The real estate market in the Bahamas offers some of the finest real estate properties in the world. To navigate Bahamian real estate and experience a smooth-sailing transaction, it’s important to have yourself represented by a highly experienced buyer’s agent with extensive knowledge of the local real estate and current market conditions.
To help you find a real estate agent that fits your real estate needs, keep in mind the following pointers.
- Ask for testimonies from previous clients.
One of the best ways to learn about a real estate agent is to get in touch with recent clients. Ask your prospective agent to provide a list of previous clients you can get in touch with, as well a list of properties they’ve listed and sold in the past year. Since you are buying a home, ask about the asking price of the property purchased, and what its sale price was upon close of sales. You’ll want to have a buyer’s agent that can negotiate great deals for you.
- Check agents’ licensing and respective designations, if applicable.
Make sure you’re hiring a licensed real estate agent. This information is easily available and can be obtained online. Licensed real estate agents with special certifications and designations also showcase these credentials to boost credibility.
For example, if you’re looking for a luxury home, get in touch with somebody who specializes in the luxury home market. Since you’re interested in buying a home in the Bahamas, it might do you well to find a specialist in international properties. Additionally, a real estate with an ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative) designation will also benefit you and your interests as a real estate buyer.
- Ask about experience and tenure in the business.
Steer clear of real estate agents who have only been in the business for less than five years. Since you’re buying property in a foreign country, get in touch with an experienced real estate professional, preferably somebody who has been in the business for over five years and is proven to be active in one or several areas, and most importantly, with an established presence in the local real estate market. This is important, as you’ll be heavily relying on your buyer’s agent to find great homes that fit your criteria and can help you get settled in the Bahamas.
One way to know if your prospect is an expert in the area is to ask about homes for sale in a specific area. A good real estate agent should be able to give you a few details about the property, even if it’s not one of his or her current listings.
Are you looking for a real estate agent to represent you in the Bahamian real estate market? Our team at Darville-Wong Realty is poised to help you find your ideal home and assist you in immigration and relocation. For more information about buyer representation in the Bahamas as well as current listings, get in touch with Darville-Wong Realty today at (242) 327-5122 or [email protected].