozen more before you show up at your final closing. You’ll need a home inspector, a loan officer, a pool or pest inspector, a general contractor and any number of other industry experts. Fortunately, if you’ve chosen the right agent, they should be able to put you in contact with the right pros for the job. If they can’t help (or they just don’t know anyone), you may have picked the wrong Realtor!
Negotiation skills – This is a big one. Many Realtors are absolute pros at negotiation. They can get closing fees and other added costs knocked off, and they can make sure sellers make plenty of repairs and concessions before your purchase heads to closing. Others...aren't so great. They don’t know how to properly price a home, they’re not good at counter-offers, and they often take property prices at face value (with negotiating whatsoever)! Obviously, you want the former: someone who’s going to fight for your money and make sure you get the absolute best value for your investment.
Good communication – Communication is also a big sticking point with a Realtor. The main reason? The real estate market moves fast. Both you and your Realtor will need to act fast if you want to get the properties you want at a price you can afford. This is where good communication comes in! A great Realtor will respond to your calls, texts, and emails quickly, put in bids fast, and work day-or-night to make sure you get the home you want. On the other hand, a poor communicator will force you to play phone tag, allowing you to get beat out by other, faster bidders on the market. Which type do you want?
Passion and dedication – This one might not sound important, but it definitely is! After all, do you want a Realtor who’s doing it for the money? Or do you want an agent who loves what they do, who’s absolutely committed to helping families find the perfect home for their needs and budget? Passion and dedication go a long way in this industry, and these qualities are a must-have.
Attention to detail – A lot goes into a buying a home, and if a realtor doesn’t pay close enough attention along the way, it could cost you money...or, what’s worse, your dream home. You never want an agent who rushes through the steps. A truly great Realtor takes their time, making sure to complete each and every step. Fortunately, you can often spot a detail-oriented realtor right off the bat. When you get in contact, think to yourself: Dido they ask for your information (like your pre-qualification letter, your price range and your individual needs and preferences)? Were they just eager to get you on the books to start scheduling tours? Choose someone who takes their time with you and does it right.
Financial chops – There’s a certain amount of financial knowledge that’s necessary to be a good Realtor. A great agent needs to take into account certain financial factors when helping you find a home – the home’s listing price, your pre-qualification mortgage rate, your expenses, the property tax rate, and a whole slew of other cost-of-living expenses that will come with the home. You want someone who can ensure you’re making the smartest and wisest financial decision possible.
New Braunfels Realtors certainly aren’t all created equal. Be diligent in your search for the perfect agent, and make sure they have the knowledge, skills and expertise to get the job done right. This is a big purchase your making, and you want the right allies on your side while you do it.
If you are looking for the most experienced, knowledgeable New Braunfels, contact Keller Williams New Braunfels today! Our expert agents are here to help you find the perfect property for your family’s needs, preferences and budget. Contact us now, and we’ll put together a customized property list just for you.