Working with a Realtor© is the smartest first step when buying or selling your home. A well selected professional will not only advocate for your best interests during a real estate transaction, he or she will be your guide through every step and work to get you top dollar for your home or a more than fair price when purchasing your next home, or both! Here is a list of the top five things to look for when you are interviewing Realtors©
- Make sure you are working with a real estate agent who has earned the Realtor© designation. Yes! There is a difference between a real estate agent and a Realtor©. Agents who have earned their Realtor© designation have taken extra steps to educate themselves about ethical practices and are held to a higher standard than agents without this distinction. It’s worth the time to find a designated Realtor©!
- CMA should not cost you anything! If they charge you for a Comparative Market Analysis of your home, politely turn them down. This service is the first step in any real estate process and while it does take time, a good agent will be willing to offer you this service free of charge during your initial interview. Remember, agents are trying to earn your business. This step is a great way to learn how they view your home and what sort of pricing strategy will work best for your home.
- Ask for references from past clients and customers! There is no better way to find a great Realtor© than word of mouth. If the agent can’t produce any positive reviews from clients willing to talk to you, chances are they haven’t established their reputation with enough experience. Look for an agent with a track record of happy customers.
- Keep your eye out for agents with special designations. Certified Residential Specialists and Graduate Realty Institute are just two that signify your agent is dedicated to his work and determined to be the best.
- If they tell you everything you want to hear, get a second opinion. Every real estate transaction comes with a few bumps in the road or unexpected twists. You want to work with someone who is honest, upfront and realistic. If you have concerns, talk about them in your initial interview and make sure you can reach a sensible solution moving forward. A good agent won’t brush off challenges but, will work with you to find the best next step.