Are All Agents The Same? Not Even Close

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Real Estate Agent with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services



During the course of our career, we have received a lot of feedback from our clients about their past experiences with a real estate agent. It seems like everyone has a different story but the conclusion is the same: not all agent are alike.

In today's post, we wanted to bring to your attention that every agent works a little differently, even ones that work for the same company. So, if you are looking for an agent, the following list should be helpful.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN AN AGENT?

Here is a list of qualities that consumers find important in an agent.*

1.     Knowledgeable - An agent should be able to share with you a wealth of information not only about the buying or selling process but also of the specific areas in which you are plan to buy or sell. Remember, knowledge is power and your agent needs to be a huge asset here.

2.     Honesty - So how can you tell if an agent is honest? You can begin by talking to people who have used a particular agent. You can also usually get a gut feeling if an agent you are speaking with is genuine.  Asking good questions will reveal a lot about how an agent conducts their business and if they will be looking out for your best interests.

3.     Communicative - This is a big one if you want to have a smooth and pleasant experience. A good agent should have specific systems in place to make sure they are efficiently communicating with you during the entire process. Ask an agent about their communication plan for their clients. If they don't have one then you may have to question the level of customer service you plan to receive.

4.      A Good Negotiator - If you ask 10 real estate agents if they are good negotiators, I almost guarantee all will say "yes". So, you may just want to ask an agent about their negotiation skills and what it means to you as their prospective client. What they say here will tell you a lot about their style and if they will be a good fit for you.

5.     Good People Skills - This one kind of helps bring all of the above mentioned characteristics together. Not everyone is blessed with good people skills but an agent who has them can make a world of difference.

Just remember, shopping for an agent is similar to looking for a home. While there are a lot of them out there,  they are not all alike and you need to take your time to find the right one.

 

* Per National Association Of Realtors® Home Buyer/Seller Profile

 

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About The Authors:

Dan and Amy Schuman are agents with Howard Hanna, the area's largest real estate company. They live in Solon Ohio and specialize in Cleveland Luxury Homes, working with buyers relocating to Cleveland, and first-time buyers.

 

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Liz and Bill Spear
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Dan, That's often a challenge for potential clients to realize.  Every one of us is different, even within the same brokerage there can be significant variation.  I suspect we both get and lose business strictly based on buyers and sellers past experience with other RE/MAX agents.

Aug 02, 2012 12:37 AM #1
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Dan and Amy. I read the title and laughed. You did a great job spelling out what to look for and why it matters.

Aug 02, 2012 01:19 AM #2
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Ellie Penaranda
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Dan & Amy, sellers in particular seem to complain the most about the lack of communication once their home goes on the market.  Sad, but true.  You did a wonderful job addressing the main points.  I already got one agent from AR to come down buy a home in Naples, Your are Next!!

Aug 08, 2012 01:19 AM #3
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Bliz - I'm sure many consumers simply assume that all agents within a certain company are alike, or at least do the same thing. Obviously, we all know that's not true. Hope all is well.

Sheila - Thank you for commenting and reading. Glad we made you laugh.

Ellie - I would love to own a place on the beach some day, but I need a little more time. We will certainly let you know when the time comes.

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Mary Yonkers
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Dan & Amy, I love both the title and the graphic you used in this post.  Each point you made is viable and right on.  Hope to see you at next Howard Hanna event.

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