Picking the Right Real Estate Agent
Posted: February 19, 2019 by Alan Tucker
Whenever you decided to buy or sell a home, you’ll have to go about the process of contacting and working with a real estate agent. However, some agents may be more suited to fit your needs than others! It’s not always easy to tell which agent is right for you, but there are a few ways that you can go about deciding if you want to work with an agent or not! First of all, you should an agent more based upon who they are, and less upon the experience that they have! Second, you should look for an agent that is both passionate and honest in their work! Lastly, you should seek out reviews and comments from some of the agent’s previous clients!
Pick the Person Instead of the Experience
When deciding on which agent you want to work with, it’s important to note that you’ll be spending a lot of time with that person and thus you should pick someone that you get along with! Experience is valuable in any agent, but if your decision comes down to an agent that is incredibly experienced that you don’t mesh with, and an agent that has less experience but works really well with you, then always pick the second agent! The last thing you want to happen is to turn the home buying or selling process into a hassle because you and your agent don’t get along! As such, take some time to sit down with each agent and get an idea of who they are as a person—not just who they are as an agent! You’ll be glad you did when you find that working with them just seems to click!
Passion is Important
This is probably something you’ve heard countless times before: people who are passionate about their work tend to deliver a better finished product. The reason you’ve heard this so often is because it’s true, and real estate agents are no exception! When deciding upon which agent you want to use, take note of a few things: Does the agent genuinely sound excited to work with you? Do they recount past client experiences with fondness? Do they strive to go the extra mile for their clients, even when they may not have to? If the answer to these questions is yes, then you’ve found the right agent! Many agents are passionate about their work, and they truly want to find the right home for you and/or find the right buyer for your home! Don’t settle for an agent that treats your home buying or selling needs like just another day at the job!
Listen to what Past Clients have to Say
Any agent that you want to work with will have positive experiences with past clients, and thus you should read agent reviews or reach out to past clients if possible! This is not to say that every transaction that the agent has been a part of has been successful. So, don’t be afraid to look into what went wrong in said situation and determine if the agent has learned from/improved upon the mistakes that were made! Agents understand that the word of past clients carries immense weight, so an agent that is talented will be more than happy to provide you with past reviews from previous clients! If you find that the agent is hesitant to connect you with previous clients or that their reviews from clients are consistently negative, then you’ll want to keep searching for another agent!