How to find the Real Estate Agent that is right for you?
Finding a real estate agent can be a long and stressful process for perspective home owners or sellers. It is important to find a realtor who is experienced and will keep your best interests in mind. How can you do it?
Finding a realtor who suits your needs can be achieved as easily as talking to your friends and family members. Friends and family are more likely to give you honest reviews about real estate agents they’ve like or disliked and why. Really, chat with anyone you know who has recently purchased or sold a home. Chances are, you know someone who can recommend a reliable real estate agent. Talking to acquaintances about their experiences with realtors is a great first step to finding the right real estate agent for your needs.
It is also beneficial to utilize the internet to find potential candidates. After compiling a list of potential real estate agents, take some time to research each candidate and their history in the field.
Take a Coffee Break
Schedule a time to sit down for a coffee or talk on the phone with a prospective agent about their work. This will give you a feel for each agent before you chose someone to trust with finding your new home. Ask how long they have been in the business and what their specialty is. Someone with years of experience in the business may better suit your needs, particularly if you are a first time home buyer or seller.
Confirm the licensing of any perspective realtors along with researching their credentials. Realtors can specialize and complete extra training in areas such as buying for senior citizens, so find out if any of these specializations may directly relate to you. A state licensing authority can provide this information to you or you can ask the potential realtor directly. Each real estate agent will be experienced in a specific neighborhood and price range so whether you are buying or selling, taking the time to find a real estate agent who meets your needs is the first step to a successful experience.