Financial|Real Estate

How to Find the Right Real Estate Agent for You

Regardless of whether you are buying or selling a home, it’s very possible you would reach out to a real estate agent for guidance and help through the process. How do you know how to find the right real estate agent for your needs?

With realtors, full-time, part-time, and even family friends and relatives in the business, how do you know who to choose, or even how to evaluate a potential agent? We’re going to take a look at some of the factors that you should consider.

1.   Use A Professional

This cannot be overstated. There are part-time agents and agents that essentially do real estate as a hobby, but not as a career or even a full time job. When you are buying a home, and especially when you are selling a home, you want a real estate agent that is experienced and has a track record of closed deals and satisfied clients. They will be acting as your professional negotiator, so industry success is crucial.

2.   Sellers Need Special Attention

If you are selling your home, you will need the attentive service of a full-time, professional real estate agent. Having someone stop by and throw a “for sale” sign in your yard doesn’t cut it anymore, and it definitely won’t result in a sale.

A seller is going to want a real estate agent that will be proactive in their search for potential buyers. Particularly valuable real estate agents will be thoroughly familiar with leveraging technology in their trade. This is of extreme importance since most people will be viewing your listing on an app or website.

This also means they will need to be able to provide good pictures, enticing descriptions, and provide the details that buyers are hungry for.

3.   The Right Agent For Buyers

The buyers of new homes also need a particular type of attention in their quest for the perfect home. They benefit heavily from a real estate agent that has a history of successful buys and closed deals. Many real estate agents only sell a few homes a year, so finding one that has made significantly more than that is an indicator of quality and expertise.

Average real estate agents will simply search the MLS, and go through the listings with the potential buyers, without devoting much effort or care to the overall results. A great agent will find great homes that are about to hit the market and may be able to get a potential buyer into a very advantageous place to make an offer.

4.   Know The Difference Between Realtors And Real Estate Agents

Remember that not all real estate agents are going to be realtors. A realtor is a trademark of an organization called the National Association of Realtors, which is a professional organization with a formal ethics code. There are similar ethical standards in place by federal and many state agencies, but the NAR is additional.