ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Choosing A Great Real Estate Agent-How To Find: Advice For Buyers and Sellers

Updated on November 25, 2011

Buy or Sell Your House Today!

Find the Right Person for Your Very Important Purchase or Sale

So how do you find a great real estate agent? How do choose that person who will work with you (and your significant other) to buy or sell your home? There are a number of tips that I will share that are based on our last experience selecting a real estate agent.

How can I find a real estate agent:

  • I like to get referrals from friends or relatives. If you know someone who has recently purchased a home or condo, or sold some property ask them if they were satisified with their agent. If they were, arrange to meet this person and ask some questions.
  • You can easily find a real estate agent online (or if you still are hanging on to the 20th century, in a phonebook), but ultimately you want to meet someone and perhaps even go to a couple showings before you sign exclusive rights to them.
  • Call on the telephone or stop into a real estate office. The only problem with this is that great agents might not be the ones hanging around the office trying to catch walk-ins. They might be the ones always on their way to another successful showing.

What to look for in a real estate agent (for buyers and sellers):

  1. They must know your area -- city, town, region. It seems obvious, but if your dream house is downwind from the dump, maybe it's not worth looking at. If they don't know your town all that well, and they are an amazing agent, they should be eagerly exploring that area, and must stay ahead of you with research. I prefer to find someone who knows the area like a local!
  2. They must continually provide you with new ideas in your price range. If your agent wants you to find all of the houses online yourself or with Sunday drive-bys, and then they will arrange the showings: They are L-A-Z-Y! Find someone else...
  3. They need to not try to encourage offers. Great agents know that once you are happy in your search, (or with an offer) they will make a sale. If they look at each showing as clock time, bad agents will make you feel that you have looked at so many houses that you owe it to them to offer to buy something soon... Warning flag! What you want is an agent who understands that some people see five houses or condos, and make an offer to buy one of them; others see 100 houses or more before they submit an offer. The agent will make a living as all his clients needs average out. Some deals are quick, some aren't-- please don't pressure us!
  4. Real Estate Agent Honesty. Obviously, this is huge, but if they think a house is awful (i.e.,"really sucks') they should have the integrity to tell you! Our agent when asked directly his opinion about house we thought we wanted said: "remember you have to live in this piece of $%#$%$". I respected him so much for that honesty! He could have just pushed for the sale to go through and take his commission...
  5. Communication: I think you need a great communicator who is also a good person, has a decent personality, and sense of humor. Remember you will see a lot of this person during your search (or home sale) - it could take months. You will call them often and you want to know that spending time looking for a house with them is not a chore, but fun for you (and your significant other!) If you're selling they must understand your needs, your range of price, and your schedule. They must respond in a reasonable amount of time to calls, emails, texts or whatever mode of communication that you're using.
  6. Make sure you have an agent that listens to both of you! An agent that YOU like, that ignores your wife/husband/girlfriend/boyfriend is sure to get dropped soon! It's rude and it's a bad idea... It's too big of a purchase to play games.
  7. You need someone who is not afraid to give you new ideas. Where to look, how to sell, where to find a home inspector, real estate attorney... How to increase the value, how to negotiate better. (Ideas and referrals can be useful as long as they are not pushy!) It is still probably best to use outside referrals (back to your friends and relatives) for most of these, but a helpful agent is a very good sign.

Hope that helps!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • CapstoneTrends profile imageAUTHOR

      CapstoneTrends 

      6 years ago from Outside Boston, Massachusetts, USA

      Thanks tsmog!

    • tsmog profile image

      Tim Mitchell 

      6 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Great article. I remember my buying experience for my mobile home. I tossed the first agent, mainly because they were restricted from showing anything that they didn't list.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)