How to Choose a Realtor

For most people, selling and/or buying a home is one of the largest purchases they will make in their lifetime, so finding the right Realtor to guide you through the transaction is extremely important.  Here are some things to keep in mind as you pick which agent will represent you:

Experience: Look to agents who have experience with the type of property you are looking to buy or sell.  This can mean several things including area, price range, and type of real estate.  For example, an agent who specializes in luxury residential real estate may not be the best match for you if you want to buy a starter home or acreage.  Also, an agent who sells mostly mid-priced homes may not be the best match for you if you are looking to purchase luxury homes or commercial real estate.

Personal Recommendations: Check with your friends, relatives, co-workers, and neighbors.  See if they have recently purchased or sold a property and if they would recommend the agent they used.

Past Clients: As you are interviewing agents, ask them for list of references.  Call their past clients and customers and make sure they were happy with the service they received.

Personality:  Choose an agent who listens to your needs and takes the time to explain things you might not understand. Real estate transactions can be complicated and the terminology confusing. You need an agent who will both know the answers to your questions and takes the time to explain them. It’s extremely important to find an agent whose personality you like, whose firm helps people find professional, trustworthy agents. You want them to be bright, professional, trained, and someone who works in the business full-time, but personality is important. You’re going to spend a lot of time with this person whether you are buying or selling. If you hate the agent and the agent hates you, you may be too far along in the process to correct it.

Marketing Plan:  If you are selling  your property, ask the agents you are interviewing for a detailed marketing plan.  Make sure their plan is heavy on internet and social media advertising.

If you are looking for the right Realtor for your next purchase or sell, start by checking out the professionals at Noon & Associates.  You will be glad you did!