Choosing a REALTOR
This is one of the most important decisions you will make regarding the transaction of your home. Interview several and ask a lot of questions.
Most real estate agents stay in business because satisfied clients refer them to friends, family, neighbors and coworkers. Ask the people around you who they have used and ask them to describe their experiences with the real estate agent. Successful agents make customer satisfaction their number one priority and put their customers' needs before their own. Try to find an agent who goes above and beyond his or her responsibilities. hopefully I'll be the agent whose praises your friends sing loudest.
Search Online for Agent Listings
There are plenty of Web sites that will refer agents to you but doesn't assure you a quality agent. The agents they refer are those who have paid the Web site owners for the referral. Try Googleing the "top real estate companies" in your neighbourhood. Check out the agents' web sites in your area. you can tell a lot about the quality of an agent through their marketing and web site content. Look for customer testimonials.
Attend Open Houses
By going to open houses, you can meet real estate agents in a non-threatening working environment and interact with them. Collect business cards and make notes on them. If you're thinking about selling your home, pay attention to how the agent is showing the home. Are they polite and informative; appear knowledgeable? Do they hand out professional-looking promotional material about the home? At they trying to sell features of the home? Or are the sitting in a corner reading a book, ignoring you?
Neighborhood For Sale Signs
Pay attention to the listing signs in your neighborhood. Make note of the day they go up and when the sold sign appears. The agent who sells listings the fastest might be better for you than the agent with the largest number of "for sale" signs. Results speak volumes! Listing with me will guarantee you the best best service and quality results in our current markets.
Recommendations from Professionals
Ask other real estate agents for referrals. Agents are happy to refer buyers and sellers to associates, especially if the service you need is not a specialty of the agent who is referring you. Some agents specialize in residential resales while others work exclusively with new home builders. Other agents sell only commercial or investment property. Mortgage brokers are also a resource for agent referrals as many brokers have first-hand knowledge of exceptional agents. Pros tend to refer pros.
Have you received valuable information about your area on a consistent basis? Agents who market to a particular area usually know that area quite well. Consider calling them for an interview. Almost every Agent will offer you a complementary home valuation.