Tips for Choosing a Real Estate Agent
If you’re in need of a real estate agent’s services, you’ll certainly want the best no less. But with almost countless options out there, how do you know who’s best 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’ll be selling a property, ask them if the have sold similar properties to yours based on such important features as price, location and the rest. Of course, you want someone who actually specializes in what you’re selling.
2. See to it that they are licensed.
Real estate agents are required to secure a license from state boards. Stick to an agent who has one. Contact your state board to verify.
3. Pick an agent who has the right credentials.
Doctors and lawyers have specialties, and so do real estate agents. 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. Work with an experienced agent.
Know how long your prospective agent has been in business. You can approach your state licensing authority or just ask the agent directly. You’d like to stick to prospects who have spent at least five years in the business. You don’t want your transaction to be an experiment.
5. Take a look at current listings.
Spend time to check 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 should tap that enormous market out there, or you may end up missing so many opportunities.
6. Inquire about other for-sale properties nearby.
A good agent will have knowledge about the different properties located in your preferred area. Mention one or two properties that are for sale or may have been sold recently. If the agent can give you a few details, that’s a sign that he’s really familiar with the area.
Prior to deciding which agent to choose, you should have considered two or three prospects and compared them. After all, you can’t say that someone is the best for you without any point of reference.