Hiring the Right Realtor®: 10 Tips for Happy Home-buying

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Hiring the Right Realtor®: 10 Tips for Happy Home-buying

 

Before the onset of Internet real estate marketing, I crafted a marketing postcard titled, Hiring the Right Realtor® makes a world of difference.  I used that card for years and it has been copied by local agents more times than I can count! I have actually received my own postcard (verbatim with another agent's name) at my own home on numerous occasions! My husband always gets a kick out of them and enjoys my reaction when he hands me one that he discovered in the mail or in an online agent’s ad.

 

 

Why has this been copied so often? Because hiring the right Realtor® really DOES make a difference! It not only matters to sellers but, to Charlotte home buyers as well. It can be quite challenging to find the right Realtor® to lead you into and through the world of real estate, regardless of whether you're looking to buy or sell. 

 

Now, let’s talk about home-buying -  here are some home-buying tips that will get you through the process and I hope, will result in living happily ever-after in your new home.

 

  • Get a Referral

Referrals from friends
Reach out to your network of family & friends - ASK who had great experiences with their real estate agents. Asking someone you know and trust for a referral, is a great way to shorten the research process.  Call each of the agents and have a conversation with them or plan to meet them for an interview. 

 

  • Check Credentials

    Before choosing an agent, you are going to most definitely do some background research. Google the name of the Realtors® you are considering, check the Real Estate Commission for to see if there are any violations recorded on the agents. If they make claims to have specific designations, do the research online. (For example, CRS designees are highly credentialed and all CRS designees can be found here.) 

Hiring the Right Charlotte Realtor® by REAL Customer Reviews

 

  • Ask for References

    When you are searching for a new home, consider phoning past clients of the agent you are considering. They'll also be able to tell you about how the agent did in negotiations. I have given lists to potential buyers and sellers (with permission of my former clients, of course) and some of the questions that have Tips to hire the Right Realtor® in Charlottebeen asked were:
    • How was she to work with?
    • How did she communicate? 
    • How responsive was she?
    • How did she do, negotiating for you?
    • Did she keep you informed during the process?
    • How familiar was she with the area?
    • Did you find her vendor recommendations sound?

 

  • Local Knowledge

    Nobody knows an area like its residents do - especially residents who have lived in the area for decades! Not to mention, an in-town Realtor® may have a distinct advantage when it comes to being aware of listings that are soon to come on the market. If your agent doesn’t know where to get the best piece of pizza pie in the area that you’re interested, they don’t know the area!

 

  • Does He/She LISTEN?
    We ask Questions and LISTEN!
    This character trait is EASILY evaluated with a phone conversation! Make absolutely certain, right from the outset, that you've found someone who will listen to you - what you want (and don't want), what you need in a new home. 

Listening is a skill that not everyone has. Some prefer to direct YOU and oftentimes that can be in their best interest. This home-buying process is all about YOU. Is the agent asking questions and when they do, are they actually listening to your responses?

 

  • Are You a Match?

    It's important to make sure that you and your agent get along! It may sound a bit ridiculous but, you’ll be surprised at how many hours and weeks or months you’ll be spending together. Being sure that you are both on the same page with regards to your home purchase, is critical. Having a little fun along the way also helps!

 

  • Honesty IS the Best Policy

    Make sure your agent is working for you and not pushing you towards homes that don’t fit YOU. Having someone in your corner yet, someone who isn’t afraid to tell you when you are being unrealistic or asking for the moon, is critical to your home buying success.

 

  • What's Your Time-line?

    What is YOUR timeline?Does your agent really understand your time-line? Whether finding a new home right away is critical to you or you're simply in no rush at all, be confident that your Realtor® understands and appreciates your approach. If you are not ready to buy, you certainly don't want someone pushing you. 
     

  • Negotiation Skills MATTER

    If you're a buyer, your agent is paid by the sellers' brokerage—not by you*—so a higher sales price does mean a higher commission for your Realtor®.  Granted, the amount of commission can be quite small for smaller increments in sales prices but, it’s still important to look for a Realtor® who is willing to negotiate on your behalf.   *This is not always the case but, in our area, is about 95% of the time. Your agent will share terms with you when reviewing your Buyer Agency Agreement.

 

  • Don't Be Afraid to Fire Your Agent
    Tips for finding the right REALTOR in Charlotte NC
    If your agent is not attentive to your needs, why stay with them? Would you tolerate poor customer service from any other service or business?  Real estate is highly customer-service-centric and  if you’re not thrilled with the service you are receiving, you’re likely with the wrong agent. 

 

 


 

BUYERS

Visit www.iCharlotteHomes.com for more homebuying tips. Your first step should be enlisting an experienced, local real estate broker. Selecting a great broker is not as easy as it may seem. There are real estate agents and brokers who will sell you anything but, you want to enlist a seasoned real estate professional for your real estate needs. I would love to share my knowledge of the Charlotte area with you...and guide you seamlessly through the homebuying process.

