5 Tips for Selecting a Real Estate Agent
Selecting a Real Estate Agent should take you some time and thought. You want your home buying or selling experience to be as stress-free, well-informed, and enjoyable as possible. That means taking your time selecting the Real Estate Agent that’s RIGHT for YOU!
Tip #1: Figure out what you want, where you want it, and your wants and needs
A Real Estate Agent is not a mind-reader or a counselor. If you’re making your home buying or selling decision with someone else, be sure you’re both on the same page before selecting a Real Estate Agent. This step will ensure a more enjoyable, less stressful experience and in all honesty, save you time and effort.
Know the features you need in a house and those that you are willing to compromise on so that your agent shows you only what fits your criteria.
Tip #2: Decide what Agent qualities are important to you and rank them
Although liking your agent is important, it’s risky to go with “but she/he is so friendly and helpful.” All agents should be friendly, trustworthy, helpful, and informed about their market. It’s also important when selecting a Real Estate Agent to realize that friends and family recommendations may not be the right fit for you.
Here are some other qualities you might want to consider:
- Easy to find them and the properties they represent. This indicates proactive and creative marketing, particularly important to you as a Seller.
- Has their own website with both property search capability and lots of information about the area (schools, sports, activities, etc.)
- Their posts indicate they are trusted, well-respected and successful
- Well thought of by past clients (check for testimonials on their website or on yelp.com or agent ranking sites)
- Respectful of your time and needs
Tip #3: Do your due diligence and research on at least 2-3 agents first
The easiest way to learn about a person these days is through Google and Facebook as well as other preferred social media tools.. First, make sure you are searching for the right person by adding “real estate agent” (i.e. Jane Smith Real estate agent”) to your search.
Agents whose names you cannot find on Facebook and Google are probably not using those tools to promote their listings or market themselves. You have to decide if that’s the type of agent you want.
Tip #4: Meet with each prospective agent in person, if possible
Meeting in person gives you a much better idea of the agent and whether you can work together. After you have met with 2-3 agents, you’ll be able to make your decision on who to work with.
Tip #5: Be open and communicate clearly
Once selected, your Real Estate Agent wants you to be happy with your experience. If there is something bothering you about the process or you have questions, find out what the best way to communicate is for both of you (sometimes this is phone calls or emails).
Be open, honest, and specific about your wants and needs and you’ll have an amazing real estate experience!
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