Buying and selling real estate can be a captivating process but also daunting at the same time. For this reason, you should treat choosing your real estate agent like you would treat buying a new pair of shoes. They need to be a good fit, and you need to trust that they’ll be with you in the long run.
Here are four things to consider when hiring your real estate agent:
1. Pick the Person
You will be spending a lot of time with your agent, especially if you’re a homebuyer. Your real estate agent should work for you and with you. Does this person have your best interests in mind? Are they willing to stick it out with you through thick and thin? Do they have an upbeat personality and a healthy mindset to help get you through the highs and lows of a transaction? These are all questions you should keep in mind when interviewing agents.
2. Pursue Passion
Buying and selling real estate is no small matter. Your agent should eat, sleep, and breathe real estate. You should be able to tell upon first meeting if this person is the right fit for you. If they bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the table, and it feels genuine, it probably is. Go with your gut, and you’ll be just fine.
3. Look for Referrals
You likely have a friend, coworker, or relative who recently used a real estate agent. If they had a positive experience, they’d happily share that experience with you. If you get a positive referral from a friend, family, or coworker that you know and trust, this agent can serve as a reliable option for you. Remember, good friends, don’t let you work with inadequate agents!
4. Run a Background Check
Okay, you don’t need to file a background check on your agent (unless you want to). However, you might want to check out the agent’s online presence. Most agents have pages to display current listings and past sales. Social media pages, including Facebook and Instagram, might also be useful. There might also be different types of PR online, including accolades, public notoriety, and more. Taking this extra step may provide a little bit of needed clarity in your search.
Picking the right agent shouldn’t be as tricky as choosing the right home. Yet, it’s essential to be selective with so many agents out there when looking for the right match. When you hire your agent, there should be a discussion held regarding expectations for your agent, and your expectations for you. What will be the points of contact and when? Will your agent assist showings? So, on and so forth. Setting these standards will leave no stones unturned when your house hits the market.
Ultimately, finding somebody willing to educate you, guide you, and care about you, through your transaction, will make the process what it should be, an enjoyable experience that results in the purchase or sale of your home.