How to Choose a Good Real Estate Agent?

How to Choose a Good Real Estate Agent
  • Author: Fazal Umer
  • Posted On: March 17, 2023
  • Updated On: July 11, 2023

There are countless real estate agents in different places as real estate becomes a more and more popular career option. Whether you’re buying or selling a home, it’s critical to comprehend what makes a great real estate agent and how to pick one who will best represent your interests. These are some factors to consider when selecting the ideal real estate agent. 

Consider Experience 

You require someone quite familiar with the area in which you reside.  For instance, having a real estate agent in Tampa who is familiar with both the neighbourhood and the specifics of the home you’re selling can make all the difference in the world.

While looking for a real estate agent, it’s essential to choose one who specialises in your niche, whether that’s helping first-time sellers or condo listings. For most of you, purchasing or selling a home represents your single most significant financial transaction.

You should begin your search for an agent by seeking suggestions from trusted friends and family. They won’t intentionally steer you wrong, so you may expect them to give you their candid feedback.

An expert real estate agent should be able to discuss neighbourhood and local market sales patterns with authority. They should ideally have sold houses there in the past. Generally speaking, it’s ideal to choose a full-time agent since they will have completed more deals than a part-timer. 

Interviewing In Person 

Never work with an agency without first meeting them in person. You will be reliant on the broker throughout the selling of your home, so you need to have a lot of faith in them.

How many homes have they sold in the past year? Ask them about their experience and credentials. Get a list of recent clients along with their contact details as well. When you chat with them, inquire about the asking price and sale price of a client’s previous home.

Be upfront about your expectations with a potential agent. Let them know it’s necessary if you want someone constantly ready to chat with you, even after regular work hours. 

Abilities in Marketing 

Consider a few factors while assessing a real estate agent’s marketing abilities. The first factor is placement: Are the audiences exposed to the adverts relevant? Frequency comes in second. Maybe this won’t work for you if the real estate agent only runs one ad per year.

The final consideration is whether the advertising is corporate and promotes residences or real estate agents. Marketing may not be as valuable a strategy for a seller in a seller’s market where properties sell in a matter of days. It may be of the utmost relevance in other markets. Exposure might be the key to locating that buyer in cases where it just takes one. 

Check for Diversity 

The usage of open houses by the real estate agent is another thing to consider. A well-planned open house may effectively introduce a listing to the market and guide prospective buyers or selling agents through a home.

They shouldn’t be employed excessively, though, as they shouldn’t be considered a general approach. Agents that wish to hold open houses on your property every weekend or who promise incentives in exchange for guests should be avoided.

These can be brokers trying to use your listing to attract possible purchasers for other sales. I constantly tell my sellers that a serious buyer will schedule an appointment if they are interested in your property. One more note on marketing: Don’t get carried away with comparing digital and print marketing.

Many agents will claim that they solely promote online. They might even mention how millennials are working on their internet presence and maintain that print media is gone.

What, though, is the market? Print marketing may be successful if they target older luxury consumers or place expensive advertisements in long-lasting coffee table magazines with a large circulation. 

Hand Holding 

You do not need a real estate agent who will hold your hand during the entire procedure. Yep, you did read that correctly. It’s a widespread assumption that an agent who contacts you frequently to check in and provide updates is doing a fantastic job.

It’s more likely than not that the real estate agent has more free time than you’d like. Your real estate agent should stay in touch but also be constantly out and about with clients attending showings and closing deals. An active real estate agent has a network that can help sell your house.

If you’re a buyer, a proactive real estate agent may assist you in succeeding in a seller’s market where homes can sell rapidly. In this market, a slow-responding real estate agent can hurt your chances of successfully purchasing a home. 

Consider Confidence 

Of course, whether or not you trust someone is the primary determinant of whether you’ll get along with them. This applies to all hired professionals but is crucial when working with a real estate agent. You want to ensure that your trust in your real estate agent is founded on personality and prior performance.

When listing your property, deal with a real estate agent with a solid track record of success in your area or with your type of property. Possibly, one agent in your city sells the most expensive houses, and your home is luxurious. Your house may be riverfront, and an agent controls the waterfront market.

The ability to promote and sell such properties is demonstrated by an agent’s track record of successful sales in the appropriate market. 

Consider the Agenda 

While a thorough marketing plan is excellent, it’s crucial to have an agent’s insight into the home’s preparations before putting it on the market.

Experienced and moral brokers will offer precise advice and justification for them, even if it means losing the listing. If you sell your property for top dollar, the investment will be well worth it, even though it may be difficult to consider spending money on repairs or little renovations. Particularly for potential purchasers, first impressions are essential. 

Selling a property can be emotionally taxing and occasionally stressful for many people. Many important decisions must be made throughout the lengthy, complicated procedure.

It would be best if you had a real estate agent at your side before, during, and after the sale of your house. It must be someone you firmly believe in, who will tenaciously negotiate, represent you, and always act with your best interests in mind.

Infographic on 10 steps to choosing a real estate agent when selling your home
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Author: Fazal Umer

Fazal is a dedicated industry expert in the field of civil engineering. As an Editor at ConstructionHow, he leverages his experience as a civil engineer to enrich the readers looking to learn a thing or two in detail in the respective field. Over the years he has provided written verdicts to publications and exhibited a deep-seated value in providing informative pieces on infrastructure, construction, and design.