Choosing the best real estate agent requires you to keenly balance between credentials and chemistry. You definitely want to hire someone you are going to enjoy spending the next few months working with. On the same note, you also need an agent who is able to safeguard your financial interests.
You don’t want to make the common mistake of calling the first agent whose lawn sign you come across. The first step I’d rather you take is to ask friends and family members for any references and of course countercheck their qualities. You might want to interview at least three agents in a bid to find the one with a combination of experience, skill and personality that would be a jigsaw fit for your needs.
In this real estate game, to win in it you definitely need someone who will be willing to play in the areas you are also looking to sell/buy.
In this article I will show you some tactics to employ in finding that super agent.
1. Professional experience and relevance in your market:
Many agents usually focus on a given neighborhood or region. Finding an agent who knows the suburb will make such a huge difference. Their advantage in such a situation is that they know what exactly buyers in your area often look for. Things like, schools, local businesses, or local amenities are always contributing factors to buyers.
Another thing you should look at is the number of listings that the real estate agent has. If they happen to be far too few, then this may imply that that they don’t have a lot of experience or acclaim. On the other hand, if you manage to pull the right questions through, then you could realize that in as much as the agent could be new to the industry, he/she is eager to become more established.
2. A solid marketing strategy
It is of equal importance to find out more about the agent’s marketing strategy on your home. There are quite a number of methods which can be used to advertise property today. These include; open house inspections, direct mail advertising, internet marketing, newspapers adverts, magazines etc. You don’t want an agent who will only limit your buyer pool with a single outdated approach. You can ask your agent for a written Marketing Plan to gauge his marketing strategy.
Feel free to ask exactly how and when each of his strategy will be implemented in selling your home.
3. Analyze his negotiation skills
There are plenty of complexities involved in selling a property- most of these can so difficult and time consuming to navigate on your own. Having a skilled negotiator to represent your interests would be a heads up.
Carefully scrutinize if the real estate agent plans to handle all calls from both you and any potential buyers effectively.
4. Agent Fees, Commissions, and Contracts:
When it comes to enquiring about fees and contracts, it is best not to stall your agent. Such delicate details must be carefully discussed beforehand with a potential agent. An agent who suggests very low fees does not necessarily guarantee the best deal. A good agent should be willing to be flexible with their commission and fees to meet your budget.…