Buying and selling a home is commonly the biggest monetary transaction a person will make in their lifetime. Although the process and the end product is exciting, the journey to buying and selling can come with ups and downs. Choosing a realtor that is right for you can make or break your real estate experience. Here are some useful tips on how to choose a great real estate agent.
Do Your Research
In most areas, there are plenty of qualified real estate agents to choose from. So what sets one agent apart from another? Taking the time to do your research on an agent can really pay off in the long run. The first thing you should do to research your potential agent is to verify their credentials – ensure the agent is in fact licensed and also check to make sure they have no disciplinary actions against them.
Another great way to study up on an agent is to talk to some of their recent clients. Find out how they felt about their experience with the agent. Was the agent available and accessible, knowledgeable about their area, and did the transaction go smoothly and end up the way the client hoped it would? Finally, checking to see if an agent has received any professional awards or recognition in their industry is another great way to set certain agents apart from others.
Interview Your Potential Realtor
There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking the real estate agent you are interested in hiring a whole slew of questions, and in fact, you should do this. Find out how experienced the agent is. If they are new to real estate ask about their professional background prior to working in the real estate industry and how they carry this experience over to their current career. Ask the agent to show you some of their current or past listings and determine whether you like the way they marketed the property.
Some great questions to ask yourself are: do I like the photos they chose? Do I like the description of the property they compiled? Was the time on the market reasonable for the current real estate market?
Finally, gauge the agent’s knowledge of the area you are selling in or wish to buy in. Find out what they know about the neighborhood, the school district, the crime rate, the current real estate market and trends for that area, and whether they have represented buyers and sellers in that area before. If selling, inquire about their marketing strategy and find out what they will do to ensure every qualified buyer in your area will see YOUR house.
Maybe We Can Help!
Having the right real estate agent is vital to a smooth buying and selling process so there is no such thing as too many questions or a stupid question when interviewing potential agents. The Mower Group is certain that we embody everything it takes to represent buyers and sellers in our area well. In fact, we are so confident in our abilities to help your real estate transactions go smoothly that we encourage you to interview us and throw all of the above questions at us, and more!
But even if The Mower Group is not your choice for real estate agents in your area do not hesitate to reach out to us for help on locating an agent that is right for you. Our mission is to help people attain their real estate dreams, and we want to do that even if it means putting you in touch with someone who better suits your needs.