How To Find A Good Real Estate Agent

How To Find A Good Real Estate Agent

How To Find A Good Real Estate Agent?

Whether you are starting the process now so that you get into an agreement in advance, or you are ready to jump in and list your home, you will need to decide on how you want to sell/buy. At Selling Later, we will never tell you how to sell as we think that the real estate industry is no longer a one size fit’s all product. You should select a service that best works for you and that also makes sure you are getting a fair and legal deal.  
 
Lately, a few of our members that are considering the traditional real estate agent route have been asking us a few questions on how to find the right one.  What questions should you ask? What should you be looking for? Although many of us at Selling Later have gone through the process of interviewing and working with an agent, we thought it would be best to go straight to the source for your answers on this question. 
 
We reached out to our friend, Nancy Snider, who has over 25 years of experience in real estate and has worked with the good, the bad, the somewhat ok in the agent world. Here is what she suggests you ask and look for when seeking a real estate agent.

 


For Home Sellers

  • The first and most important thing to do is to ask for personal referrals from friends, family or co-workers.

  • Meet with at least two or three agents so that you get a feel for who would be the best match

  • Be sure to ask if they are a full time or part-time agent. You will need to consider how much time and flexibility you have as well as what your agent has available.

  • Ask what experience they have selling in your preferred area. You will want an agent that understands your area and that has bought or sold in that area previously.

  • Ask what kind of access to the quality photographers, stagers and other vendors you might need — even companies such as landscape, window washers, cleaning companies.

  • See what they bring to your interview. An excellent realtor should bring lots of comparable info and market condition info to your meeting.

  • It is crucial that you feel comfortable with the realtor as a person. You will want to find an agent where your personalities mesh well and that you feel comfortable being honest and transparent with them. 

  • Don’t be afraid to talk about commission rates. A good agent will be upfront with you about their commissions and will also work with you on finding a percentage rate that you both can agree to. If you are giving the realtor leads from Selling Later, and one of those leads work out, you should not have to pay the standard commission rate. 

  • Do not sign anything with anyone until you are sure that they are the right agent for you.

 

For Home Buyers

  • The first and most important thing to do is to ask for personal referrals from friends, family or co-workers.

  • Meet with at least two or three agents so that you get a feel for who would be the best match.  You are going to be spending a lot of time together touring homes, so make sure you select someone that makes you feel comfortable enough to speak your opinions (the good and the bad).

  • Be sure to ask if they are a full time or part-time agent. You will need to consider how much time and flexibility you have as well as what your agent has available. When buying, you will be touring a good amount of homes, so timing and flexibility are essential to this process.

  • Ask what experience they have selling or buying in your preferred area. You will want an agent that understands your area and can match the area with your buying criteria.

  • An excellent realtor should offer a buyer session with you to go through the process with you and assist in making your wish list, recommending lenders and other advice.

  • Make sure that as you tour homes, the realtor can point out the good and the bad of each home. Be wary of agents that never have anything constructive to say about the homes that you tour.

 

A Few Extra Points:

An agent that has a high volume of sales shows that they are successful, but it also indicates that they are busy. If you are choosing a high-volume agent, we suggest asking if that agent will be working with you or if they have others that help along with the process. There is nothing wrong with help, but you should know everyone that you will be working with throughout the process.
 
There are always going to be ads promoting agents, especially online (but never on Selling Later). An ad simply means that they paid to have it placed there. If you don’t have referrals from friends or families, do not base your selection from an advertisement alone. Always check online for reviews of that specific agent, or even ask the agent for a list of past clients that you could contact.
 
Disclaimer: Nancy Snider is a family friend of ours and was kind enough to share her insight with us. No one was paid for this blog posting, nor was any information given for this post. We just genuinely appreciate her honest, veteran insight. 

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