Choosing the Right Real Estate Agent
Whether you’re buying or selling your home, doing your homework on real estate agents is crucial to get the best price. Typically, the most successful agents know your area well. You’ll often see the same two or three agents selling homes in the same neighborhood.
The relationship you have with your agent can make or break your experience. An ideal agent has a forthcoming and professional attitude, listens to you and works in an ethical manner. It is important to disclose your shopping tendencies and establish good communication from the start. Explain your home-buying criteria and give detailed examples of what you are looking for. This will help set expectations and avoid confusion later in the process. Providing lists and guidelines for your agent up front will allow you to realize whether or not you will be able to work with him or her.
One way to find agents is by attending open houses. This will show you their true house-selling techniques and will allow you to make decisions based on their performance. If you’re looking for an agent to help sell your home, observe their practices at the open house and ask yourself the appropriate questions regarding their personality, knowledge and helpfulness. A successful agent has extensive market knowledge, strong work ethic, provides progress updates and efficient communication skills. You will want to insure the agent supplies a comprehensive and outlined marketing plan of the listing to their clients.
If attending open houses doesn’t fit into your schedule, or if you don’t know where to find the right agent, contact the Guaranteed Rate Retail Divisiontoday. Our Retail Division works directly with the top real estate agents within the community and can put you in contact with one of our realtor partners. The agents we partner with are professional, knowledgeable and experienced. The program provides them proprietary tools and is available nationwide.