A Top Ten Checklist for Choosing Your Realtor in Surprise, Arizona 85374

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A Top Ten Checklist

for Choosing a REALTOR®

Are they market savvy? Our market is in a constant state of

change, so the real estate professional you choose should be knowledgeable,

e-cient and pro-active about staying ahead of the learning curve.

Do they data-mine for buyers/sellers? Tapping into technology is a must for agents

who understand that target-marketing to those buyers most likely to purchase your home or to

zero in on the homes you are most interested in buying.

What is their detailed marketing plan? In today's constantly shifting market, busy

professionals leave nothing to chance or questions unanswered for their clients. With a timetested

plan of action, and a clearly de ned marketing system, you'll feel more con dent in their

ability to achieve the results you desire.

Are they full or part time? It is important to know up front whether the real estate

agent you are speaking to is fully engaged in the listing and selling of homes and all that the

profession entails, or if this is a part-time focus for them.

Are they using advanced technology tools? Ours is a dierent world these days

and the tools of the trade have changed to meet the times. Ask your potential real estate agent

what high-tech tools they use to ensure that your home has the most exposure and the best

services available.

Do they have a network of professionals you can count on? There is a lot to

be said for team players in this business. Choosing an agent who is well connected in all aspects

of the industry makes them an all-around great resource. That way whatever your real estate

need, from buying and selling, to home improvement specialist or landscaper, they've got you


What is their experience level? This is an important factor to weigh. While some

agents can oer a long "time" in the business - they may or may not have the "experience"

necessary to get the job done. Whether an agent is new or a seasoned veteran, look for

enthusiasm, commitment, knowledge and a person who is willing to go the extra mile.

Buyer's Agent? Seller's Agent? REALTOR®? Broker?

Deciphering the code can be tricky when choosing the real estate

professional that is right for you and your family. Try this handy checklist

for picking the perfect person or team:

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What is their system for staying in touch? Communication is a vital component in

the sales process. Make sure the real estate agent you choose takes the time to establish a time

and method for keeping you in the loop every step of the way! That way, you are always

informed and everyone can avoid unwanted "surprises."

What is their list-to-sale ratio? There's a very real dierence between listing and

closing. Ask for a track record so that you can determine how eective your agent is at getting

sales closed.

Do they have references? Most great agents are happy to share their referral information

with you. In fact, top agents generate most of their business from their referral base. They

consider and treat their clients as the VIPs they are. Ask if they can provide you with a list of

names and phone numbers. It's your right!

When it's all said and done - it really comes down to trust. Choosing a real estate professional is no

exact science, to be sure. What's important is that you feel comfortable with them as a person, and as a

professional. Add to that a comprehensive marketing plan and a set time to communicate and you have the

foundation for a great working relationship. Know that making sure you have a resource you can count on

and an advocate you can trust is my top priority.

Call me anytime. I'm here to help!

Comments (2)

Darrell Backen
Darrell Backen 1.855.216.6010 - Vancouver, BC
Digital Marketing

I found your list quite useful. I have reblooged it for you.

Nov 08, 2009 08:58 AM
Roland Rogge
Ken Meade Realty - Surprise, AZ

Thank you so much Darrell.  Enjoy your every day.  Make it your own.


Nov 08, 2009 09:09 AM