Selling / renting a property can at times, be really stressful. Working with a good real estate agent that knows the market inside-out is the thing to do, but how will you know if he / she is good at this job? Here is some advice on how to go about finding a real estate agent.
It’s always easier to go with an agent that has been recommended to you by someone you
know, but if this isn’t possible and you go with someone you know nothing about, the first thing you want to do is check for referrals. Make sure the agent has closed many properties and has worked for at least a few years, so he has enough experience on the market. It would be a point in the agent’s favor if he belonged to the National Association of Realtors, although in past years, many have joined the association.
Since nowadays everything is on the Internet, there should be no problems finding a work history. Also, look for signs that the agent is getting work – this means that he is in high demand and thus, a good real estate agent. You also can witness some agents’ styles at real-estate classes sponsored by local brokerages or community colleges that you can attend for free premarin dosage.
Asking some key questions
You should prepare a check list for your first meeting with the agent. That is, prepare some questions that will allow you to better know this person. Here are some examples:
- May I see your resume?
- What is your list-price-to-sales-price ratio?
- How many homes have you sold in the last year?
- How will you market my home (direct mail, flyers, online)?
- Are you familiar with my neighborhood?
- How are you different from other agents?
- Can you provide references?
- Will you be able to help me find the services I need?
- What guarantees do you offer? What are your policies with cancelled agreements?
- How much time will you be able to spend working on my home sale?
- Are you a solo agent or do you work in a team?
- What’s your commission?
- How will we keep in contact and how often will I hear from you?
Look for ads
Look for ads in newspapers or on the Internet. You will find out right away the agents who are experienced by browsing their websites. Don’t rule out newer agents, as they might have more time to spend with you. Look for customer reviews to get an idea on their feedback. You could even cruise around the neighborhood you want to live in and see if there are any for-sale signs. If you find them, write down the agent’s name for future contact.
Attend an open house
It’s very useful to attend open houses because you can meet real estate agents directly and interact with them. Collect business cards and make notes on them for future research. Pay special attention to how the agent is showing the home, if he is polite and informative and if he is knowledgeable. Do the promotional materials the agent gives out about the home look professional? Does he seem really interested in showing the house or not? The feeling you get while seeing him in action is very important.