Finding the right estate agent
We discuss how you should find the right estate agent to help you successfully buy property in Ireland.
One of the most vital ingredients to a successful purchase in Ireland is going to be your estate agent. You need to identify an agent who is registered, reliable, attentive, and who understands what you’re after, so that they can help you find it.
It makes sense to source an agent prior to jetting off on a viewing trip, as this allows you to provide them with all necessary information about what you’re seeking well in advance. Should you have the luxury of a little more time, you can always head over to Ireland to meet and interview a few potential prospects. Always choose someone you click with, as you could end up spending a considerable amount of time with them.
You need an estate agent that knows the area you’re interested in like the back of their hand.
Before you decide upon an agent, always take the following into consideration:
- Are you decided on the area? Does the agent cover that area? Do they have the right kinds of properties on their books?
- What exactly do you want from a property? Be as specific as possible here, i.e., how many bedrooms do you need? Must you have off-road parking? What are your deal breakers? I.e. Not near a busy road, under a flight path, etc.
- The legalities associated with the purchase, and the regulations you will need to adhere to during the process
How to identify the right agent
As there are so many estate agents out there, it can prove tricky to establish who is the right person for you. To help you make a sound decision, consider the following:
Are they accredited?
You must choose an agent that is legally able to sell you property. In Ireland this means that they must be affiliated with the Property Services Regulatory Authority, who are responsible for regulating standards across the Irish property industry.
Do they have local knowledge?
You need an estate agent that knows the area you’re interested in like the back of their hand. They should be able to answer all of your questions about how things work, and what happens in the local area.
A good agent won’t want to waste your time (or theirs), showing you properties that don’t meet your brief.
How proactive are they?
The last thing that you want is an estate agent who drags their feet, especially if you need to act fast to secure a dream property. You need someone who answers all correspondence in a timely fashion. Don’t be afraid to test them out a little. After you’ve contacted them to introduce yourself and your plans, drop them an email outlining what you’re looking for. See how long it takes you to receive a response. Is it helpful? It is also worth asking for references so that you can chat to past customers about the level of service they required, and whether or not they were happy with the service. Over and above helping you to find the property, a good agent will be able to answer any questions that you have about the property or the surrounding area. Don’t be afraid to fire a few questions at them to see whether they provide you with a satisfactory level of information.
Do they understand your needs?
A good agent won’t want to waste your time (or theirs), showing you properties that don’t meet your brief. It’s in the agent’s best interests to read and fully understand your needs. Their time is precious too after all, and a good agent will know that they have the best chance of a sale when they actually listen to the buyer.
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