How to know if you are choosing a Realtor that will work for you?

Asked by Shelly Colletti, Rockford, IL Wed May 13, 2009

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Shelly Colle…, Agent, Rockford, IL
Wed May 13, 2009
1. Your call to the agent was answered, or returned in a prompt manner.

2. The agent showed up on time for the appointment, and was neat and professional in appearance.

3. Be sure to mention the names of other agents you have talked with, or will be interviewing. If the agent you are interviewing gives any indication that could be interpreted as a knock against the competition, he or she has failed on an important criterion. If, on the other hand, the agent is complimentary about his or her colleagues, that is a plus.

4. The agent should be prepared with facts and figures, marketing plan, and offer suggestions. When an agent says "This property is perfect. You don't need to do a thing to it," it could very well be a big red flag.

After finally finding four that have met all of the above criteria set up an appointment with each. When you speak to each one on the phone ask for them to bring their MLS print out with them. When interviewing the agents, of the four suggested listing price ranges choose between the agents that have the two in the middle. Of those two, choose the agent you felt the most comfortable with after going through the rest of the interview questions. There is a lot to be said about trusting your "gut." The reason to disqualify the one with the highest suggested price is that there is a good chance the agent is just giving the info that you want to hear to get your listing. Not a very honest practice. Also be careful of the lowest, based on the possibility that this agent is just looking for an easy and quick sale at your expense. However, easy and quick are not adjectives normally found to be used in this market. If all four or even three suggested prices would come in extremely close, just go with the agent that you have the best feeling about of the group.

Good luck!
Shelly Colletti
Coldwell Banker Premier
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