How do you find the right agent when buying or selling a home?
There are a few things to consider.
1. How many years of experience to they have?
2. Have they sold residential real estate in both good and bad markets?
3. How many homes have they sold in the last year, 2 years, 10 years?
4. Do they have the negotiating skills in home sales as well as a plan to help you get the best price/terms?
5. Do they work with both buyers and sellers and know the market from both ends?
6. Do they have active listings of their own and not just a search engine to find a home?
7. Do they advertise their honesty and intregrity and then have all sorts of disclaimers?
8. Do they have a brokers license or a salespersons?
9. Do they manage an office and get bogged down by admin details or office conflicts?
10. Are they active with their local board of Realtors?
11. Do they understand financing options?
12. Can they give you the names of people who they've helped buy or sell a home?
13. Are they FULL TIME agents or do they have another job?
14. If you are a seller, can the agent's website easily be found on the internet.
15. Do they really understand marketing a home and how do they do it?
16. What sets them apart from the others?
17. And maybe most important, do they really listen to your needs to help you when buying or selling?
You can also look and see what kind of answers they have posted right here on Trulia and get a feel for what they know and how they respond.
Licensed Associate Broker
2008 Realtor of the Year
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - New York's #1 Real Estate Broker
Very good question Ann. Most people donâ€™t realize how critical the choice of Real Estate Agent is to their process of buying or selling a home.
Agents for Buyers must be;
Ethical, Experienced, Knowledgeable
Able to establish the clients best interest as first priority
Establish the Steps of the Process in the most effective order
Clarify the steps
Guide the client through the process of learning their market
Able to objectively clarify which homes are the best buys
Able to recognize and clarify potential issues and Pitfalls
Able to clarify legal obligations and issues
Must be a Master of Negotiator
Experienced with Inspectors and Inspections
Familiar with the area
So the first step for someone buying real estate is to gather all the objective useful information they can find. Than interview Agents. Know the right questions to ask and what the right answers should be.
An ethical experienced Agent reduces the odds of problems to almost zero. When the clients unlock the door to their new home for the first time they will be happy after a pleasant experience and know that they have accomplished the best possible with their resources.
Home is sacred and for most rates in the top three priorities. The experience for the client of finding and purchasing Home should always be considered by agents to be one of the most important obligations of an agents life.
Very Good Question Ann, Thumbs Up!
Best Wishes, Stephen Webber, 34 Years of Real Estate for First Time Home Buyers
All of the below answers have value. But when it comes to a successful sale, it is critical to find an agent with a passion for listings. An agent that will advise you on the prep of your property, prior to the sign and has the skills to identify and highlight your best selling features. An agent that will shoot attractive pictures and do a complete write-up that will encouraget buyers to schedule a showing. You only have one chance to make a great first impression....so get it right from day ONE!!!
The right agent will do their homework and advise the best listing price and have the courage to tell you the truth. A great listing agent will be your homes expert and be available when buyers call with questions.
When you receive an offer, you need to have representation with great negotiating skills. During the inspections, be sure your agent understands the workings of a home and can intelligently review the inspection report with you...helping you negotiate a fair compromise with the buyer. Your agent should totally understand the contact inside and out.
Please do yourself a favor and ask the agents you interview for current references or read their recommendations. We would love the opportunity to earn your business. Our bio and recommendations are available on Trulia and Zillow.
Whatever you decide, best of luck....Doylestown is a lovely area
Donna and Joe Cragin
Prudential, Fox and Roach Realtors
Southampton, PA 18966
Prudential, Fox and Roach Hampton Home Marketing Center
1.Is being a Realtor your full-time job?
2.How often can I expect to hear from you?
3.How long have you been selling homes?
4 How do you plan on marketing my home?
5.Can you provide references?
6.What is your average list to sell ratio?
Interview several agents till you get satisfied answers.
See how the agent's MLS listings come up in searches.
Check the references that an agent should be able to provide you.