I always knew that I wanted to open my used bookstore in the downtown area of Bentonville, Arkansas where historical buildings stand side-by-side with modern condos and lofts. It is a blend of old and new that I’ve always found beautiful and fascinating. To me, it seemed like the perfect setting for a business such as the one that I wanted to open. Of course, being a highly desirable area, it was not easy to come by a property that was for sale within my budget.
I began the search on my own but found myself getting nowhere. It was difficult to stay on top of checking listings, contacting sellers, arranging viewings, and tracking down necessary documents and paperwork, all while also trying to get the details of my business sorted out. I finally decided I needed a trustworthy real estate agent to help me. The agent who sold me my home had little experience with commercial real estate and recommended a colleague of his to help me. I had a positive experience working with him, so I felt optimistic about his recommendation. Surely enough, as soon as I met her, I was confident she would be an invaluable asset to me. She was experienced, knowledgeable, and proactive.
Those who are looking to buy their dream property but don’t know where to start, my advice to you is find a Realtor. If you have not worked with one before or were not satisfied with your previous experience, you can find a good real estate agent by:
- Asking friends, family, coworkers, or other associates who their real estate agent is and how satisfied they were with the service they received.
- Searching online for the names of reputable or popular real estate brokerages in your area.
- Attending open houses and speaking to the real estate agents you meet.
Of course, there are other ways to find real estate agents in your area as well, such as newspaper listings, advertisements in the mail, local magazines, etc. It is important to get to know the agent before signing any type of agreement though. My real estate agent advised me that I could go to a showing with her before making up my mind. Even though I was already fairly positive I would be more than happy to work with her, I decided to take her up on her offer anyways. Buying a real estate property is a large investment, and you want to be absolutely sure you’ve got the right person working to protect your interests. Never rush into a commitment without doing some homework first. It is perfectly acceptable to “interview” the real estate agent about their body of experience, any special designations they might have, or what their recent success stories are. You can also ask for references or contact the real estate board in your state to inquire for more information. The bottom line is, do not pick the first real estate agent whose name pops up on a list. Who you choose will have significant bearing on your overall experience.