Every city will have hundreds of real estate agents to choose from, especially in the market we are in right now. Alot of people just assume all real estate professionals are out to get them and take all of their money. Just like with any vocation, there are good agents and there are bad agents. It is up to you to do your homework, interview a few agents and make an educated decision on who will give you the best service.
Below are five things a real estate agent should possess, whether you are going to buy, sell or invest in real estate.
When a real estate agent signs up for the job, they must abide by the National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics. While it can be hard to tell if your real estate agent is honest, there is one thing you can do to see how honest they truly are: ask for past referrals.
If their past clients allow it, ask for at least three to five phone numbers and/or email addresses to see if you can talk to these clients to see what they thought about the process and agent. When choosing any professional, referrals are key, so if you’re hearing great things from contacting these past clients, then this can be a great sign.
Another option is to check their online reputations via google, zillow, yelp, etc.
We all know that first impressions are everything. When you meet your agent for the first time, pay close attention to the way they present themselves. Are they dressed professionally, or are we looking ripped up jeans and a t-shirt from 1992? Remember, this agent will be representing you and other people as well.
3. GOOD COMMUNICATION
Pay close attention to how fast your potential agent answers emails or phone calls. If it’s taking more than 24 hours to receive a call back, do you really want to have this sort of communication while you have questions that need answers fast?
Think about it for a second: If your agent wasn’t responding fast enough, you could miss out on your dream home because the seller had a bid deadline. Now, your agent doesn’t need to answer within 10 minutes, but frankly, a great real estate agent should answer by the end of the business day.
Secondly, is this the agent’s full time job that they devote their full attention to, or is this something that they do on the side to make extra money? Do they have a team to back them up to provide outstanding service and communication? Good communication is key.
When preparing to buy or even sell a home, a real estate agent should be able to offer you all the statistics they found out about your home. This should include a Comparative Market Analysis, a process where the agent will tour your home, look at homes similar to yours and suggests a price. If your agent doesn’t even bother to do this, it more than likely shows your agent isn’t willing to put in much effort to get you the best price possible.
No matter where you live, there are going to be other homes for sale. So the question is: What is your real estate agent going to do to make sure your home sticks out? Selling a house today is more than plopping a sign in the front yard and telling a few neighbors. Talk with your agent to see what they can do for you to attract more eyeballs. This could include using a drone to take overhead pictures, writing great descriptions or even how they write their advertisements. It’s up to you if you think it’s creative or not.
These are five of the many things you should expect from any agent. If you feel the agent you’re interviewing doesn’t hold these traits, then you may want to play it safe and move on to the next agent.