Buying or selling a home can be one of the most exciting experiences for anyone. It can also be one of the most overwhelming and intimidating moments. With the proliferation of information online about real estate, there is no shortage of data out there for a consumer to read. Finding the right advice can sometimes feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. To avoid a stressful situation, you want to find an agent who knows all the ins and outs involved to guide you through this process. Below are a couple of things you want to look for in the right agent to work with.
Communication is key. There are a lot of aspects involved in buying or selling a home including timing, pricing, location, and more. The process can be made a lot easier to navigate with an agent who keeps you up to the date every step of the way and is willing to answer any questions you may have. In addition to frequency and quick response, a particular area of discussion with your agent should be how you prefer to be communicated with. Whether it’s call, email, text, video call, or in person, you want to be sure that your agent can communicate with you in a style that allows for ease and efficiency.
Experience is something that is important in any career, but this doesn’t necessarily mean quantity over quality. While it is helpful to ask an agent how long they’ve been selling, you should dig deeper and look at someone who has a proven record of helping sellers and buyers with their transactions. For specialty areas or properties, experience is key! For example: if you’re looking for an agent to sell your luxury property, listing with a luxury specialist, would be a great benefit to you. Commercial, investment, vacation, luxury, rural, condo – each of these properties comes with its own areas of focus and a great deal of experience for an agent.
Even if an agent has been selling for 20 years, it may be in your best interest to work with an agent who has less years under their belt, but more experience selling the types of property you wish to work with.
Local Market Knowledge
Location, location, location! While general real estate knowledge is obviously a big plus, another vital factor is their expertise concerning your local area. There are a lot of little details that go into finding the right place for you, you want an agent who can tell you about local ordinances, school districts, and homeowner’s associations. Agents that are proficient in local area knowledge don’t just have the data about a community but can also interpret the data for you and help you understand how the market will evolve during your days on market.
With a fast-moving market and offers being accepted on the same day a home is listed, there really isn’t one moment to spare. The process of buying and selling a home, does not always align with standard business hours. You want to aim for an agent that is quick and concise in their communications, not only with their clients, but also with other agents, title companies, lenders, and inspectors. Each real estate transaction comes with a number of moving parts. An agent who has all their ducks in a row and the ability to give you the attention your transaction requires is a must!
Now that you know what a good agent looks like, the question becomes how do you find them? In the digital age, it’s very easy to look up a realtor from what areas they sell within to their specialties, and experience. As you can see though, a lot more goes into finding the “right” Realtor than just looking at their testimonials.
Thankfully, Coldwell Banker Heritage has many experienced and well-trained realtors. Contact us today. We’d love to help you find the agent that is perfect for you!