What? You didn’t make your realtor take a selfie with you at closing?
I’ve never had to date as an adult, but I’m pretty convinced that finding a realtor was a similar experience. Think about it.
There are two ways to meet your realtor. One is through the introduction of a trusted friend. The second is by noticing that you frequent all the same places. (i.e. You see a lot of their signs in your favorite neighborhood.)
Next, you vet them online. Who are they friends with? What have people said about them?
Finally, you start analyzing the details and looking for common interests. Do they specialize in a certain style of house? Have they sold several houses in the same neighborhood you want to be in? Are the pictures they’ve taken up to your standards?
When people found out we were looking for an old house, they’d say, “Oh, you must meet Jessica! That’s what she does. You’ll love her!” And they were right. We’d already picked the house we wanted, but we called Jessica because of her expertise. For instance, because she deals with old houses regularly, she hired an inspector who lived in an old house himself and would know what to look for.
Also, as a side note, her website was beautiful. I know I’m a bit partial because of what I do, but the real estate agents I’ve enjoyed working with in the past have easy to navigate, beautiful sites. They know I’m going to be searching listings at midnight in my pjs, and they’ve chosen to make the experience a good one. Plus, if they’ve taken the time to take good photos of the houses they’re listing, it says that they care that much more.
But, be prepared. Once we found the one, the dating feeling only got stronger.
4 Ways It Will Feel Like You’re Dating Your Realtor:
1. You have to find someone that “gets” your vibe.
2. You spend a lot of time talking about your ideas for the future.
3. You sometimes avoid text messages you don’t know how to answer.
4. You can spend an entire weekend with them and still not get lucky!
So hopefully this has given you some points to ponder if you’re searching yourself. The important thing is to find someone that you relate to and trust… because it’s gonna get personal.