The fit between Realtor and client should be as seamless as Shaq and Kobe, peanut butter and jelly, BBQ and brews. It’s a relationship that can make or break the home sale or purchase process. A good Realtor can be the difference between an easy transaction and a nightmare. When you think about a home sale, this is likely one of the biggest transactions of your life, so it’s understandable that you do your due diligence when choosing who to work with. So, for your helpful pleasure here is a list of the top 5 tips to help you choose a real estate agent that fits.
Chemistry is key in any relationship and it is no different with real estate. The most important factor in choosing a real estate agent is based on chemistry and gut feelings. You have to ask yourself ‘Can I trust this person?’. It is important that you have a good rapport with your agent because honesty is key between you both. You don’t want to work with someone who you cannot be honest with.
Find an agent that will go to bat for you. You want an agent who isn’t afraid to get dirty and fight for your best interests. As a client you want someone who is searching FSBO’s in addition to every new listing on the MLS to find you the perfect property. If you are selling, you want to chat about how much this agent will do to market your property. In hot markets, it’s easy to sit back and watch properties sell but setting the groundwork for a flawless transaction is paramount to the transaction's success.
Find an agent who is compassionate and understanding to your specific situation. Buying or selling a home is a HUGE decision and is often happening because of a life change. New jobs, expecting a child, divorce- whatever the situation may be, it is important that your agent can walk you through the process with a level head and a compassionate and patient demeanor.
Make sure to do your homework when it comes to choosing an agent. Read reviews online and talk to past clients. As a client you want to choose a real estate agent that fits your needs and has a positive track record. You don’t want someone who doesn’t return phone calls and is terrible at communicating. An agent should create peace of mind through this entire transaction.
When choosing an agent, it is important to choose the person, not their experience. You want an agent who will work with and for you, regardless of their experience. Experience isn’t everything and while it is something you want to discuss, don’t be afraid to go with your gut even if it directs you towards a less experienced agent. Sometimes that agent with less transactions under their belt, is a shark in training.
While there isn’t an exact formula for choosing the right agent, the best judge of character is you. As a client you know the personality type that works best with yours and you will inevitably make the right choice for yourself. We all know that your hairdresser’s cousin Karen sells real estate but don’t be afraid to shop around before you commit.