Many homeowners and home buyers think about real estate companies rather than real estate agents. The agent is going to make or break your real estate experience, not the company. Go with an agent that's too busy and you'll be speaking with their assistants, an agent that doesn't do enough business and you may miss the latest trends.
For what may be the largest financial transaction of your life, why not take a little time and do some research. Personally I think the most important traits in an agent are honesty, communication and knowledge. An agent lacking in any of those areasÂ may leave you tearing your hair out in frustration.
I recently was asked by a family member to get an agent to list their home for sale in Pennsylvania. I e-mailed ten agents in the area, the companies they worked at ranged from large to small and known to unknown. My first criterion was that the agent had to be a full time agent. All ten were full time agents. I conducted some basic research and in my introductory e-mail I Â posed a question to all tenÂ that I knew the answer to. Why? Honesty check. I could weed out the bs'ers right away.Â
Of the ten e-mails I sent,Â I got 7 replies, 3 were too busy to answer apparently. If they are too busy to answerÂ you beforeÂ you sign,Â you'll never hear from them again afterÂ you sign (my opinion); I'm at 7 agents to consider. Of the seven only 4 acknowledged and answered my question. Of the 4 that answered, 3 were honest and 1 was wrong for whatever reason. Now I had the three agents prepare free CMA's. Only one took the time to do it right. After checking on some other things, I had my agent. Total time expended about an hourÂ researching and 30 minutes e-mailing. I'm now confident that I got the best agent available, and it wasn't hard to do.Â Tom Brady SFR,
e-PRO, SRES, GREEN, BPOR
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Retired N.Y.P.D. Lt.
Listing & Selling Brokerage Office on Long Island
255 Executive Drive - Suite 104
Plainview, New York 11803