As a home buyer in the state of Minnesota, you pay ZERO dollars to have professional representation by a Realtor®. The seller (not the buyer) pays for the commission for both real estate agents in a transaction (i.e. the Buyer’s Agent and the Seller’s Agent). So why not have a professional help you?

So taking things one step at a time here, there are a few things to consider before racing out of the door. Much like any contractor that you hire, you should “qualify” Realtors in order to select the best fit for you and your goals.

  • Ask for referrals from your friends, family or coworkers…or search for realtor reviews online (see Brian Carion reviews).
  • Interview at least 3 different agents to learn of their experience and skillsets.
  • Are the agents active in the area in which you are looking to purchase?
  • Are any of the agents willing to provide a past and current client reference?

As I tell students who attend my real estate seminars, nothing can replace feeling comfortable, open and honest with the real estate agent that you choose. Buying a home can be an emotional voyage, and candid and prompt communication are necessary to keep the process on track. Lastly, try to see through the self-promotions to determine if an agent is genuinely interested in helping you find the best home possible for you, or if they seem to be telling you what you want to hear in order to win your business.