You’ve made your plans and you’re ready to start house hunting. Or you’re looking to sell your home. Either way, you can’t do it alone. It’s time to find a Realtor, but how? Here are a few things to keep in mind when finding the right real estate agent for YOU.
How is their track record?
Real estate is a commission-based job so unsuccessful agents don’t last very long. Finding someone with enough experience under their belt is the way to go and to be extra sure, check their listings (both new and old). Look at the agent’s previous listings and asked those clients how the agent handled their needs. Then look at the listings the agent has on the market now and how long they’ve been there. You can even check an agent’s awards to figure out their specialty. You want to do as much research on the agent before deciding on an agent.
What is their ratio in buying & selling?
As you go through the process of buying and/or selling your home, you will see that agents tend to specialize with one process versus the other. If you’re planning to do both buying and selling, picking an agent who shows a balance between the two will make the whole process much easier. That way, you don’t have to keep going back and forth between your selling agent and your buying agent.
How many agents have you checked out?
Don’t be afraid to shop around for agents. Just like buying a house, you don’t want to pick the first one you see. Compare at least three different agents and do your research on all of them. Meet with each one and interview them all before coming to your final decision.
How do you feel about them overall?
In the end, it’s all about you. How do YOU feel about the agent? Do you feel an instant connection or is there some awkwardness between you two? Chemistry is key in the buying/selling process, especially since you’ll be working closely with them for the next few months. Communicating your wants and needs early on will help clear the air of any uncertainties. And sometimes, going with your gut feeling will lead you to the best agent for you.