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How to find the perfect real estate broker in New York

How to find the perfect real estate broker in New York

If you’re buying a home in New York, chances are you’ll be hiring a real estate broker to help you with the transaction. A buyer’s agent can save you time and money by finding the right property for your needs, navigating the negotiations, and staying on top of all of the administrative details. But how do you find a great agent? Here’s what my team and I recommend:

Know what you want in a broker

A real estate broker is a powerful ally in your search for the perfect home. They have intimate knowledge of the market and can help you find exactly what you’re looking for. There are several factors to consider when choosing a broker, all of which are important to ensure that they’re the right fit for you:

  • What do you want from your real estate experience? Do you want someone who is going to be aggressive and pushy, or someone who will take it easy? Are there specific features that are important to you (like hardwood floors or granite countertops)? Does price matter more than amenities? The answers to these questions will inform how much time and energy the broker puts into finding properties that meet those criteria—or whether they’ll just look at any old thing on Craigslist.
  • What are their strengths? A good agent should be able to tell you what makes them an expert in this field—and if they can’t come up with an answer, maybe that’s not someone worth working with after all! In general terms, though: If they’ve been around awhile but haven’t sold many homes recently (or ever), then consider whether things will change after hiring them as well; if so then great! But if not…then maybe think twice before signing anything official through them because chances are good nothing would change after awhile anyway…unless there’s something wrong here which makes me wonder why no one else sees it too!”

Does your broker have experience working as a buyer agent?

If you’re a buyer, finding a real estate broker is even more important. While brokers are paid by the seller in both situations, buyers agents are usually paid a percentage of the sale price of the home. This means that if your prospective home doesn’t sell and you decide not to buy it, they don’t get any money. That’s why they make sure to do everything they can to make sure their clients end up with what they want—and nothing else!

Look for a broker who fits your style and personality

  • Find a broker who is honest and trustworthy. A good real estate broker will be able to spot properties that meet your needs, but only if they know you well enough to understand what those needs are. It’s important to find someone who is honest and trustworthy so that they will work hard to help you find the right home for your family.
  • Look for a broker who is good at communicating with their clients. Communication is key in any relationship, especially when it comes to real estate brokers and their clients. You should look for someone who has good communication skills, including listening skills as well as speaking in an effective manner so that all parties involved can understand each other clearly.
  • Make sure the broker has patience and understanding in order for everyone involved in the process of buying or selling property (including brokers) will have more patience with each other when things go wrong.”

Make sure your broker is local

Having a local broker is key in finding the right home. Local brokers are more familiar with the neighborhoods and their pros and cons, so they’re able to help you make an informed decision about which one is right for your family. Plus, they’re able to tell you about all the things that might not be mentioned on a listing page: schools, commute time, crime rate (or lack thereof), zoning regulations—the list goes on.

When looking for your real estate agent in New York City or elsewhere in the metro area, it’s important to select someone who understands what you’re looking for from an investment standpoint as well as from an aesthetic one. When choosing a broker who specializes in luxury homes or condos only (versus generalists), it also helps if he or she has experience working within specific neighborhoods/subdivisions within each borough; this ensures that he will know exactly how much square footage should cost per foot based on location rather than making assumptions based solely on what he thinks might happen during negotiations later down road when both parties are considering offers back-and-forth between themselves regarding price adjustments etcetera..

Know all the fees brokers charge and why they charge them

Broker fees are the commission that real estate brokers charge clients to buy or sell a home. They’re negotiable, but they’re also based on how much time, skill and experience it takes to complete the transaction. A broker’s fee can range from 1-5% of the total purchase price of your house, depending on how skilled and experienced your agent is.

There are different types of broker fees:

  • Flat rate: A flat rate broker will charge you one set amount for each transaction even if it takes them longer than usual to find you a home or sell your existing property because there isn’t much demand in your neighborhood at that moment (this happens often in small towns).
  • Hourly rate: An hourly broker will charge by the hour for any work done during negotiations with sellers and buyers alike–including searching online databases for available properties as part of a “due diligence” phase before listing yours on Zillow or Trulia .

If you’re looking to buy or sell real estate in NYC, find a broker who will work tirelessly on your behalf.

If you’re looking to buy or sell real estate in NYC, find a broker who will work tirelessly on your behalf. Brokers are not lawyers. Brokers are not doctors. Brokers are not engineers. Brokers are not accountants or financial advisors or architects—they don’t have any special training in those fields. If they did, they’d be licensed in those professions!

But brokers do have extensive experience with the local market and a wide network of contacts within it, which makes them excellent guides through the complexities of buying and selling property here in New York City (and elsewhere).


Once you have a broker in mind, the next step is to interview them. Well-prepared brokers will have a list of questions for you as well, and they’ll want to meet face-to-face before taking you on as a client. Don’t be afraid to be picky, and don’t settle for a broker that doesn’t feel right. This is your home we’re talking about! If buying or selling New York City real estate wasn’t stressful enough already, there’s also the question of who will represent you in your transaction. Finding the right broker can make all the difference between getting what you want and getting hosed by someone with more experience than integrity – so how do you choose? The answer depends largely on what kind of person suits your personality best: aggressive or laid back, detail oriented or big picture focused? There are plenty of fish in this sea so keep searching until one bites!