Finding A Good Real Estate Agent In Your Market
How do I find a good real estate agent? Finding a good Real Estate agent can be tough. How do I go about locating a well performing agent you might be asking?
Many large brokerages will dump big amounts of money into marketing to ensure their agents are noticed. Whether it be online, in the Yellow Pages, or by erecting giant billboards in the most trafficked sections of your city, and you will often wonder who the best option is.
Though, the agents backed by the most promotion dollars aren’t always the best, and may not be a good fit for your circumstances. In today’s article, we’re going to give you some tips for finding a good real estate agent in your city.
Finding The Credible Real Estate Agent- Find Reviews… Real Reviews
Online reviews can often be easily manipulated. It’s important to get honest reviews from any agent that you’re considering, and any reputable agent will be glad to provide you with recent clients.
Actually, reviews(authentic) are one of the best ways to see how any type of professional may perform out in the marketplace.
If you really want to get specific with a certain brokerage or even a particular agent…get on Google and type in something like “[name of agent] reviews” and see what the results are in the search. Google search is designed for the user experience and aimed to give you the best results. If you see a bunch of bad reviews on websites like Yelp and others… see if the agent tried to engage with those negative reviewers online to resolve the situation. Oftentimes, there can be misunderstandings.
Ask the Right Questions Of The Local Agent
The following questions may gauge the agent’s skill, and ability to represent you as a buyer or a seller. You can ask these questions to the agent or better yet ask their past clients:
- Ask the agent how long they’ve been buying and selling homes
- Was there any part of the process of buying or selling a home that clients were pleased or particularly displeased with?
- What was the asking price?
- What was the sales price?
- What properties have you worked with in my location?
- What about similarly sized properties?
It’s important to choose an agent who has experience working with homes similar to yours.
The Real Estate Agent’s Credentials
Check with your state’s real estate regulatory authority to verify the agent’s licensing. While you’re on that website, you’re also often able to look into regulatory actions and complaints against the agent.
If they are working with a brokerage, ask how long they’ve been working with them. If they’ve been employed with other firms, you might want to ask about their time there.
Above all, it comes down to trusting the agent that they can handle the transaction with your house. Regular communication is extremely important when selling your home, as in many cases, a house represents the majority of your net worth. A good agent will be able to answer questions such as:
- How many inquiries have been made about my home?
- How many of these inquiries came from people likely to take action (not just window shoppers)?
- Are there any other properties similar to mine in this neighborhood also for sale? What is the asking price of these homes?
Ask How They Plan On Selling Your House
At times the best way is to go the direct route. In the case of looking for a local real estate agent, ask them what will differentiate themselves from other agents when selling your house. And see what their answer is.
Usually, the best-performing agents have great marketing plans and that will put your house out there on the market in a big way.
Low Priced Isn’t Always The Best
Oftentimes, home sellers look for the lowest priced option.
Heck, closely looking at the numbers… if a real estate agent is earning 3% on a $100,000 sale. That’s $3,000 in fees just to 1 real estate agent (usually both agents representing the buyer and the seller earn commission which can total 6%). It isn’t cheap. We recommend doing heavy due diligence when looking at a cut-rate or flat fee agent… because that usually means that the service you’re getting is also a lower level service. This isn’t always though, as they may offer great help.
Some of the best real estate agents have a superb marketing system and that enables them to sell homes much faster for higher prices. So even if you find someone to sell your house at a 1.5% fee… look long and hard at whether you’ll be saving money long term.
The same goes for selling your house to a local real estate investor like FastFlow Home Buyers LLC. The highest offer could not always be the best option. What are the terms that the buyer is offering you? Can they close on time? Can they even close? Because every month that goes by costs you money (your mortgage, taxes, insurance, utilities, etc.) to hold the property.
Avoiding low-quality real estate agents is crucial when being represented to sell your house. Finding a good real estate isn’t always easy but can make selling your home an extremely smooth experience and will work in your best interest.
So go out there and do your research and find a local real estate agent.
Sometimes, selling a house through an agent isn’t for everyone. Maybe you’re looking for a speedy sale. If that’s the case, we’d be interested in making you an all-cash fair offer on your house.
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About the Author-Cecilio E. Gandara’s career in real estate began thinking of how he could impact others lives positively while improving his own. After many courses and long hours of studying real estate, he concluded that starting a real estate investment firm would be the way. As a professional who’s knowledgeable in various aspects of real estate, he is now fully dedicated to serving you and solving any problems you may be experiencing with your property.