And wave after endless wave of smiley faces emerge from the sea all saying, "Choose me!"
Of course the interview 2 or 20 agents is a bunch of non-sense when the interview script is not provided and WHO HAS THAT KIND OF TIME TO BURN!
Of course you can review google or trulia, as I'm sure your realize, is gamed to favor those who PAY FOR PROMINANCE!
So, what can you do?
Here are 3 decisive things you can do.
1, Read what professionals in your area are writing here on Trulia. If it's a bunch of real estate plablum, don't expect your experience to be different. It a frustrating to get non-answers to your question or the ever preaent...."Call an attorney!"
2. Attend several Open Houses in our area. If the agent meeting you simpy says 'Look around" and exhibits no skills in assessing your urgency or qualification, don't expect a different result when they are representing you. If the agent extolls the tangible assest of the home, the intangible qualities of the home AND inquires how you are going about you home search, you should linger longer. This is the representation that will most likely place your goals and needs on the top of the agenda.
3. Ask those you respect to introduce you to their real estate professional. Why? This imposes upon the professional to be forever vigilant in providing to every client OUTSTANDING service and INTEGRITY. These understand it is NEVER A ONE TIME EVENT. This is the heartbeat of the real estate business, to insure every client is comfortable introducing those who need help to them.
Best of success,
Annette Lawrence. Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, Fl
2. Knowledge of the Area Your Thinking About Purchasing In
3. Personality - there will be a lot of interaction so you have to feel comfortable with who you choose
a. Recommend interviewing at least 3-4 Realtors
4. Availability - there are a lot of part time Realtors out there - this is not necessarily a bad thing
but you need someone who can respresent you during the time YOU have available
not when they are available.
Thanks for allowing me to provide my thoughts!
Royce Simmonds, Broker-Owner
Simmonds Real Estate Inc.
35 Year Air Force Veteran (15 Enlisted/20 Officer)
Coldwell Banker, D'Ann Harper REALTORS
Consider tenure in the business and industry education. Give yourself time to visit (talk - not just email) with a few agents; trust and compatibility are emotions that are sometimes better found through conversation.
REALTORS are bound and committed by a code of ethics, ask for a REALTOR.
Some of the preliminary questions that you may want to consider asking include:
â€¢ Are you a licensed Broker or a salesperson working under a Broker?
â€¢ How long have you worked in real estate?
â€¢ How many hours and days do you work per week?
â€¢ Do you have any paid job outside real estate?
â€¢ Do you work nights and weekends, as required?
â€¢ Do you have any vacations planned in the near future?
â€¢ Can you provide independent verification of any claims of performance?
I offer a unique scheduling system for buyers, which enables them to select the days and times that suit them best to view homes, rather than contacting a Realtor often to be told that they canâ€™t see homes when it works best for them. Itâ€™s called the Concierge Showing Service, and the web address is:
Leah McNamara AHWD BPOR CRS GRI
Licensed Real Estate Broker
Best Practices Realty
Call or Text: (210) 379-2799
Web: http://www.BPR.co for the best map based 'Lifestyle' home search
1. Google some real estate companies in the area you are looking to move. Look at the agent profiles and information about the company. Chose at least three agents that you feel could relate to you and your situation.
2. Interview the agents. You will get to see how they work and explain things to you. Which one makes you most comfortable? Which ones seems to know what they are talking about? Which one is just a little bit too aggressive? Every buyer needs someone they are comfortable with and knows the process and market. Some like agents who push a little bit because it generally means they will be good negotiators when it comes to making the offer and any counteroffers. Knowing that the agent can walk you through the home buying process with ease and will fight on your behalf are essential.
3. Look for agents that enjoy working with buyers, particularly first-time buyers. An agent with an Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR designation) has taken additional training to be able to work with buyers. Additionally, you may want to also consider an agent who is a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS designation) because they specialize in residential properties.
I would love to be one of the agents you interview. A large part of my business is with first timers. I will
be there to answer questions along the way, even the ones you didn't know you had. Good luck.
I look forward to hearing from you. Good luck.
Century 21 Northside
if there is anything I can do to help you perhaps I can help you track down a local agent that will place you first.
Keller Williams Realty
Real Estate Consultant
3xUS Army Veteran
Call or email me if you have any questions! Good Luck!
I would be happy to be one of the Realtor's that you contact in the pursuit of finding the right one for you.
All the best in your home search!
The Horn Company Residential
Realtors are people too; (well, most are).
How do you choose a mechanic, or a barber?
The most important aspect is communication; how do they communicate with you.
Integrity is critical; surely you can size people up.
Don't worry about how many houses they have sold in the last six months; you might be better off with a Rookie who listens and cares.