Finding the ideal real estate agency for you in Thailand can be a nightmare, especially for those who are new to the country and are thus unfamiliar with the local market.
But, don’t let that put you off! Just because there seems to be an overwhelming supply of real estate agents to choose from, it doesn’t mean that you should have to settle for anything less than the best. In fact, there are a few tips and tricks we’d like to share that can help make the process much smoother and ensure that you can find the ideal agent for you…
Take your time and do your research
The first step for finding the ideal Thai real estate agency for you is to do your research. Get a list of potential candidates and then make sure to look into their individual reputations to get a better idea of their track record.
Additionally, check to see if they offer services such as property inspections, legal advice, and realtor connections. It’s always worth fully understanding the various services available to you – rather than sign up with one specific agency only to find that you have to go elsewhere for your other requirements.
Vet your potential prospects
Once you have narrowed down your search to a few select real estate agencies, it is important to book an appointment with each one and conduct a thorough interview.
We understand that it might be tempting to settle with the first half-decent agency you come across, but it is always worth going that extra mile if you want to secure the best possible service (and deals).
Ask questions such as the agency’s experience in the local market, what services they can offer, and what their fees are (including any ‘hidden fees’ that may arise halfway through a deal).
It is also a good idea to negotiate terms and ensure that they are fair and reasonable before you sign up with anyone.
Once you’ve done this a few times with some potential candidates, you shouldn’t have any trouble at all separating the clear winner from the inequitable posers.
Pay attention to the way they communicate with you
Make sure you pay attention to the agency’s communication style. Are they prompt in their responses? Professional in their dealings? Is there a clear understanding of expectations? You should also be comfortable enough with them to ask for help when you need it.
Honestly, your gut will likely tell you when you’ve met the right agency as they will be excellent communicators and make you feel at home as soon as your negotiations begin.
Finally, it is important to ask for references from previous clients and to get as much information as possible about the agency before making a commitment. By doing your due diligence, you can rest assured that you are getting the best deal from a reputable agency who have a proven track record of success.
Every real estate agency is going to claim to be the best – so let their previous customers do the talking for them instead.
Judge them by their website
It might sound harsh, but judge a prepositive real estate agency by their website. How easy is it to navigate? How many listings do they have available? These are all important things as a reputable real estate agency will have taken the time to invest in their offerings.
You can search DDproperty for condos for sale if you want an example of a quality directory.
By following these tips, you can easily find the ideal Thai real estate agency for your needs. Research and due diligence – these are the two key words for separating the proverbial wheat from the chaff.
It might sound like an awful lot of hard work, but your patience and hard work will almost certainly pay off. You don’t want to run the risk of buying a home without a real estate agent – especially overseas.
We hope you’ve found this article insightful and wish you the very best of luck when navigating the Thai real estate market.