Today’s Guest Blogging topic is: How to hire the best Realtor for your needs
With: Jessica Wallace, REALTOR @ COLDWELL BANKER
Working with the right Realtor makes a huge difference in your success in home buying or home selling. The ‘right’ Realtor will be different for each person as well depending on personalities and goals. Here is a list you can use for a general rule of thumb when looking for a Realtor to help you buy or sell a home.
TOP 5 THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN A REALTOR:
#1 LOCAL EXPERTISE
This is a big one, you want your agent to be extremely knowledgeable in the areas you are looking to buy or sell a home. Having deep local knowledge of the nuances in pricing in an area, familiarity with other local agents and lenders is huge and working with an agent that really knows their marketplace will help you be successful.
#2 EXPERIENCE = YEARS IN THE BUSINESS + NUMBER OF SALES PER YEAR
With each real estate transaction I have done, I learn something new every time. I have been selling homes since 2004 and the amount of knowledge I have attained is crucial to my client’s success It helps when a tricky or difficult situation comes up in a sale that I can draw on my experience to make things happen and solve problems. Make sure to look up an agents average number of sales per year. You don’t want to work with a part time agent that is not fully invested and knowledgeable about the real estate business.
“you want your agent to be extremely knowledgeable in the areas you are looking to buy or sell a home”
#3 REVIEWS – REPUTATION
Do your research on the Realtors you are considering and see if they have any reviews online on sites like Zillow, Google, Realtor.com, LinkedIn. Read about other people’s experience with the agent and if they do not have any reviews or very little I would be wary.
Everyone is different and has distinct ways of interacting and even a very experienced Realtor might not be the right one for you if you don’t mesh with their personality. You could be spending a lot of time together and potentially dealing with stressful issues that come up. If your Realtor’s personality rubs you the wrong way, even if they are great at what they do, you may want to consider working with someone that you are more comfortable with on a personal level.
#5 TECHNOLOGICAL SAVVY
You want a Realtor that keeps on top of the newest trends and technology in real estate, especially when you are selling a home. Understanding how to leverage technology and social media to bring the greatest amount of exposure to the home you are selling will potentially get your more money for your home in a shorter amount of time. If your Realtor is not using professional video, photos and a social media strategy to sell your home, they are doing you a disservice.
When it comes to selecting someone to help you through one of the biggest financial transactions of your life, make sure to chose wisely my friends.
More about the Author:
Jessica Wallace is a Realtor in Santa Cruz with Coldwell Banker and has been selling homes since 2004. As a native of Santa Cruz, Jessica uses her local knowledge and years of experience to help her clients be successful and achieve their Real Estate goals while making the process as enjoyable and stress free as possible.
Disclaimer: : The views, data, and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Mason-McDuffie Mortgage Corp.