Buyers/Sellers: HOW TO FIND A REALTOR YOU LIKE

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Real Estate Agent with LAKEVIEW REALTY, Lake Arrowhead. 909-273-4542 BRE 01235311

Let's face it, finding a Realtor is not an easy task. At least finding one you're comfortable with, TRUST and LIKE. Consumers, it's vital to have a REALTOR in your corner who is knowledgeable about the AREA you want to live.You want a Realtor who KNOWS HOW TO NEGOTIATE. For buyers;  to get YOU the best bang for your buck. Sellers; to get you the best price for your property.  Buyers and sellers: You want a Realtor who is HONEST, ETHICAL and one YOU can TRUST--and DO trust. Anyone less, you need to say NEXT.

We (Realtors) still have a stigma to overcome. Many consumers still look as us with that Ah, you're nothing more than a used car salesman, look.  In some cases, that may be true. This is not a perfect world, nor a perfect  business.  There are bad apples in all different careers and positions.

Long before I became a Realtor (and before the Internet), I found my Realtor by going to Open Houses. That way, I didn't feel "trapped" to use this person if I didn't feel a bond or trust. If they were pushy, I could run for the hills.  I have a great gut instinct--most of the time--and use it OFTEN.

Nowadays, the Internet is where consumers--90%--begin searching for homes and a Realtor. You look at OUR pictures FIRST! (That being said, I AM going to be getting a new one). You read our bio/profile. Depending on the person doing the searching, our photo and bio can be a turn off. First impression is important, be it on or off the World Wide Web. Keep in mind, however, it is difficult to express yourself on the Internet. Even in e-mails, quite often, we may come across completely different than what we were intending to sound like.

A couple of tips to start your search for a REALTOR:

  1. Begin your search on the Internet in the area you want to live.
  2. Check out Realtors' PROFILE/BIO. What does it tell YOU about that person?
  3. How long have they been in business--and lived in the area you're searching?
  4. Don't get stuck on the word "Expert."  It is used loosely in R.E.
  5. When you feel comfortable, shoot off an E-MAIL ...if you don't want to call.
  6. See how long it takes the Realtor to get back to you--very important!
  7. Drive around on weekends and pop in Open Houses.
  8. When you do find a Realtor you like, and feel a connection with, STICK with him/her.
  9. You can find a Realtor on California Association of Realtors

Consumers, don't toss all of us in the same apple barrel.  Because there are thousands and thousands of good Realtors out there. I KNOW. I am one and I can honestly say I know many others. 

Find a professional Realtor you feel safe with and relax. Let them guide you through the process.

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I chose my realtor  by walkihg up to the business.  She offeredher help without any attachments or sign-ups.
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