So you’re thinking about moving to Austin, huh? Welcome to the land of breakfast tacos, music festivals and bridge-dwelling bats. We certainly couldn’t use any more traffic in our city, but we’re happy to have you nonetheless. If you’re new to ATX, you might have trouble navigating our various neighborhoods and finding a home that meets all of your needs. Luckily, Austin is not only home to exceptional tacos, but also exceptional real estate agents, who can help you lock down the home of your dreams. Here’s our guide to finding your perfect Austin real estate agent.
Do the Research
More than 40 percent of homebuyers find their real estate agent through friends and family, according to the National Association of Realtors. But what do you do if you don’t know anyone in Austin? The obvious solution is to do a simple internet search to look up customer reviews and articles about agents in the area. It is also important, however, to find a real estate salesperson who specializes in the type of property you’re looking for and is knowledgeable about the area of town you want to live in. Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, you can start reaching out to agents.
Make Sure They’re Qualified
After you’ve done some initial research and compiled a list of potential buyer agents, you’ll want to dig deeper to learn more about their qualifications. Using the Texas Real Estate Commission website, you can look up agents by name to ensure they’ve completed the required real estate continuing education courses and have no formal complaints filed against them. Throughout the homebuying process, you want to make sure that your money and your legal rights are fully protected, so choosing a trustworthy agent is of the utmost importance.
Find Your Perfect Match
Don’t be afraid to interview agents over the phone or in-person before you work with them. Come prepared with a list of questions and expectations to ensure that the agent can meet all of your needs. Some questions you might consider asking are:
- How many years have you been in the industry? In Austin specifically?
- How many listings do you have? How many homes have you sold in these neighborhoods?
- How familiar are you with the neighborhoods I’m interested in? Who lives there? What is the school district like? What is the commute time to my office? Are there any building proposals I should be aware of?
- How often can I expect to hear from you? How reachable are you in the evenings? On the weekends?
Once you’ve found your perfect match in a real estate agent, it’s time to start looking at properties! We’re confident that with all the beautiful neighborhoods and residences here in Austin, you’ll find a home that you’ll never want to leave. Don’t forget to check out the rest of our Moving to Austin content on 365ThingsAustin to learn more about neighborhoods, eateries and activities in the capital city. On behalf of all us, welcome to Austin!