You are ready to buy or sell your home!
How do you find a realtor who will work for you? Should you use your friend’s, aunt’s, or high school friend, who sells two homes a year? Or should you go with an agent who works daily in real estate?
We recommend finding the best realtor for you that works in the business as a career. Follow these steps below, and you will end up with an agent looking out for you. You’ll spend a lot of time with this person in the coming months, so find one you like! In addition, if you find a real estate professional you enjoy working with, it can lead to a lasting relationship for future transactions, whether for yourself or referrals. Here is how we recommend you find the best agent for you:
Check online reviews.
- The beauty of online real estate shopping today is the ability to research agents. You can find out the number of closed transactions an agent has to verify the agent is engaged in the business. See how many reviews the agent has and what others say about that agent. Check out the agent’s interests, and then align yourself with those who share your same interests. Check on experience for the agent; keep in mind we do not believe that the number of years in the business is the best indicator for the quality of an agent.
Ask your friends, family, and co-workers.
- People will happily tell you what they think, good or bad. Ask around in your circles for agent recommendations, then take that information and compare it to what you find online.
- After you narrow down a list to two or three agents, interview each one. Ask the questions that are important to you. Ask about their experience, marketing plan, communication style, and negotiation style. If you use technology in your daily life, you probably won’t work well with someone who doesn’t have a cell phone. If you like to have face-to-face communication, someone who only uses text may not work for you. In the end, go with your gut!
Call past clients.
- If you are comfortable with asking your prospective agent for some contacts to call and get their input on their experience, then we recommend taking the time to do it. It is a great way to make sure they are 100% the right fit for you and get more answers regarding any concerns you may have.
Overall, as real estate agents, we understand the necessary rigor to find the best fit for you. Selling and purchasing your home is one of the most important financial decisions. Therefore, taking the time to get the agent for you is time well spent. Research our RE/MAX Capitol Properties agents HERE.