Whether you’re buying or selling, leasing or a landlord, when you choose a real estate agent, you’re putting an important part of your livelihood in their hands. Finding the right mix of professionalism, friendly personality and someone you’ll enjoy working with is no easy feat. But when it comes down to it, there are three key tenets to any agent and buyer/seller match made in heaven.
1. Make sure you’re both on the same page
From your very first meeting with any potential real estate agents, your goals should be clearly aligned. You can achieve this with clear communication from the get-go; and this works both ways.
Outline exactly what it is you want your agent to help you achieve, whether that’s a sale price or important property criteria. But also listen to the advice they give you. Real estate agents are professionals in their industry, and if your agent thinks that your budget is too low for what you want in a home, or your desired sale price is too high, take their opinion into consideration. A good agent won’t be afraid to tell you when something needs to change.
Likewise, make sure your agent clearly understands your aims as a buyer, seller or landlord and the things you will and won’t compromise on. If the real estate agent you’re talking to says they can’t deliver, but won’t give you a reason why, it’s time to look elsewhere.
2. Know their history
Professional real estate agents will often offer this without you even having to ask. It’s important to find an agent who has experience in both the local area you are interested in, as well as with properties in your price range.
You can suss out an agent’s history at your first meeting with them by asking a few key questions. These can include how long they have worked as a real estate agent, what their experience is in the area, and how many recent, similar sales they have closed. This will all of course depend on your individual circumstances, but if you’re looking to sell your home or buy your dream house, you can’t afford to settle for second best.
3. Are they in demand?
Popular agents won’t be hard to find, but they may not be terribly available. An in-demand real estate agent could be either a blessing or a curse. On the one hand, you know that they have a great track record. But on the other hand, they could be spread far too thinly to devote enough time to your property sale or house hunt.
Find the right balance between a real estate agent who comes highly recommended, and one who still has the time and energy to spare. Burning the candle at both ends doesn’t make for quality services, no matter what the industry.
How to choose a real estate agent is a by no means a simple process. But once you find an agent who understands and supports your property goals, has a reputable and reliable history, as well as enough availability, you’ll be on the right track to realising your real estate dreams.
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