"Hey Call My Cousin He's A Real Estate Agent"
These days it seems like everyone is a real estate agent. Everyone has a cousin, brother, mother or nephew twice removed that is a Realtor. You can’t throw a stick in the Denver Foothills without hitting a real estate broker. They come in all shapes, sizes and backgrounds. Some there are part time, full time, agents that only work from 9 to 3 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. There are luxury real estate agents and ones that only sell time shares. To make in informed decision in always difficult. You always need a lot of data to make your choices in life. Unfortunately sometimes when you have too much data it makes the choice harder and not easier. Picking the best real estate agent is no different. It seems like at least once a week there is someone on a local Facebook page asking for recommendations for a local Realtor. There are literally hundreds of people that post the “best real estate agent” in the world. This adds to the frustration of selecting a listings agent or a buyer agent to work with in your real estate transaction. There are a few things to consider when doing research on your own. Take other peoples advice but also do due diligence so you can make an informed choice.
It's Important to Choose a Real Estate Agent You Like and Can Work With
One of the most important things when choosing your Realtor is the ability to not only respect your agent because they will be advising you on things you may disagree with but you will need to face a harsh reality that you need to at least consider their advise. When you are interviewing buyer or listing agents you need to know you will be spending a great amount of time with them. You will be spending a lot of your Saturdays and Sundays looking at homes or talking to them all the time to get feedback from them about potential buyers waling through your home. I am a firm believer in choosing an agent who works for you and with you. Don’t choose an agent based solely on experience. Although it’s good to have, it’s not everything. You will be spending a lot of time with that agent and you need to mesh. Choose someone friendly and real. Choose for you, not for the house. Choose someone good at talking and negotiating
A Realtor Must Be High Tech In This Day and Age
I have written constant blog posts about the fact that a real estate agent working with buyers or listings must be high tech. They must know how to market your listing in the digital age and have buyer resources that are up to date so a buyer won’t miss their dream home. I have personally seen hundreds of agents that are just out of touch the importance of technology in the real estate world. I had an employing broker that to this day believes a website is simply to be used as brochure or business card and nothing more. This is one of the main reasons I left that brokerage firm and opened my own. I have been designing websites and doing digital marketing for 17 years. I owned a marketing company in Southwest Florida that specialized in digital and print marketing and web design for real estate agents an real estate companies in Southwest Florida. I use that expertise to market my listings and to give buyers the ability to have the most advanced MLS search and up to the minute property alerts so we can preview a home the day it hits the market. All 5 of my real estate websites I maintain are high traffic and show up on the first page for most important key words for home buyers to find my featured listings before they find any other homes online. Since 90% of home buyers find their new home online it seems this is a better option to sell your home than print marketing or an open house.