HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT REAL ESTATE AGENT
Finding an agent for your real estate project is easy, finding the right one is difficult. The job title "broker" is not a protected term in Germany. There is neither a vocational training nor a study as a prerequisite. The only thing you need is an admission according to §34 of the trade regulations, issued by the trade office. So in a certain way, everyone who mediates real estate may call himself "real estate agent". Accordingly, the differences in terms of quality are high. Nevertheless, a little research work or a short conversation with the real estate agen often helps to find out whether the agent is a reputable representative.
Check the website
The first point of contact is the real estate agent's website. Just a few clicks can give an indication of the professionalism of the real estate agent. If the texts are faulty, the wording opaque or the photos of the objects are of poor quality, it is better to continue searching. Look out for logos of professional associations whose members must prove their professionalism. They check the level of knowledge of the real estate agent and oblige them to regular further training.
Listen to others
If possible, rely on recommendations. Therefore, keep your eyes and ears open in your circle of friends and colleagues, because good work gets around. Even if you move to a foreign region or nobody in your area knows of a suitable broker for you, you should look online for ratings on external platforms. Often you will get a quick overview and decision-making aids.
Get your own idea
Especially the personal impression is important. Most good brokers are available for a non-binding initial meeting. Take advantage of this and check whether the real estate specialist is a good fit for you. Transparency is a sign of seriousness. Therefore, you should also pay attention to whether your counterpart speaks openly about topics such as brokerage, additional costs and inclusive services or whether he or she tends to avoid questions. Did the real estate agent make you suspicious at one point or another or did you feel uncomfortable during the conversation? Then do not hesitate to look further. It is better to take a little more time than to make a hasty decision. If you still have a good feeling after considering all the points, you can engage the broker for your order with a clear conscience.
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