There are two types of real estate agents: one type is transaction oriented; the other type is relationship oriented. In my experience in working with mature sellers and buyers, I find that these clients have the best experience when they work with an agent who is relationship oriented, especially because purchases of retirement homes are often at a lower price break than many properties, making this sale less attractive to agents who are transaction focused.
Here are a few suggestions as you seek to find a new real estate agent to work with you:
1. If you have a Realtor in your current hometown whom you like and trust, ask them for a referral to an agent in your destination city. Agents tend to refer their clients to other agents who are just like them...which means that if you like your current agent, you'll probably get a good match with one in your destination city.
2. Ask if the designation city agent is SRES certified. While this is not a requirement for finding a good agent, those agents who are SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist) certified have had training in working with and understanding the needs of older persons, especially in buying and selling retirement homes.
3. Ask if the destination city agent can give you referrals to other 'mature' clients with whom they have worked. Some agents just do better with younger clients, so checking client testimonials is important.
4. Seek an agent in your destination city who is relationship focused and patient and calm in their personality, with good communication skills.
I hope these suggestions help.
Best wishes in finding your new home!
Meredith McKenzie, JD
California Broker DRE #01142186
Keller Williams Realty
1660 Hillhurst Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
323-300-1110 - Direct
323-300-1001 - Fax
323-230-9749 - Cell
P.S. I answer my phone all of the time.
If you need a referral, contact Jane Peters in Los Angeles, she is amazing!
Best wishes with your home search.
Sorry to hear about the issues you are having with your Real Estate Agent.
In this age of Internet, email and web conferencing there is no real need to talk to an agent in person.
I work with quiet a few 'long distance' clients and have not had any issues with any of them considering I am very diligent with my communication using the various technologies that are available.
I would love to have a discussion with you about your Real Estate search and answer any questions you might have.
Look forward to hearing from you.
Realtor, DRE# 01891274
Century 21 All Moves
I'm so sorry you are having such a hard time. Sounds like you found a few unmotivated agents. I don't think you necessarily need to interview agents in person. You should be able to establish a relationship with one online/via phone. Since you are buying in a year, its a good idea to establish a relationship with one now so you can have an inside scoop on the market and watch the trends over the next year. A good agent should periodically send you listings that match your criteria so you will have an idea of what you can afford when the time comes.
What area of Los Angeles are you planning to move to?
I'll leave my contact information below. If you need anything please don't hesitate to call.
Keller Williams Realty
I work with investors and cash buyers on a regular basis. However, my specialty and license are in Florida. If your search ever changes or you are open to the possibilites of retiring in Florida (Central Florida), contact me. I return phone calls! :))
Best of Luck!
Good luck to you!
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It's not necessary for you to return to the city just to find an agent. You should be able to establish a good working relationship with an agent online. Try googling agents in the area you are interested in and for the type of home you are seeking. Then email or call a few of them. Once you speak to them, you will soon get a feel for them as people and the way they work. One will stand out to you. You need to find someone you can communicate with (who answers you!) and who you like and trust. This is very important!
The agent you select should get your "wish list" and start sending you properties. Once you have enough homes to look at, then fly down and meet them.
Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, ePRO
Realty Associates Florida Properties
9174 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33434
Keep looking for that special agent. If the one's you have been referred to don't work out, find another! There are thousands of us out there...many of us are seeking clients like you!
Customer service and satisfaction are my goal!
What city are you looking to move into?
If I may be of assistance to you, please feel free to contact me directly.
All the best, and Good Luck!
Kat Becker, Realtor
Prudential California Realty
Overall, I would encourage more interviews as you deserve the best service and should not focus on "less than" service.
Connect with us for more details on how we work with buyers.
Keller Williams Realty
I don't real that to run around like a tyrant, but to ask if he/she is wanting to work with us and what our game plan would be because of the out-of-state situation. If the realtor is too busy or doesn't want to be bothered, then I can see about finding one that would be willing to work with us.
Thank you again! Claire
I have clients that are not local and we keep in touch via the telephone(which I have constantly) and internet (daily). When they fly in to Los Angeles to look at property, I have cleared my day to spend with them looking at property they have already shown an interest in and I have personally gone to see myself.
Most of the documents that need to be signed, can be signed legally and safely with specially designed document software. Anything else can be sent fed-ex secured and overnight delivery.
I don't know what city you are thinking about but you only need a professional and savy agent who knows how to use the latest technology!
