Step Two: Finding the right real estate agent
Regardless of the location of your property abroad, it’s critical to find a good real estate agent. Here are our five Top Tips for finding the right agent overseas.
1. Compare different agents online
When researching potential agents, look at some of the overseas property portals to compare regions and agents. This will give you a feel for what’s available and the different services they can offer. Ask trusted advisors, friends and family for recommendations and look for testimonials and positive reviews online.
2. Are they established?
Find out how long the estate agent has been operating in that area, their range of properties available and research their reputation locally and, if relevant, regionally.
3. Are they professional?
Check the agent’s professional qualifications and accreditations, as well as any awards they may have won. Find out if they are members of any professional associations or membership bodies, ensuring they adhere to a code of ethics and professional standards.
4. What’s their customer service like?
Ensure they respond to you quickly and can answer any questions you have. Are they flexible with timings and suggestions to book any viewings?
5. How helpful are they?
Take the opportunity to call or email the agent to ask them a question, not just about the property itself, but about the local area and life in that country. They should also be able to help you with getting your new property set up, either for rental purposes, or for you to move in to, as a holiday home or for a permanent move.