Choosing the Right Real Estate Agent

Choosing the Right Real Estate Agent


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In the quest of choosing your real estate agent, you may end up puzzled as all agents seem to present themselves to be the best. After all, they are taught to market themselves well.

So how do you ultimately find your perfect real estate agent?

Time.com suggests that finding him or her is a combination of credentials and chemistry. We would follow this notion as we answer the million dollar question.

Credentials

  1. Know the agent’s profile

Where does the agent come from, where does he or she work, does he or she have a license, where did he or she got the knowledge and training, etc.

  1. Dive into the agent’s performance.

If you know someone who worked with the agent before, talk to them, consult them – gather information from these people. This would prove to be valuable upon decision-making time.

  1. Check the agent’s latest track record.

How fast did he or she close the deal he or she was involved in? Does this agent know the peculiarities of the area where your house is located? Oftentimes, real estate business favors home-court advantage so it is important that your agent knows local peculiarities.

  1. How long has he or she been in the business?

Of course you would want someone who has the experience but this could be a little tricky as highly experienced agents also entail having a long list of existing clients. You might not get attended to. So be on the look out for the perfect balance between experience and availability.

Dana Dratch of Bankrate.com advices to get to know also the letters after their names:

  • “CRS (Certified Residential Specialist): Completed additional training in handling residential real estate.
  • ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative): Completed additional education in representing buyers in transactions.
  • SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist): Completed training aimed at helping buyers and sellers in the 50-plus age range.”

Chemistry

Having someone who has the credentials could surely get the job done. However, you might want to consider being comfortable and worry-free along the process of getting it done. That is why after credentials, chemistry must fall on your list of criteria.

This business could take some time. So does your relationship with your real estate agent. That is why chemistry is important in choosing the perfect fit. You would want to have someone who you can trust since a lot of investments are involved.

If you are a buyer, it is important to have agents that would carefully endorse properties that fit what you have initially requested for him or her to find. This would save you tons of time from constantly being bothered by your agent endorsing you any property under the sun.

Lastly, having an agent that understands your financial capacity should definitely make the cut. You must first know the local price range of agents in the area. Make sure that your investment is worthy of your every penny.

Take time in choosing your real estate agent. Many would come right in front of the door and present themselves as the best. The question, rather, should be, who is the best for me?

Invest time in getting to know your agent-to-be. Choosing a real estate agent will not just be something you would be easily handing out to the first one who engages you. Understand that buying or selling real estate involves your valuable resources – your house, time and financial interest – you would surely need someone who would ease out of the entire burden.

For more information on choosing a real estate agent or questions on selling your house, you can find it here.

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