Whether you’re moving to the Big Island from the mainland or looking for another home on the island, having the right real estate agent is key to success. Considering it’s the biggest investment most people ever make, you want to make sure you and your real estate professional are on the same page. How can you know you have the right person to help you through the process?
First, decide if the agent is a good listener. Some Realtors simply want to “seal the deal” and get on with it. It’s important to have an agent who listens carefully to what you want and need in a property, and who will help develop a plan to reach your goals.
Will the agent support you? From answering your phone calls to responding to your emails or text messages, it’s important to have a professional with resources, one who will be there for you every step of the way.
Is the agent experienced and knowledgeable? From knowing where the properties are that fit your criteria to resolving any issues or challenges, it is important that your Big Island real estate agent can handle anything that comes up along the way. You want someone with attention to detail, a professional who can help you with contracts, inspections, closing, and other details.
Can the agent connect you with other buyers he/she has helped find the properties they were looking for? It’s always a good idea to get the opinions of others who have worked with a real estate agent – and you’ll get a better feel for the agent’s ability.
Are multiple offers a problem? Multiple offers on a home are extremely common today, but not all real estate agents know how to craft a great offer, negotiate, or win a bid. When there are multiple buyers bidding on a home, you want an agent who is savvy in this area.
What is your gut telling you? Lots of times it all comes down to how you feel about a Realtor after you have done a little investigating, talked with the agent, etc. If your instinct is that this is the right person for the job, it’s probably right. If you don’t feel good about how you and the agent communicate, move on and keep searching.
If you’re in the market for a grand estate, condo, single-family home, or piece of property on which to build, give our Big Island luxury real estate brokers a call today. We believe you will find us the right “fit” for your needs!