Perhaps the most daunting task about buying or selling a home has a lot to do with finding and hiring the right realtor. It’s not necessarily because most real estate agents are bad, but it has more to do with the fact that the market is literally saturated with them. Narrowing it down to the right one can be challenging. It’s like finding the perfect mate; you meet, you start talking, and you almost “know” that they’re “the one”.
Many realtors say this or tell you that, but how about a real estate agent that listens to what you want? We’ve compiled a list of 5 simple things that you should look for in a real estate agent to make sure you find “the one”.
1. Having Years of Proven Experience Always Matters.
Let’s just put it this way, if you wanted your car fixed right the first time, you wouldn’t go to an aspiring mechanic who’s still learning the ropes and hasn’t even left high school yet, would you? Obviously not. We are all busy and no one wants to have their time wasted on someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing and who could possibly cause further problems down the road.
A realtor that has a proven track record with selling homes in different cities and areas will certainly help cut down the time and stress for you since they’ll know and understand the neighborhoods, schools, zoning regulations, market trends, and the local economy.
2. Full-time Agents are better than Part-time ones.
The reason for this is simple: a part-time agent, is a part-time agent. Meaning, they won’t be working for you full-time and won’t be able to take the time to work for you to do some leg work and keep you updated on new listings. Full-time agents will often treat you as if you’re #1 and will focus as much time and resources as they can to get you into the house of your dreams or out of your old one.
3. Hire a Networker.
You know that saying, “I know a guy, who knows a guy, who has a friend”? Well, you want to work with a realtor who has a few of those in different places, like with mortgage agents. This is important because maybe the friend of the guy who knows a guy can get you a better deal than Bob at the bank who been handling your accounts for the last 20 years.
4. Make Sure your Realtor Cares About your Time.
So that your precious time doesn’t get wasted, make sure your realtor will require an acceptance or counter offer within 24 – 48 hours of when an offer is made. No one likes seeing different houses they love over and over again only to have their offers repeatedly refused. When the details have been clearly ironed out and your realtor knows their stuff, you’ll most likely have more wins than fails.
5. Make sure you Can Reach Your Real Estate Agent.
When you have questions or concerns, you should be able to reach your realtor or at least have access to information when you have questions. Make sure they offer web and email resources and that they are willing to provide you with the one-on-one attention when you need it and that they are prompt when returning your calls and inquiries.