Finding the Right REALTOR®
Whether you’re buying or selling a home, here are some tips that will help you find the perfect real estate agent:
- Meet with several real estate agents before choosing one
- Your agent should be an expert on the local real estate market
- Make sure your real estate agent can work around your schedule
- Pick an agent who picks up the phone
- Pick a REALTOR® who is tech-savvy
- Your agent should have a solid plan
- Make sure you and your agent have a connection
- Consider a REALTOR® that works with a team
1. Meet with several real estate agents before choosing one
Meeting and interviewing a few potential realtors gives you the opportunity to ask questions, learn about their experience and working style, and determine their areas of expertise and level of professionalism.
You want to work with someone who’s going to show up on time, has a great history of making deals happen in your market, and who will clearly address all of your questions and concerns.
2. Your agent should be an expert on the local real estate market
Your real estate agent should be able to answer your questions about the local market with confidence.
What are the different neighbourhoods in the area like? Are there good schools and parks around? What recreational activities are close by? How much are the homes listing and selling for on average? What
You want to make sure your agent is an expert on the neighbourhoods in which you’re most interested.
Take their answers, do a bit of your own research, and compare. An expert should be able to recommend the best price to buy or sell within your local market, which will ultimately help you make the best decisions.
3. Make sure your real estate agent can work around your schedule
Does your agent work full- or part-time? Of course, not all agents work the same hours, but this will give you insight into their level of experience and involvement within the market.
Full-time agents will also have more time to work with you, and will likely be more willing to work around the hours that best suit your busy life. If they can’t provide you the time and flexibility you need, it’s probably worth finding another agent.
4. Pick an agent who picks up the phone
Your agent must answer their calls or text messages, and of course reply to emails.
Whichever your preference, timeliness is important in the real estate game. You want your agent to communicate with you regularly and give you the information you need when you need it.
Your agent’s communication skills are also important because they’ll be coordinating with a number of other professionals during the process, from attorneys to home inspectors and mortgage consultants.
5. Pick a REALTOR® who’s tech-savvy
There are loads of great ways your agent can use technology, and strong agents will take advantage of this to be more productive and to get the best results for you.
Check out your agent’s current listings on MLS. How attractive is the presentation? Most buyers start their search online, so this is very important.
Is your agent active on social media, and do they use it to market themselves and their clients’ properties? Does your agent offer you multiple ways to get in touch with them in a pinch? Do they use programs that allow for electronic signature of documents?
Buyers and sellers can often have conflicting schedules, so this can really streamline the process.
Not only will these tools and systems create efficiencies, but also they show that your agent is current and engaged with the industry.
6. Your agent should have a solid plan
Whether you’re buying or selling, your agent should have a strategy, and they should be able to communicate what makes theirs different from other agents in the area. You may also want to ask who they see as their top competitors.
You’ll be able to evaluate how they answer this question — be it positively or negatively — and you’ll also learn a few more options for comparison.
7. Make sure you and your agent have a connection
You’re going to have to spend some time working with your agent, so make sure the relationship feels right. A good agent will want to build a strong connection with you as well.
Does your agent listen and do they understand your budget requirements and what’s most important to you?
While experience and skills are valuable, your agent needs to understand your expectations, so find one who does.
8. Consider a REALTOR® that works with a team
Working together for the common goal of getting the client from showing to closing, a real estate team provides a vast array of services rapidly and with great attention to detail.
With a team, there is more coverage because more people are working together for a common goal: the client. In the circumstance of our business, both of us “cross-cover” each other. This means both of us are always cc’d on emails and can stand in for the other should the need arise. Having a team on your side also means members of the team can be in multiple places at one time allowing buyers and sellers ready access to someone on the team at virtually all times.
With a team, clients can utilize separate “banks” of experience and expertise, which allows for not only different opinions but different character traits different perspectives (on our team one of us is very analytical the other more personal,) and of course, different personalities.
Multiple Realtors for the Price of One
Remember when we said more people are working for the client? Good news: you still only pay for one Realtor. Even better? When you buy a home you don’t pay any of the team members- the seller does!