2. Communication Skills
3. Document-able Marketing Savvy and Internet presence.
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Good communication skills -- and being able to explain oneself fully and being understood. Not being annoyed by having to explain yourself until your client or vendor understands and not being upset with them.
Patience - In many cases you will have constant contact with the sellers and Buyers for an extended lenght of time. You need to be able to keep all parties informed and happy until the deal closes.
Experienced --- and up to date in the his industry. Knowing what are the latest techniqes and products that are available to make your job easier for yourself and those involved.
These items may seem simple but for those that have worked in Real Estate you probably have a dozen stories that bring out how important these qualities are... Good Luck
In a nut shell I would say the top three a homeowner should be concerned about are 1) that the agent be experienced and do real estate full time, 2) that the agent be trustworthy and 3) that the agent should specialize in the exact neighborhood in which the property is located.
Mitchell S. Feldman
Associate Broker/ Director of Sales
Madison Estates & Properties, Inc.
Office: (718) 645-1665/ Cell: (917) 805-0783
Information and opinions. Real estate agents can provide local community information on utilities, zoning, schools, and more. Theyâ€™ll also be able to provide objective information about each property. A professional will be able to help you answer these two important questions: Will the property provide the environment I want for a home or investment? Second, will the property have resale value when I am ready to sell?
Help finding the best property out there. Sometimes the property you are seeking is available but not actively advertised in the market, and it will take some investigation by your agent to find all available properties.
Negotiating skills. There are many negotiating factors, including but not limited to price, financing, terms, date of possession, and inclusion or exclusion of repairs, furnishings, or equipment. In addition, the purchase agreement should provide a period of time for you to complete appropriate inspections and investigations of the property before you are bound to complete the purchase. Your agent can advise you as to which investigations and inspections are recommended or required.
Property marketing power. Real estate doesnâ€™t sell due to advertising alone. In fact, a large share of real estate sales comes as the result of a practitionerâ€™s contacts through previous clients, referrals, friends, and family. When a property is marketed with the help of an agent, you do not have to allow strangers into your home. Your real estate agent will generally prescreen and accompany qualified prospects through your property.
Someone who speaks the language. If you donâ€™t know a CMA from a PUD, you can understand why itâ€™s important to work with a professional who is immersed in the industry and knows the real estate language.
Experience. Most people buy and sell only a few homes in a lifetime, usually with quite a few years in between each purchase. Even if you have done it before, laws and regulations change. Real estate agents, on the other hand, handle hundreds of real estate transactions over the course of their career. Having an expert on your side is critical.
Objective voice. A home often symbolizes family, rest, and security â€” itâ€™s not just four walls and a roof. Because of this, homebuying and selling can be an emotional undertaking. And for most people, a home is the biggest purchase theyâ€™ll every make. Having a concerned, but objective, third party helps you stay focused on both the emotional and financial issues most important to you.