When you decide to buy or sell your home, one of the most important decisions is how to pick a real estate agent to help you in the process. As you look online you can find a lot of agents and information, so we put together a few tips that can help you make that decision.
The first question you should ask a real estate agent is how long they have been in the business. Not only how many years but how many buyers they have worked with. Experience in real estate is something that may be overlooked and can help you a lot when you need it the most.
Research with previous clients
A good idea is to ask potential real estate agents to provide a list of the houses sold in the past year, including contact information. But always ask the agent if they would be ok with receiving your call. If they had a great experience, they will be more than glad to share some information with you. But if none of them can be contacted, that should be a red flag.
Agents that have licenses
Always a great idea to check with your state’s regulatory body if the person you are considering as you agent is licensed and if they had any disciplinary problems or complaints.
Real Estate Sales Specialty
When looking for a real estate agent, make sure that you look for one that is an expert in the specific area you are looking for. For example, CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) means that they have additional training in handling residential real estate. ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative) means that they had additional education in representing a buyer in a transaction. SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist) means they had training in helping buyers and sellers in the 50 plus age range. But the most important is to hire someone who supports the code of ethics.
Part Time Real Estate Agent
Whether you are buying or selling, you want an agent that is actively following the market every day. Someone that can show you new listings as soon as they are available, or someone who’s always available to show your home to prospective buyers
Agents who know the area
The person you want as your real estate agent should know the real estate landscape in a specific neighborhood. That is extremely important in areas where a block or two can change the value of your home. An agent who specializes in a specific neighborhood may know buyers who are looking for a home just like yours, or sellers who haven’t listed they home yet. it’s all about knowing the neighborhood.