Choosing the right broker for you

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Buying property is one of the biggest investments you’ll make in your entire life. To get the most out of that investment, you need to find the right broker. You’ll need to do a lot of research before you make you decide, but all the upfront effort will be well worth it in the long run.


One thing you want to pay attention to when picking a broker, is how much experience they have. Ask them how long they have been in the business and which areas they usually work in. Getting referrals from friends, family, neighbors, or anyone you might know who has bought or sold property recently can give you some good insight as well. Ask them how their experience was with their broker and if they would recommend them.

Watch for “Sold” signs in your target neighborhood and pay attention to who made the sale. Finding someone who knows your target neighborhood is highly recommended. Brokers who know the neighborhood will be able to give you a lot of useful information about schools, taxes, the community, etc.

It is important to find a broker who understands and is willing to work with what you want, whether it be the price, location, amenities or timing. Know what you want coming in and look for a broker who will help you refine your list and either meet or exceed your expectations.

Probably the most important thing is finding a broker who matches your personality. Your realtor is someone you’ll communicate with and see often Getting along with your broker can make a huge difference. Don’t settle after meeting one broker. Taking a little extra time to find the right person can give you lead to a much better experience.

Selling or buying are not quick or easy processes, but it can be a lot quicker and easier if you find the right team to help you. Taking the time to find the right broker will make all the difference in the world.

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About Giuseppe Zerillo

Giuseppe Zerillo is the managing broker and owner of Zerillo Realty Inc. He is active on many boards, serving as village trustee of Harwood Heights and corporate secretary for Casa Italia. In 2011, he received the IANU Foundation's 2011 David Award for outstanding promise in the field of real estate, and in 2012 he was honored by the Illinois State Crime Commission for his community outreach. Constantly seeking opportunities to give back, he donates to several charities and raises money for children with disabilities.

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