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How To Chose The Best Real Estate Agent

Updated on October 13, 2011

There are so many choices!

Whether you are a buyer or a seller, there are many real estate agents to chose from no matter what city you live in. Making the decision on who to work with can be a tough one as the right agent could potentially either make or break a sale. Here are some ways to begin searching for an agent:

  • Getting a recommendation from a family member or friend
  • Local advertisements in newspapers or magazines
  • Driving around town and seeing what agencies other people are using to sell their home
  • Calling an agency or broker and asking them who their best agent is

What do I do once I narrow it down?

Once your have a few agent's name in hand, you will need to start interviewing them as if they were being hired for a job (which they are if you really think about i!). You are going to be paying that agent a commission either on the purchase or selling of your home, so they need to perform their job to the best of their ability and represent you and your needs during this process. Here are some questions you should ask your agent:

  • Do you work full-time as an agent?
  • How long have you been in the real estate business?
  • How many listings have you had over the last year?
  • How many listings have you sold over the last year?
  • Have you ever had any complaints from any clients?
  • Can you provide references from both buyers and sellers?
  • What can you offer to me that another agent won't or can't?
  • (If you are selling a home) What kind of advertising will be done to promote my home?


In the end...

Ultimately, you will want an agent that also listens to your needs, accommodates to your schedule, and one that can provide additional services (such as setting up inspections, works with attorneys, and can refer you to lenders).

A good agent will be enthusiastic about helping you buy or sell your home. They will also have high standards of honesty, integrity, professionalism, and respect for not only their clients but also their co-workers and teammates who they depend on in the office.


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      thisspice 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Carcro, thanks! The pictures are of current homes for sale in the Asheville, NC area. The first has an unbelievable view of the Biltmore Estate from the back balcony. It really can be difficult in trying to find the right agent as last year I spent a good amount of time with one while my boyfriend and I sold our townhome and purchased another. The person we finally chose was someone who was willing to put up with my boyfriend's craziness, willing to give her opinion but also listen to ours and not be pushy, and overall very pleasant and on top of everything. She sold our home in less than 2 months and we couldn't have been happier.

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      Paul Cronin 6 years ago from Winnipeg

      It can be hard to find the sales agent that's right for you, I would make sure my home is in perfect salable condition first, then it would be easier to sell. That being said, you want a sales agent that doesn't rub you the wrong way. If you have any doubts, its best to not sign and try someone else, especially if your selling. I love those pics...