Partnering with a professional real estate agent from the moment you decide to buy a Los Cabos home can lead to peace of mind early on in the home buying process, and more confident decisions moving forward. Of course, with the ‘new normal’ in business, you not only need to make sure that the agent you choose to work with is the right fit, you must also find someone who will respect and uphold safety measures for you and your family’s well-being. Here are six tips to help you find the best agent to bring your Los Cabos real estate plans to fruition.
Work only with a buyer’s agent
Not all real estate agents are the same. There are actually three major types: a buyer’s agent, seller’s (aka listing) agent, and dual agents, who handle both real estate buying and selling transactions. Pick a buyer’s agent with plenty of experience to help with purchasing your home. By finding someone who will always work with your best interests at heart, you’ll find yourself moving into your ideal home in no time at all, with very little stress.
Ask the right questions
Before you decide on an agent, you need to interview a handful of buyer’s agents and ask them a few essential questions to reveal their background, experience, and personality to you. Interview at least three, and get a feel for their communication skills, promptness in returning your calls, and way of explaining real estate terms and processes to you.
Some of the questions to ask during your interview:
- How long have you worked in Los Cabos real estate?
- How many home buyers do you typically work with?
- How do you make sure you provide each home buyer with the attention and support they need?
- What experience do you have in helping buyers find homes in Los Cabos?
- Why do you think I should choose you as my agent?
A good buyer’s agent will know the Los Cabos community well enough to match you with the right property for your needs, budget, and lifestyle. Such an agent will take the effort to understand you as well as they do the market.
Ask for references
Request each agent to provide you with contact information about former clients they’ve assisted in the past year. Get in touch with these clients and ask them their opinions about the agent, how he/she fared as a true-to-life home buyers guide, and what their working relationship was like. Find out the level of support the agent was able to provide throughout the home buying process. Most importantly, ask if they would be willing to work with that agent again.
Look up their background online
Nowadays, it’s easy to research a real estate agent’s history on the internet. Simply type their name on the search box, add “Los Cabos real estate agent” to it and, with a single click, you’ll soon find a list of results showing the information you need. Check reviews, websites, and social media accounts that discuss the agent in question. Take note of any negative feedback, and during your interview, give the agent a chance to explain what occurred.
Check for a permanent office location
You need to confirm that the agent has a permanent office, and does not operate on a fly-by-night basis. A permanent office, along with a professionally maintained website (complete with listings, blog posts, and contact information), says a lot about an agent’s work ethic and reputability—it can communicate a high level of trustworthiness.
Are they part of a real estate team?
Real estate transactions involve a lot of work. Meetings, negotiations, home inspections, documents, phone calls—all of these can be collectively overwhelming to an agent—and that’s just from a single client. Now if you were to choose a ‘lone wolf’ agent, and he or she has other clients beside you, how do you think that agent will be able to provide you with the level of service you need? A real estate agent who’s a part of a team can accomplish a lot more in a shorter time, and keep you fully updated about how your home purchase process is unfolding.
Are you shopping for Los Cabos houses for sale? You can count on me, Ian Gengos of Engel & Volkers Snell Real Estate, for the guidance and advice you need to ensure that your transaction goes smoothly from beginning to end. Get in touch with me and my team at 521.624.157.6323 or ian(dotted)gengos(at)engelvoelkers(dotted)com and let’s discuss your home buying plans.