How to Find the Right Real Estate Agent
Buying or selling a home is a difficult and complicated process, and the vast majority of individuals don’t really know all of the ins and outs. Many people seek help from a tax professional when doing their taxes, or a lawyer when filing court documents, and listing or purchasing a house on the real estate market is a similar scenario. With that said, this person will be representing you, and you have to trust this person, so how do you find the right real estate agent for you?
Read up on all of the different brokerages – Your agent is not an independent agent, she works for a brokerage. You probably recognize the names of several brokerages just from seeing the signs – Latter & Blum, Keller Williams, Sotheby’s, and Prudential are some of the better known agencies. These brokerages all have different policies or different ways of doing things and agents choose which brokerage to work for like they chose which college to attend. Some handle marketing differently, some pay a different rate to the agents, some have a secretary enter the listing while others have the agent do it themselves. Know these differences, and how they affect you.
Check the Real Estate Agent’s Business Page – Make sure it looks professional and appeals to you. Read reviews if they’re available. Don’t hesitate to ask for recommendations.
Inquire about your Real Estate Agent’s stats – How many houses have they listed in the last year? How many have sold? How many have expired? If they listed 12 houses but only sold 2, that is a huge warning sign that their pricing is off.
Find your real estate agent on social media – Are they the kind of person who goes out partying every night? Or are they going to work really hard to make sure your house sells quickly?
Interview your prospective Real Estate Agent – Feel free to ask them questions about their rates, their methods, and what they think they’d list your home for. You have the right to know who you’re going to be working with.