When you say you were "assigned" to these agents, it doesn't sound like you had much say in their original selection. Your willingness to revisit the area in person really isn't necessary. Why not start with a few simple phone calls. Even at the same agency, review their website and call other agents. Make it clear you are evaluating agents for a purchase, and will commit to only one. It helps any agent provide their best services when they are confident of receiving their reward in the end.
Sounds like you got two duds the first time out. I can't believe in this economy that any serious agent would bypass a good prospect (as you sound to be). Try again.
I think the most important thing is to find a knowledgeable, seasoned agent who enjoys assisting buyers, and who can communicate the way YOU prefer. Email, phone, internet, text; all of them are just tools. What matters most is what makes you feel comfortable.
Beyond that, there are several factors. Some agents sell homes, and some agents work with buyers. Accredited Buyer Representatives (ABR) are especially trained to assist you, and represent you exclusively.
One agent suggested getting a referral from your local realtor. This can work, but you never know who you will be getting. I would suggest looking at the profiles of some of the agents who have answered you here, and then interview them to see in they are the right fit.
You should feel very tended too, and the experience should be a good one. I would like to apply for the job of being your Realtor.
The Bremner Group at Coldwell Banker
REALTOR, 00588885, ABR, CDPE, eAgent, CSP, SFR, HRC, CRE
(O) 310-571-1364 DIRECT
(D) (310) 800-2954
Accredited Buyer Representative|Certified Distressed Property Expert |Pre-Foreclosure Specialist Certified
I want you to know that I appreciate any referrals from friends and associates who may be in the market to buy or sell real estate. You can count on me giving them the same high-quality service I provide to all of my clients.
Realtors, are not all created equal, just as there is a difference from one professional to another in many other industries. You would do best by connecting with an agent that focuses on client relationships and has good client service skills. You are not that far, after all. I have relocated clients from as far as New York City, with no problem.
After deciding on the Los Angeles neighborhoods that would accommodate your budget, ask your lacal Realtor to refer you to a professional he or she can trust, and who works in the neighborhood where you plan to move.
Ask that person to set you up to receive automatic notices from the local Multiple Listing Service. You will be notified when a property that fits your wants and needs comes on the market. Last, but not least, keep in touch with that person via phone or e-mail, as needed.
I'm sure you will soon find a home you will be happy with.
Prudential California Realty/ Beverly HIlls
Try going to http://www.crs.com and searching for an agent in the Los Angeles area... Certified Residential Specialists are the top 4-5% of real estate professionals! They participate in 25% of real estate transactions across the country, giving you a better chance of finding a true professional realtor who will value your relationship and treat you with the attention you deserve.
Good luck in your search for a great retirement property!
I have saved searched for them, plus they really LOVE using my web link (below) to look at homes & we message each other within the system when they see a place that sparks their interest. They also like that I'm a work-a-holic & they know I'm probably online researching at 10:30p when it's afternoon over there.
It always comes down to finding someone you click with. Feel free to Shoot me an email directly, I don't look back on this same Trulia thread for answers posted after mine.
Realtor Since 1996
Main Street Realtors
the most successful Realtors are the ones that can foster and maintain long term relationships with their clients. I touch bases from my clients that I helped 8 years ago! So it should not be too difficult to maintain good communication with your agent.
You need to look for an agent that:
1.- Meets your communication needs.
2.- Has YOUR best interest as first priority
3.- Has experience, knowledge, energy, and the support staff to make it happen
4.- Is accomplished (ask them for a list of their recent transactions and MLS print outs, ask them for testimonials from their recent clients)
Take the time to interview them and to make sure you are comfortable with their personality and practice... There are many of us out there that meet these criteria...
Best of luck!
Ron Escobar, MBA
Broker & General Contractor
Yes, I do have the down payment money and will be receiving a pre-qual letter shortly. I will now have to find someone who is willing to communicate long distance with me. Thank you! Claire
Any tips on what I should look/expect in a real estate agent interest in my search?
I think that depends on where you are looking in the Los Angeles area and what price range. Unfortunately, not all agents are created equal. I would be glad to assist you in looking for your home. Can you provide some specifics what you are looking for and what areas? I firmly believe follow-ups are important but at the same time the clients need to be truthful and have realistic expectations on the homes. I will be glad to discuss further.
I can say that those Agents are probably too busy; but that isn't valid either.
I CAN say that there are a lot of good agents I have met over 6+ years, and I am proud of my profession.
I would suggest that you look at the bottom right, (of most of these pages) and you will see; "FIND A VIP":
You can enter the City near L.A. that you want to live, and you can see their PROFILE, EXPERIENCE and RECOMMENDATIONS. You may e-mail them and determine if this is the right Realtor for you.
Good luck and may God bless