Buying or selling real estate is one of the biggest experiences of our lives. It’s not something that you want handled by just any Realtor® – you want to make sure you find the right one for you. Most people find a Realtor® through the recommendation of a friend or family member, but what worked well for someone else might not be a good fit for you. So, it’s best to do your own research and meet a few potential options before deciding for yourself. To help you on your way, here are some tips on what to look for in a Realtor®.
Your Realtor® should be an expert in your local market, but also have experience with your particular situation (are you a first-time home buyer, investor, etc). Someone who has been working in your local market for some time and has completed several transactions will be able to give you more information and better recommendations than someone who is new to your area.
Years of experience is not as important as having a good relationship with your Realtor®. You’ll want to find someone with a personality and work ethic that you like. Make sure that they will put your needs first over anything else, and that their style is not too aggressive or passive for your liking.
Ensure your Realtor® can meet your needs when it comes to your schedule and timing requirements. If comparing between agents, see how long it takes for them to get back to you – if there’s too much of a delay, it could signal that they’re delaying their responses to potential buyers or sellers as well. Some agents, such as The Property Source Group, work in a team which means there is always someone available to help when you need it.
Make sure your Realtor® is with the times when it comes to digital technology. Check out their website and social profiles, and see how active they are and the quality of their content. This will help them get you better results. You’ll also want to make sure they’re able to communicate via text or email if that’s your preference.
If you’re selling, a good Realtor® should come to the table with a solid and detailed plan on how to get your home sold, including their recommendations on price (and reasoning) as well as detailed steps on how they plan to promote your listing. Come prepared to the meeting with a list of your own questions to ensure their plan meets your expectations.
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