**Visit www.CharlotteRealEstateAgentReviews.com to read client testimonials.

 

Hiring the RIGHT Charlotte Realtor® is key to your home buying success!

 

 

© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | CharlotteBroker@icloud.com | Hiring the Right Realtor®: 10 Tips for Happy Homebuying

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You can use anything I post, Dorie Dillard! I just would never 'copy' anything a local agent uses - it's just too close to home and even a little creepy, if you ask me! 

The time it takes to do their Due Diligence, Dorie, will make a HUGE difference in their outcome - both customer service-wise as well as financially.

Happy Monday!

May 21, 2018 06:39 PM #24
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I AM that horse, Richie Alan Naggar...and I'm darned proud of it! HaHa!

May 21, 2018 06:40 PM #25
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Thank you, Jeff Dowler, CRS! I landed a buyer this week that had been working with another agent and just wasn't getting what she needed. I feel badly that she was referred to another agent and flew into town to BUY a house and wound up going home without a new home. The agent hadn't listened to her needs AT ALL and then when SHE found the house, the agent lost the bidding war for her!

She had a horrible experience and the referring agent evidently hadn't done her part of the interviewing process. Now, the buyer is back in town and hopefully will be under Contract tomorrow. It's just sad that she had to go through what she did but, she was able to 'fire' the other agent - thank goodness! 

May 21, 2018 11:11 PM #26
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Sham Reddy CRS
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Love this blog!!!

Reach out to your network of family & friends - ASK who had great experiences with their real estate agents. Asking someone you know and trust for a referral, is a great way to shorten the research process.  Call each of the agents and have a conversation with them or plan to meet them for an interview.

May 22, 2018 04:02 AM #27
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Corinne Guest
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I love this post, I love the statement and am not surprised it's been copied. What I love about my job with buyers is that somehow, 9 times of 10, I end up working with people that are of my tribe. Attraction is the best method in real estate.

May 22, 2018 06:17 AM #28
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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The RIGHT real estate agent will make all the difference. I'm so lucky to have a life long friend as an agent. She just represented us in both the sale and purchase of homes.

May 22, 2018 10:25 AM #29
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Great post and very true. Love what your customers are asking past clients, I find the same things are important to future cleints and ask clients when leaving reviews to touch on these subjects.

May 22, 2018 11:45 AM #30
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Steven Nickens
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Debe, great info on dealing with the right agent, coming from a pro. I am a fan.

May 22, 2018 03:06 PM #31
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Debe Maxwell, CRS You are the RIGHT Agent and I want to congratulate you on the Feature and stand with many that came before me to say this was a great post and all the points RIGHT ON!

May 22, 2018 09:16 PM #32
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These are wonderful tips. One thing I've noticed - I've never had a potential client ask me for references. Interesting.

May 23, 2018 04:16 AM #33
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Thank you, Sham Reddy! One of the things that I love about referral business is that most of the time, they've got two friends who have referred and they all love 'keeping up' with the process through their referral. It makes it even more exciting for the clients going through the process!

May 23, 2018 06:19 AM #34
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It absolutely is, Corinne Guest, Managing Broker - it's like you already know them, even if you've never met them! It's the birds of a feather equation and I love that!

May 23, 2018 06:21 AM #35
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That is fantastic, Sharon Tara! I'm so happy for you and I hope you're loving your new home too!

May 23, 2018 06:22 AM #36
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Thank you, Nick and that's a great suggestion - to ask them to touch on those topics. I've never done that before but, will figure out a way to make that happen!

Happy Wednesday, Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543

May 23, 2018 06:23 AM #37
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Well, it is reciprocal, Steven Nickens! Thank you so much!

May 23, 2018 06:24 AM #38
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Well, thank you, Diana Dahlberg - that is so kind of you!

Ray & I have joked that I need to design something that says, "I'm not only the RIGHT REALTOR but, the original RIGHT REALTOR!" LOL

May 23, 2018 06:26 AM #39
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Hi Kat Palmiotti! Well, you're not alone - we began marketing that and it's resulted in some great feedback as well. I'm sure it's because when we get a lead from our website, we tell them we're happy to provide names of past clients who also moved to the area from their area or landed in the same area that they're looking. It's powerful and past clients love giving the references too! 

For me, it's another touch with a past client - which I really do enjoy!

Happy Wednesday!

May 23, 2018 06:30 AM #40
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Great post of course!  Listening skills  and local area knowledge are so important.  Good for you! 

May 26, 2018 10:26 PM #41
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Thank you, Jan Green! I completely agree with you, of course!!

Happy Wednesday!

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Preparedness is key and Hiring the Right Charlotte Realtor® who works from start-to-finish with a 'step-ahead' mentality is key for Charlotte home buyers AND sellers.

Step 2 of the Homebuying Process

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