2. If possible, find a great team to work with. You get two realtors at no extra charge. One of your agents should be available for you, if there are two of them.
3. Make sure your agent (agents) are Brokers. This assures you they have the experience and education needed to make your buying and selling experience as smooth as possible.
4. Test the agents response time. Send them a text, e-mail or voice mail and see how long it takes to respond. Sometimes a few minutes can make all the difference in the world when it comes to seeing a hot property.
"The Sold Team"
Wade Eckenrod & Robin Yost
Bay City, MI 48706
For example: Geography: Are you an expert in a certain neighborhood, town or suburb? Buyers focused on a specific area will want an agent who knows that area well. For example, I'm primarily focused on the N. Denver Metro area. Sometimes buyers will ask me about Highlands Ranch, and I am honest with them and say "that's not my area of expertise. I'd be happy to show you houses there, or I can refer you to an agent who is more familiar with that area."
Types of Properties: Do you specialize in single family homes? Condos? Farm or ranch properties? Fixer uppers? Each one has it's own things you want to look for.
Types of Clients: Do you work primarily with First Time Buyers? Retirees? Relocation Buyers? Clients who are "moving up" or "downsizing"? Each situation is different.
Second - Consider the Realtor's personality and "sales style". As Barry said some agents are very "high pressure", which really isn't necessary in this business. Buyers are already to buy. They don't need to be "sold" on something. (actually, some do which I'll get to in a moment). I am not that type of Realtor. My job is to listen to the clients' wants & needs, find properties that would work for them, and then get the transaction closed.
I was actually "fired" recently by some buyers who thought I wasn't "aggressive enough" and who were used to "agents who tried to up-sell" them! Seriously?! Some buyers are super easy and flexible to work with, and may find the right house after looking at 5 homes. Others are more "finicky" and have to look at a hundred houses before they "settle" on one. While I would love to try and "sell" these people on a home after about the 50th house, I don't. It is up to the buyers to decide when they have found "the one". My job is to be patient, and listen to their wants and needs and find the right house, even if it means looking at 100 of them.
Third - Years of experience. You want an agent who knows his/her way around a contract and has a proven track record of getting transactions closed. BUT...years of experience isn't everything. I'm a relative "new" agent (5+ years) and I run across plenty of "experienced" agents who don't know how to write a contract, or who miss things on the contract that will negatively impact their client. You want someone who is competent and who is going to be looking out for your best interests at all times.
Finally -- and this one is key -- I think references and referrals are a great way to find the right Realtor. I've had clients contact me solely on my references, or who were referred to me by friends, family and past clients. This business is more than just about buying & selling real estate. It's about developing relationships. You want to find someone who you LIKE, who you can TRUST and who you're going to have a good working relationship with.
I hope this helps! Feel free to reference my websites:
My official Metro Brokers site:
And my profiles on various real estate / social media websites:
(For buyers) Is the realtor showing you all the properties that fit your criteria or only ones listed by either him or her or their company? Realtors, myself included, like being on "both sides" of the transaction because it puts more money in our pockets. Having said that, realtors have an obligation to find you the house that makes you the happiest regardless of who has it listed. Sadly, this is not always the case. If you find your agent only showing his her properties (or only from their company) or you find that every time you mention a house listed by another company you are told that it is sold, under contract, or there some other reason you "don't want to look at that property," you should probably run.
(For buyers) Is your realtor using high pressure sales techniques? You are already looking to buy a home. You don't need to be "sold" and you certainly don't need to be rushed. This a huge decision and you need to be shown the best options, given honest information, and then given the time and space to think things through.
Ask your agent to show you proof of how many homes they have sold in the past year. If they have very few sales, that does not automatically mean that they are a bad agent (just as lots of sales does not automatically mean that they are a good agent or the right agent for you) but it is an indicator that you need to investigate further. If they are a part-time agent with another full-time job they may not be as flexible as they need to be to show you houses (if you are buying). If you are a seller, other agents may have difficulty reaching your agent in order to schedule a showing. There is an old saying that foes, "If you need something done, ask a busy person." You want an agent that knows how to make things happen. Hope is not a method.
