Finding the Right Real Estate Agent

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cindy Lindgren, The Landlady

Family Portrait SilhouetteFinding the right real estate agent need not be the hardest part of looking for or selling property. But it can be as important as any other part of the process.  It will make all the difference in how the rest of the process goes. Like most communities, there's more than one agency and many agents in each agency. Finding the right real estate agent will get you through the times when things don't go as planned at your end or at the other end, and that happens!

Here is a beginning checklist to work down as you look for the right agent.

1. Referrals are a good way to begin finding the right real estate agent. Ask your family, friends, people you work with, call a local title company or the local MLS (Multiple Listing Service) Office.

2. Real estate listings in the local newspaper and real estate magazines will tell you who the more active agents are and as important, how they present themselves and the properties they have for sale. Is that how you would like to be represented? You might start by looking for the ads of the agents referred to you. Check to see if they have their own presence on the internet, a website or a blog.

3. Interview 2 or 3 real estate agents you feel you might want to represent you. In person is always best but you can start with a phone call.  This is better than email because you can hear the voice behind the words. Here are a few questions to start the conversation and build on.  Remember you are not simply looking for the answers to these questions but also how they are answered, how the real estate agent engages with you. This relationship may be a short one, or it may go on for a time.
            a. How long have you worked in this community?
            b. What will the working relationship be like?
            c. (If you are new to real estate ask) can you describe the process involved in selling/buying real
Then, how do you feel talking with them? Do they clearly explain things to you? Are they patient with your questions? Do you feel they are answering your questions or just giving you stock answers? Are they good listeners?Blue Compass

Again, finding the right real estate agent need not be difficult but it should never be taken for granted. Don’t just walk into the first agency and up to the first agent you see. Along with the emotions involved of finding your dream property or selling the home your family grew up in, there are legal and financial issues. None of this needs to be scary or unnecessarily complicated for anyone, and it won’t be when guided by the right real estate agent.

Comments (6)

Jon Quist
Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996

You state some good points to use in finding a listing agent. I feel it is easier to find a listing agent because the proof of the agent work is out there for all to see. You can do the research, or ask for the results from a prospective agent, fairly easily.

Mar 03, 2011 04:13 PM
Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen

Great post! You've drawn attention to some very good points to ponder here in your checklist.

Mar 03, 2011 04:14 PM
Cheryl Malone
Windermere Van Vleet - Medford, OR

I don't think people put in as much thought as they should when they are making a major decision like buying or selling a house.  Some people probably spend more time picking out a pair of shoes.

Mar 03, 2011 04:19 PM
Cindy Lindgren
Cindy Lindgren, The Landlady - Ukiah, CA
Mendocino County Real Estate

Wow! That was fast. Thank you Joh, Vickie, and Cheryl for your comments.

Mar 03, 2011 04:29 PM
Sherilyn M. Whistler
ERA Herman Group Real Estate-NoCo - Loveland, CO
Need a Referral, Call Me !

Cindy:  That was very informative to the new Buyer or Seller not familiar with the real estate process. I am sure your localism post readers will appreciate the article and information.

Mar 03, 2011 04:33 PM
Cindy Lindgren
Cindy Lindgren, The Landlady - Ukiah, CA
Mendocino County Real Estate

Thanks Sherilyn. Emotions are good things and they are intertwined with our feeling for place and home. Its helpful to sit back and remember there is a professional legal and financial process also intertwined with that place and home when its time to sell it.

Mar 03, 2011 04:47 PM