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Even with the amazing amounts of information online today regarding real estate, buying and selling homes, and market conditions real estate is still a complex industry; it is imperative to make sure you are not attempting to go it alone.
It is crucial to find an honest, competent, agent who will represent your best interests throughout the entire process.
We could easily just say here are our extremely qualified Idaho REALTORS® of course – and you’d be hard pressed to find a more dedicate group of real estate professionals! – but here are some good things to keep in mind no matter which brokerage you choose:
Despite huge amounts of on-going education, like many industries, agents in real estate simply will not know how to deal with unusual situations without some experience. Therefore having an agent that has been out working in the market for a little while is only to your advantage. All real estate transactions are complex so having one that has been through the process itself numerous times is a real asset – be sure to ask your prospective agent how many transactions they’ve closed in the last year; ask about their general amount of time in the industry.
Real estate agents often have to handle multiple clients and offer scenarios at once. It is important that while you want an experienced agent that you don’t pick one that simply may have “too much going on” to help you with your needs. Especially if you are a first time buyer or seller it is important your chosen agent be able to spend a little extra time with you, educating you about the transaction process.
Not just knowledge about the type of house you want to buy, but also the info on the kinds of amenities in the area, schools, and what things are important to the way of life you are looking to lead. An agent knowledge should extend well beyond just the correct procedures in negotiating and shuffling papers. Make sure you work with an agent that knows the area!
So do some homework before you settle on an agent. Remember, chances are your home will be the biggest financial decision you make in your entire life. Having a qualified professional to help you navigate through the transaction will be absolutely necessary for success. Beyond that, trust your gut. Make sure the agent you select is someone you can trust and who you feel will be great at providing you with just the right service!
With great numbers being posted for the last quarter of 2012, real estate in Idaho is poised to get off to a running start in 2013.For the first time in nearly half a decade the year over year price of homes has increased in Idaho, helping to place it among some of the most recovered real estate markets in the country. In addition our beautiful state has also seen a 50% reduction in foreclosed properties on the market in the last year.
Other great reasons you may want to consider the Gem State? Boise was ranked in several prominent Top Ten lists this year including top places to retire, top places to raise a family, and it also received an A+ rating for small businesses. All these things coupled with the sheer natural beauty of the environment – offering numerous recreational opportunities year round – as well as a diverse cultural community make Southwest Idaho a great place to consider when planning your next move.
If you are looking to retire in Boise or relocate to Idaho our team of qualified REALTORS are ready to put their years of real estate experience to work for you. Visit our website to start finding the homes you want now, or contact our agents to start working with a skilled real estate professional.