Choosing An Authentic Real Estate Agent

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Buying or selling properties, be it a house, an apartment or even land is an exciting and often overwhelming experience. That’s why most people choose to use a real estate agent during these processes. The right agent knows the ins and outs of the market, has connections everywhere and is a good listener when it comes to your wants and needs and will be able to ensure that the entire process goes smoothly.  From doing your homework to maintaining clear lines of communication with your agent, these tips will help you find a good partner for your next real estate transaction.

Do background research

Google is your friend when canvassing for a real estate agent. There is a wealth of information about real estate companies and agents at your fingertips, so search digital real estate websites to see what other people, especially prior clients, say about a particular agent.

Be wary of trusting everything you read online, and try to confirm as much as you can about any agent you’re interested in. You can do this by interviewing them, and also by requesting referrals.

Talk with agents’ recent clients

Ask agents to provide a list of what they’ve listed and sold in the past year, with contact information. If you’re selling, ask whether the previous properties were similar to yours in price, location and other key features. You want someone who specializes in what you’re selling or buying. Another good question for sellers to ask: How long were the homes on the market?

Communication is key

We all agree that communication is the most important thing. The first communication you have with the agent is your chance to gauge an agent’s communication style and skills. Ask the agents how they prefer to communicate and gauge if that works for you.

 A professional real estate agent will lead the client through all the steps and help you learn the market because they’ve got experience in the space and they should be demonstrating that with the client. Also be receptive to a prospective agent’s feedback, especially during the courting phase.

Some of the questions you could ask prospective agents:

  • How long have you been selling real estate?
  • What is your average number of clients?
  • What is your ratio of buyers to sellers?
  • What area do you cover?
  • Are you part of a team?
  • Are you equipped to handle my unique situation?
  • What type of communication should I expect from you?
  • Do you have a recommended list?
  • Can I have the contact information for three references?

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