7 Steps to Choosing the Right Realtor for You

7 Steps to Choosing the Right Realtor for You

Find the Best Realtor for Your Needs

Finding the right realtor to help you buy or sell your home can be a challenge.  There are many realtors out there who are eager to help you list your home for sale or find the perfect home for you.  So how do you decide which realtor is the best for you?

1)      Ask for referrals

Friends and family are often the first people we turn to when looking for a real estate agent.  Ask them for names of realtors that they’ve previously worked with and had a good experience with.  Find out what made them stand out as a realtor.

2)      Check out their website and social media accounts

A realtor that is active and works full time will likely have a website and active social media accounts.  Take a look at their website and digital accounts to see what makes them unique and to see what active listings and open houses they have.  By doing this, you’ll get a better understanding of how each realtor will market your property or how big their network is.

3)      Interview several realtors

Narrow down your list of potential realtors.  Interview at least 3-4 realtors so that you can get a sense of which realtor you can feel comfortable talking with.  Buying or selling your home is a significant financial transaction so you need to be able to work with your realtor.

Before meeting with the realtor, they will likely ask you questions about the property you are selling or the home you wish to buy.

4)      Determine if they are prepared for your meeting

For your meeting, the realtor may research and prepare some preliminary information for you.  They should be able to give you an idea of your listing price if you are selling your property.  They will do this by looking at historical data and current homes on the market.  The more prepared the realtor is for your meeting, the more serious they are about helping you sell or find a home.

5)      Find out their knowledge base

Realtors who have been working full time in the real estate market have seen many ups and downs of the market, depending on the season and the area.  During your interview, knowledgeable realtors will be able to show you their knowledge by talking about the trends of the market as well as how they go about assessing homes for sales.

6)      Find out their sales and negotiation skills

A real estate agent with excellent sales skills will be able to find out and understand what you are looking for in a house, townhouse, or condo, and show you properties that meet your needs.  A realtor who has good sales skills will be persistent and also have excellent negotiation skills.  Negotiation skills could mean the difference between a buyer spending an extra several thousand dollars or the seller losing money on the deal.

7)      Use your intuition and see if your personalities mesh

Ultimately, the best judge of whether the realtor is a good fit for you and your real estate goals is dependent on your intuition and whether you feel they fit your personality.  You will likely be spending at least 1 to 6 months working closely with them, looking at open houses, preparing your home for sale, or looking through offers.  Keep in mind that you want to find a realtor that you can easily talk to about money and your finances.

Buying a home can be a lengthy process.  You may spend several months looking for the ideal home for you and your family so you’ll need to make sure that you have a realtor that you can talk to openly and candidly.  When selling your home, you want to feel confident that you have a realtor that will accurately price your home to sell within a reasonable time frame.  By interviewing several potential realtors, you will get a feel for their different styles and their commitment to clients as well as their knowledge of the real estate market.

Call us today to set up an appointment to find out how we can help you buy your dream home or sell your current home.


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