Finding a Realtor® is not difficult, but finding a “good” Realtor® can be. I quoted “good” because this is relative to each individual. Some people like the personable, talkative, easygoing Realtor® while others would prefer a more serious and professional agent helping them out.
With the barriers for entry to be a Realtor® being relatively slim, it is no surprise that there are so many real estate agents out there. Some have been in the business for ages while others are quite new. Some work fulltime while others do it on the side. Others have even recently switched careers.
Clearly there are many options out there and it is fortunate that we have the opportunity to choose which ones to work with. This article will point out some key things to consider when choosing your Realtor® and hopefully help guide you in selecting the right one for you. Here are some things to consider:
- Experience and Education
You always want a Realtor® that has had some experience or at least enough for you to know that you are in good hands. A safe range would be one that has at least 2-3 years of experience. A good way to judge their experience to is by asking for references and testimonials from their previous clients.
Sometimes, it is also not just about experience but their education as well. Even though you do not need a degree or diploma to become a Realtor®, some Realtors® do. And generally, this helps them in their career as post secondary education challenges and prepares its students to think more logically and tackle problems more creatively.
- Always accessible/Easy to reach
This is probably one of the most important factors in a good Realtor® because like I said in previous posts, in the world of real estate, time is gold. Closings, deals, and listings are being done constantly and instantly. Maybe you have decided to buy the house but if you cannot contact your Realtor® to close the deal, somebody could still beat you to it.
- Good Communicator
As most marriage counselors would say, the key to a good and healthy relationship is communication. I’m not saying to treat your Realtor® as your spouse (unless they are, of course) but since you will be in a professional client-agent relationship, you need to be able to successfully communicate with each other.
Also remember that communication is a two-way street and that a good talker is just half of the story. It is very important that your agent is also able to listen and understand specifically what it is you want and need.
Real estate today is quickly and vastly moving into the digital world where listings, negotiations, and closings are all being done over the Internet. If your Realtor® is “out of date” in terms of technology, then you are potentially missing out on this part of the market. Some people prefer to send emails over calls or text messages so your Realtor® may find it difficult to receive and respond to these quickly if he/she does not have a smart phone, for example.
Some homeowners nowadays even sell their homes themselves because of the resources that the Internet is providing them. A Realtor® who is more tech-savvy has better chances of finding these other properties for you.
- One with a Plan
Good Realtors® always knows how to make themselves stand out from the rest. They will explain or show you what services they have to offer you (like through a buyer/seller package). This way, you know exactly what your agent will be doing for you throughout the day, and how he/she will be working for you.
This will help you make a better selection by having more solid things to compare aside from just your feel for the agent.
- Someone you are comfortable with
This is probably the more intangible factor that is not easily measured but very essential nonetheless. You will be working with this person for who knows how long – days, weeks, maybe months – so if you are not comfortable with your agent, it will just make you miserable. You don’t have to be best friends with your Realtor®, but at least be comfortable enough to talk, meet, and deal with him/her on a relatively frequent basis.
At the end of the day, it is still often a judgment call to be made by both your heart and head. Remember that this is a very significant purchase or sale so having the right person is essential. The most important thing in a client-agent relationship is the rapport between the two. It could mean the difference in not only dollar figures but also the stress or ease of the experience as well.
We at PrimoAgents.com look for Real Estate Agents that fit the above criteria to join our network and therefore, narrow your search for a good agent.