Choosing the Right Realtor

Real Estate Agent

What to look for while choosing a Realtor when buying or selling a home in Silicon Valley. The list below appears simple and straightforward at first glance. When you begin the process, you will truly understand how unique and important these characteristics are in a Realtor.

1.) Honesty and Integrity. Everyone talks about honesty and ethics but the proof is in the actions (or lack therefore). Does your Realtor give you straight answers to direct question? Are they genuine? Do they have good references?

2.) Industry knowledge. Do they understand the current market? How many transactions have they completed in the last year? Do they list foreclosures and short sales? Do they know the impact distressed homes have on traditional sales? What is their history with buyers? Do they stay up to date on current contracts?

3.) Negotiating skills. What do they do to get your offer accepted? Knowing your realtors background in selling will help you determine their ability to negotiate. Knowing current statistics is great, but how do these statistics help YOU get the best price....through sales and negotiation.

4.) Answers their phone. Sounds simple, right? Try calling a few Realtors and see how many actually answer their phones. You should be important to them from beginning to end and their responsiveness to your calls will help determine their commitment to you and your transaction.

5.) Works hard. Realtors work for YOU. Their availability should be based on when you need them. Is your prospective Realtor available when you need them....Nights? Weekends? The selling process happens while you are living your life. How does your Realtor utilize YOUR time?

Of course there are many additional qualities you will need in a Realtor, but these quick guidelines should provide you with a good start. DO NOT take your choice in a Realtor lightly.

If you need additional help, please ask us for our free list of questions to ask any prospective Realtor.

Choose wisely!

The ANKOA Team

Silicon Valley Real Estate And Homes

Comments (3)

Melia Campbell
Campbell Realty - Marysville, CA

Number 4 is my favorite. 

Nov 17, 2011 05:45 PM
Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

You know what we call this list?  A good start.

Nov 17, 2011 05:59 PM
Art Welch
Superstars Realty - Buckeye, AZ

I must add one.  Knows the inventory like their first childs face.  I was recently on a college tour with my son at Stanford, I have the ap on my smart phone.  When we pulled up some local listings we were shocked at the lack of photos, no signage, and overall lack of marketing.  In areas like this the real expert has seen what they are selling and know what to show.  Thanks.

Nov 17, 2011 06:20 PM