How to Pick a Good Real Estate Agent
If you’re in need of a real estate agent’s services, you’ll certainly want the best no less. However, with so many out there that you can choose from, how do you know which one is right for you?
Whether you intend to buy or sell a property, below are tips that will come useful:
1. Speak to references.
Ask your prospective agent for a list of what they’ve listed and sold within the last twelve months, with contact details. If you’re a seller, ask them if the properties they’ve sold are similar to yours in terms of key features like price and location. Definitely, you need a specialist in what you’re selling.
2. Check if they are licensed.
Real estate agents need a license before they can practice their profession – legally, at least. Make sure you’re considering someone who has one. You can contact your state board for verification.
3. Choose the right agent with the right credentials.
Just like lawyers and doctors, real estate agents have specialties too. Some common designations are Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR), and Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES). Members of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) are called Realtor with a capital “R.” If you hire a Realtor, you can be assured of an agent who has formally pledged to follow the NAR’s code of ethics.
4. Pick an experienced agent.
Know how long your prospective agent has been in business. You can simply ask the agent directly or verify with your state licensing board. You’d like to stick to prospects who have spent at least five years in the business. You don’t want to be the guinea pig in their experiment.
5. Scan current listings.
Take time out to scan an agent’s online listings. Visit their website or search a realtor site’s online database for properties in the MLS. Nowadays, people start their search on the Internet, and you’ll want an agent who can manipulate this tool for your maximum benefits. You want to be able to tap that big market out there, or you’ll be losing a lot opportunities.
6. Ask about other houses for sale close by.
A good agent is someone who knows about several properties within the area where you’re looking. Mention one that has just been sold or is still up for sale. If the agent can give you a few details, that shows that he does know the area pretty well.
Prior to deciding which agent to choose, you should have considered two or three prospects and compared them. Without any point of reference, you can’t accurately say that a certain agent is the best one for you.