Selecting a Real Estate Agent

Selecting a Real Estate Agent

Tips For Selecting a Real Estate Agent

When you are looking for a real estate agent to help you buy a home or sell a home, you may not know where to start. These ideas and tips will help you find the right agent for the job.   


Investigate Them on the Internet


The internet has made it possible for us to find information very quickly. During an online search for an agent, you should spend some time looking at potential agents social media and websites. A blog can give you basic information and tips to help you along the way. A good website will also look up-to-date and professional.


If they have reviews on websites like Google and Yelp, you should check and see if they are consistent. Any business can say how wonderful they are, but you need to find out from other sources if they are being truthful with you. A potential agent needs to be experienced in their field and should also do their job full-time.


Use a Real Estate Agent in Your Area


If you see a lot of for sale and sold signs with one agent’s name on them, and they are nearby you, it is more than likely that they have a lot of clients in your area.

It is a good idea for you to take a picture of one of these signs and add it to the list of agents that you are considering. It is a good idea to look at how successful the local real estate agent is instead of looking at the success of the agency as a whole.


Request Referrals


Do you know anyone who bought or sold a house in the past few months? If so, ask them if they used an agent and get the name of the agent they used. Also, ask them questions about the agent. You should ask them if they were pleased with their services. It is also important to know how long it took to sell their home.


It is also important to find out how much they had to pay in buyer closing costs. It is typical to pay some closing costs. However, you do not want an agent that only cares about their commission and does not care about how much money you have to spend. Since this question has to do with money, you need to be very careful in the way ask about it.

The best way to get information about what kind of service that you will get is to see it for yourself. However, learning about the service that other people have received from their agent is very important as well.


Analyze At Least Three Agents


After you have cut your list of potential agents down, select at least three agents and make an appointment to meet with them at the house that you plan on selling.

Were they on time for your appointment? Did they confirm your appointment with you on the day of the appointment? It is important for them to do that, especially if they have a lot of appointments scheduled in one day.


Another important thing to look at is their preparedness.  When they came to your home, did they bring important information about their home marketing plan?

Did they have a price for your home in mind, and did they have fair justification for it? Was their attire professional? Did they give you advice on how you should show your property? You need to take notes when you are meeting with potential agents and document their answers to these questions.


Ask Appropriate Questions


While you are looking for the right agent, you can ask prospective agents a lot of questions. This will help you separate the average agent from the best ones. Here are some of the questions you should ask:


  • How many deals have you closed in the past year?
  • Were these deals made in the area that you are interested in?
  • Do they make the needs of their clients very important?


If you are looking for a house to buy, ask them how they will look for homes and how many houses you will be able to see before making a decision. You also need to find out who determines the pricing and how the agent will handle getting a lot of offers on your home.


If you are selling your home, you need to ask how your home will be marketed online and offline. You also need to find out what type of camera will be taking pictures of your home and whether or not it will produce high-quality pictures.

It is also essential to find out where the agent will market your home and how often they will do it. The Realtor also needs to tell you what potential buyers are looking for in a home.


Take in All The Information


Now it is time for you to review all the information you have and make a decision. Talking with a trusted friend or family member can be very helpful.

Putting what you are thinking into words and ideas can help you make your final decision. Do not spend too much time analyzing, it will cause you to overthink.

After careful consideration, you need to choose the agent that is the one for you. Not only will they help you buy or sell a house, they will help you throughout the whole process from beginning to end.