Whether you are buying or selling a property, choosing a real estate agent may be the most important decision you make. Good real estate agents can save you a significant amount of time and money. They can also ensure that the buying or selling process is a pleasant and memorable experience. Here are some tips for choosing a real estate agent:
1. Ask friends/family for referrals
Ask family and friends for their advice on local agents. This way you will be sure to find an agent with a good reputation.
2. Consider more than one agency
There are a number of agents that would kill for your business. This is why you should interview as many agents as you can. Compare agents on their domain knowledge, experience and qualifications. Also, ask for references from previous clients.
3. Choose an agent who knows the importance of customer care
As you interview different agents, you will be able to determine their level of customer care or how far they will go to please the customer. Look at things like their attitude toward returning calls and their willingness to meet with you.
4. Choose an agent that handles homes in your price range
When you choose an agent who deals with homes in your price range, you’ll be sure to end up with an agent who will give his or her best effort. Some agents deal only with high-end properties and are used to high commissions. They are more likely to participate in these properties first.
5. Choose an agent who respects your schedule
If you won’t be able to view properties during business hours, you should find an agent who is willing to do business after hours or on weekends.
6. Look for an agent you can communicate with
Communication is vital when buying or selling real estate. Make sure you choose an agent who understands your needs and communicates them well. You will be better off choosing an agent who registers a high level of comfort with you or with whom you are compatible.
7. Choose an agent that offers multiple services
It will be a bonus if you can find an agent who can handle the buying/selling process as well as other additional services such as arranging property inspections or who can refer you to a reliable real estate attorney.
8. Choose an agent who can negotiate
Negotiation skills are an essential quality of a good real estate agent. Be sure to select and broker with impeccable and proven negotiation skills.
9. Choose a multi-source agent
Ask agents where your property will be advertised. Make sure the agency uses print advertisements (newspapers/magazines) as well as other promotional materials such as brochures. Also check if the agency uses the Internet to advertise their listings.
10. Follow your instinct
Choose an agent that makes you feel comfortable and that you trust. Your level of comfort and satisfaction will let you know if you have met the right agent.