It’s no secret that buying a house is a huge decision. Selling your house also comes with a slew of things you will have to navigate. Therefore, it’s critical when choosing a real estate agent to find someone who is a great fit for you. A good realtor is someone who both knows the market and tailors your experience to you as an individual. Here are some top tips for finding a good fit.
First, the Basics
How long have they been in the real estate game? How many clients do they have and how is this ratio split between buyers and sellers? The reason these are good things to know is because it can help you determine how much experience a realtor has and if it’s even split between buying/selling. Some realtors have significantly more expertise in one area than the other. Also, knowing how many clients a realtor has can help you determine if they will have enough time on their hands to take you on without compromising their commitment to you.
Ask for References
Just like you would if you were hiring someone for a position in your company, it’s a good idea to ask for references from satisfied clients when choosing a real estate agent. This can give you a better feel for how they operate and how past clients view them.
Look for Adaptability
Especially in today’s market, it’s a good idea to look for a realtor who is adaptable to different demographics and markets. Even though there has been a rise in millennial homebuying, baby boomers are still active in the market. It’s great to find a real estate agent who can adapt their style to accommodate each group and help you navigate different types of prospective homebuyers.
Avoid Family Friends/Relatives
It’s probably a good idea not to mix business with your personal life. Therefore, stay away from Aunt Helen who does real estate part-time on the side. This may be an awkward conversation at first and their feelings could be a little injured, but they will get over it. It’ll save you from potential resentment and uncomfortable decisions down the line and help keep your current personal relationship intact.
Choose a Realtor Who Specializes in Your Area of Interest
Make sure you try to find someone who really knows the specific market you’ll be dealing with—someone who really knows the area and neighborhood and has a proven track record of success.
Note their Communication Style
When choosing a real estate agent, pay attention not only to how they present themselves in person, but also how they typically communicate with clients. If you need someone who will be active and responsive, take note of their online presence and initial response to your inquiry. Shop around; meet multiple realtors before picking someone. Just like if you were dating, try to find someone with whom you have chemistry.
Choosing a real estate agent is a big decision! Make sure you advocate for yourself and be clear about your hopes and expectations from the get-go.
Put Expertise of Sarah Bernard Real Estate Team to Work for You
With all these tips in mind, reach out to Sarah Bernard Realty today to schedule a consult and see if we’re a good fit for you!
We have an entire team that lives to make your home selling transactions less complicated, relaxed, and efficient. Our full-time Realtors and support team truly care about our clients and operate with the utmost integrity, up-to-the-minute communication with everyone involved, and a responsiveness that exceeds expectations.