How to choose your next Realtor… The proof is in the pudding…
If you haven’t noticed, the real state industry is being overrun with the Zillow’s, Tulia’s and many other websites or fly by night people that want to cash in on the 200 billion dollar industry. After 10 years in the business and cutting my teeth on short sales and foreclosures there are a few things that makes a good agent stand tall above the rest. Here are a few tips to get you pointed in the right direction.
Your agent needs to be a fulltime agent.
- Having a part time agent can cost you money, possibly the dream home and cause delays. (Don’t get upset if you’re a part time agent who’s getting the job done. You probably an over achiever) I have seen it time and time again when a part time agent because they are not available when needed, has cost people time and money.
Your agent needs to work well with others.
- When it comes to closing a deal, getting an offer accepted or negotiating a contract, your agent needs to be willing to find common ground with the other agent and or party in the transaction. Picking a fight, being pushy and or not willing to budge or find common ground can blow up a deal in an instant and once again, cost you time, money and possibly the dream home.
Your agent needs to understand the contracts.
- Not knowing how contracts work, time frames and the proper contracts to use will cause problems.
. Kickbacks - The agent who gives a kick back. This often occurs when they have nothing else to give, other than their own paycheck. I know I bring value to my clients and I can back it up with cold hard numbers. When an agent wants to throw money your way, be leery of what else they might be willing to throw out the window, it could be your deposit check or equity.
- . And lastly - The number one thing that you need to look for in an agent is their ability to dive deep into your needs, wants and goals. Too many times I meet with sellers who couldn’t get their home sold because the agent didn’t dive deep into their goals with them. Also, I run into it this dilemma too often with buyer agents. They will show buyers houses out of their price range and houses that don’t meet their needs. The home is either too small, not in the right location or doesn’t have the features they need. The only thing that matters to a client in the real state world is their needs, wants and goals, the rest is all BS for the agent to handle. If I can meet and exceed those three things, I have done my job.
So to sum this all up in a nut shell. When you’re looking to hire an agent don’t just go on a hunch or a referral from aunt Flow. Check their references, learn about their business practices and review a resume. If it comes down to it, interview a few agents and use the items above as a guide.
For more about this or if your looking for an agent, give me a call, shoot me a text or email.