Sometimes the simple things can provide the greatest information.
Remember, you can always call me
This is why we always recommend that people seeking agent services always use their own personal judgment. Who, you ask? Consider attending open houses, not for the exclusive purpose of viewing the home but observing the agent that is present. By investing a Sunday afternoon, you can interact and evaluate a dozen or more realtors....and they don't even know it!
Have a few prepared questions that reflects their understanding of the local RE market. ie. Not including your company and your listings, what is the best value out there for a buyer like me?
Getting a feel for how an individual interacts with others and thinks on their feet can go a long ways in determining whether or not a person has the skills you are looking for and if you can relate to them yourself.
NEVER believe ANY ONE when attempt to inspect, review or buy a property .
A SELLER WANTS THE MONEY in exchange for their house. They KNOW THAT MONEY IS WORTH MORE to them than their house. THIS MUST TELL YOU ABOUT THE HOUSE. IT WILL ALWAYS BE WORTH LESS. I recommend always offering at least 30% below asking and sticking to the offer. Let the seller keep their house until THEY feel some pressure. If YOU as a buyer EVER FEEL PRESSURE or ever get :"emotional" about a property....run away as fast as you can.
There is rarely harm in WAITING out the seller of the house you want. if they sell it to someone else, god for them...at least YOU were not the sucker who bought it! There are MILLIONS of houses for sale. ALWAYS CONSIDER ONLY YOUR BEST INTEREST and NEVER the best interests of ANYONE else. You will be OWNING the debt that the seller is trying to get rid of. What do THEY know that you do not know ?
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Focus on the Agent or Broker that has the experience and structured marketing plan. Read the recommendations, and use them as a guide to who you feel with provide you with the best overall experience.
All the best,
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Did you know that the media has advice on approaching this chore, too. There is plenty of press about hiring a Realtor for buying and selling. And they advise meeting and speaking with at least three experienced Realtors.
You are smart to choose a Realtor. They have been thoroughly trained and take courses on an ongoing basis. They also subscribe to higher ethics than non-Realtors, though you should ask for references.
Check out SuzRealEstate on Facebook. We have this kind of information as well as other tips on buying and selling.
If your needs are immediate, you may not want to go with the agent who is the top producer because of the time involved with communication. This leads to the next answer, other than listening, it is important adequate , pertinent information is communicated in a timely manner, so ask them in the interview process how soon they get back ( as a general rule,) to your requests.
Of course, communication is a two way street so you need to determine as much as possible your needs and let them be known , and level with your agent of any possible sharks in the water.
There has to be a trust relationship and you need to like their approach to business. Usually this can be determined at the interview and by asking a few questions you have determined beforehand.
In summary, an open, honest relationship is crucial to the whole process and all parties on board will need to participate in that frame .
Thank you for reading and I do hope you make the right choices.
Tip: Go to their testimonials for references. Oftentimes these can give you that additional information you need to separate the best from the ones who lack the necessary skill set.
REALTOR - ASSOCIATE BROKER
RE/MAX Professional Realty
Exton, PA 19341
There's definitely something to an experienced agent as well. They will know how to negotiate, know how to trouble shoot and deal with problems if they come up.
An experienced agent will be able to assist with financing issues, title, insurance, inspections, etc.
I think it's a happy medium. Finding the right agent that has the time to dedicate and the knowledge and experience to be creative and strong if times call for them.
Ask lots of questions and trust your gut. Get to know the agent and how they work, market and what to expect from them. Honesty and communication is key. Be upfront with what you need and what they can do. Discuss realistic goals and not just the initial fluff involved with sales. Have them lay out a plan for 1, 2, 3 and 4 months. Find out how they market and what their company can do for you.
Ask them about commission splits. How much will they give a buyer's agent? Do they recommend bonuses? Make sure they know your local market and what a home's resale value could potentially be down the road.
There are a lot of factors to buying or selling a home. The right agent makes all the difference!
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