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How to pick the right real estate agent

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In our last post we talked about the pre-approval and how the two most important items that any potential home buyer needed to focus on first was their credit and their pre-approval. Assuming all looked good in those areas, the next item to sit down and consider is how to pick the right real estate agent.

A real estate agent is a very important member of your home buying team.

Make sure that you pick the right person for you. Just like any team you are on, you want to ensure that the real estate agent as a member of that team gives you good balance and improves your experience. Do not just choose the first one you meet. Just like with your lender search make sure you do your due diligence. Ask your network for recommendations. If you already have a Lender ask them, go to open houses and talk with the realtors there and do some online reconnaissance.  A bad agent or a good agent who does not match well with your personality can really make the home buying experience a struggle, and during a time that is supposed to be fun and exciting it can add a lot of undue stress.

Now that you know how to find the right realtor.

You may be asking yourself what exactly will they do besides drive me around in their car and show me houses?  The answer. A lot.  A great realtor will be your primary advisor through the home process and will not only show you around the neighborhood to look at different homes to buy.

A few items that you should expect from your realtor include showing you homes, advise on the negatives and positives of each home you look at and make sure you do not get in to anything unexpected with a home. They act as a referral source for other parties needed in the process and most importantly they help you negotiate a deal that you feel good about. If at anytime during the home search they are not adding this value or meshing with your personality consider a switch.

Meet Johnny Iniguez with ING Mortgage Corp
Founder and principal of ING Mortgage Corp.
Johnny is no stranger to the real estate industry or entrepreneurship. Born in Ecuador, Brother of 6 siblings. Graduating from Berkely college in 1998 with a degree in business management and graduating from Bloomfield College in 2003 with a degree in finance. At Bloomfield college, Johnny was a resident advisor and a NCAA soccer player and the first sibling in the family to graduate from college with a full scholarship.

A longtime Mortgage Consultant success, Johnny has had a diverse client range from first time home buyers to the Presidents and CEOs of Fortune 500 companies working for Bank of America, Citibank and Morgan Stanley in the Private lending High-end net worth.
Broker owner of ING Mortgage Corp and licensed in the States of New Jersey and Florida. Johnny has over 20 years of experience and the knowledge to open all the right doors for you as your trusted confidant and Senior Mortgage Loan Consultant and as a Real Estate Sales agent.
Johnny has worked for the Private Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley, Citibank, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, & many other financial institutions. With over 20 years of experience as a Senior Mortgage Loan Consultant, Johnny brings with him keen knowledge of the real estate and mortgage industry, poised to assist you with the most important decisions you will make when buying, selling and/or refinancing your home.

Whether you are buying, selling, or refinancing, Johnny’s priority when meeting a new client is to find out how he can "BEST" help you in a mortgage or real estate transaction. Johnny has mastered the unique skill of "listening" which helps him gain a precise insight of how to best assist you to meet your Real Estate and Mortgage needs and goals.
You can reach Johnny at any time for any questions or concerns at 201-736-9180
Johnny Iniguez
Broker/owner of ING mortgage corp.

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