How to Choose a Real Estate Agent

You obviously want the best real estate agent when shopping for a house, but how do you choose? With the variety of online ads, sponsored benches, yard signs, etc. it can be hard to navigate between good and bad real estate agents. Luckily for you, this article will help you select the best help in their buying or selling a property.

1. Do they spend the time to get to know you?

This may be the most important thing you can find out about your prospective real estate agent. The questions that they ask you can help you to determine their priorities and whether they will be a good fit for your needs. Try to find a Realtor who takes the time to get to know you, your needs, and your goals. By finding a real estate agent whose priority is you, you know you will be well taken care of.

If your Realtor does not take the time to get to know you and your needs, then how do you know if they have your best interest in mind?  You need to know first and foremost, your agent is not simply trying to make a sale, but they actually care for you and will walk you through all your questions to help you make the most informed decision.

2. Don’t Forget The License

Since each state has a board that both educated and licensed real estate agents, it’s worth checking with your state department on whether or not your real estate agent is properly licensed. If they have, that’s great news for you! However, you can also check if there have been any complaints or disciplinary reports on the real estate agent you’re hiring as well.

And check to make sure they are part of the National Association of Realtors (NAR).  Agents who are part of the NAR abide by core ethics and and a high standard of professionalism in their work.

3. Contact Past Customers

One of the best ways to see if your real estate agent is legitimate is to check with their past or current customers. Ask your agent for a list of who they sold to and the best way to contact them. This way, you have a clear list of how successful your real estate agent is and you’ll have person-to-person reviews on how professional your Realtor is.

4. Determine How Long They Have Been In Business

Ask how long your real estate agent has been in business to get a better understanding of their experience. If they have been selling for five years or less, that is a sign that they are still in the “learning phase” and you should seek elsewhere if you are skeptical.

5. Do They Work Alone or With a Team?

Having a real estate agent that works with a team is a huge plus. Not only will you have a larger variety of support for buying or selling a property, but your Realtor will seem more legitimate with more people behind them. However, a disadvantage towards working with a team of Realtors is that you may be working with different every day, making it hard to build a trusting relationship.

Therefore, it is important to select the right team, so that you know every person in the team you will be working with.  A highly functional team has team members that each have their special functions and will walk you through the entire process and meeting your needs.

6. How Many Homes Have they Sold?

They average agent sells only 4 homes a year.  You need a real estate agent that is experienced in their field and is part of a top real estate team to assist you every step of the way.

Is your agent educating you or are they selling you?  You want an agent who will educate you to be proactive and bullet proofing the transactions. Top agents will set you up to be successful even before seeing the property and educating you about different scenarios that can come up.

7. Determine Where They Work

Some real estate agents call themselves neighborhood experts and work specifically in an area that they know well. Others will travel hours just to make a sale. When looking for your agent, it is best to find someone right in the middle. Look for someone who knows your preferred area as well as they know the surrounding area.

8. Communication and Professionalism

Look for an agent who is a good communicator. Choose an attentive, listening, and professional agents. Importantly, look for a real estate agency that can be your advocate throughout the entire process. As such, you can comfortably express your concerns. Again, look for a company that respects your wishes. You want an agency that can help you focus on the facts. A professional real estate agent should help you avoid decisions you might regret later.

9. Special Circumstances

Whether you are looking to sell, buy, or rent a home, your situation is unique. There are real estate agents who are experienced working in specific areas. Are you first time home buyer? If so, you may want a real estate agent who has helped other first timers find their dream homes. Ask your potential Realtor is they have worked with anyone who was in a similar situation to yours. See if there are any common problems that may occur and ask them what they would do in those situations.

10. Do Your Research

When looking for a new real estate agent, make sure you also do your research and ask the people close to you if they have any recommendations. Talk to family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors. A lot of the time, you can get the best information from these people who you trust about Orlando real estate agents. Read online reviews and see what real customers have said about their experiences.

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us and we would be glad to help you!

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