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How to Choose the Right Real Estate Agent

Updated on December 2, 2011

Finding the Right Agent for Your Needs

Finding a good Real Estate Agent is very helpful when you are looking for a home. Whether we are going by our own past experiences, looking around on the Internet, going with recommendations from others, try to find a great Realtor that enjoys what they do and looks at finding a perfect home for you as a great challenge.

All of us can't help but to look back to our past experiences, and if you have had good experiences with a Realtor, then I would suggest using them again. If you aren't that positive about your past experience, consider a different approach. One of the benefits is that they will have history with you, and know some of your likes and dislikes in regards to property and houses or offices, etc. No time will have to be spent covering old ground and information. That is a great base of knowledge from which to start this new endeavor. You mainly will need to update on things that have changed over the years very likely and establish what your needs and wants are now in regards to specifics.

Shopping around on the internet and elsewhere

A lot of professional Real Estate Agents out there will have their own website in which you can find out a great deal. This may not always be the case, but these days it can only help them and makes sense, so you can search for that, just like you may search for a new home or property online. Visiting Realtor.com is another popular way to get some ideas and have a start.

Once you find a home you like, very often there are agents right on the page as well that you can start looking into. These agents will be in the right area very often, and also have some success with their business which is something you want. Some may not want a very busy agent that does large amounts of business, but if you do, this is one way to find them. We have had agents that spend a lot of time with us, and want to really address our specific needs, and a busier agent may not be able to give that attention to everyone. Sometimes, that isn't necessary either. It depends on your personal tastes.

One time we flew out to a new area, and were under the gun for time, and it was a situation where we needed a lot of undivided attention for a short period of time. We actually found a house in one day, but not until the end of that long and crazy day. It was perfect, and I am sure that agent was wore out but it was a very positive experience. She had no other clients that day, thankfully! I can't imagine if she did.

Going with Recommendations from friends and family

Maybe this is your first time and you have no idea where to begin. Why not start asking around to a lot of people that you trust and know. They may not have recommendations, but they may have a great one too! You are looking for someone that is trustworthy and helpful and knowledgeable. Asking people in your area for to help, whether co workers, neighbors, etc.

Some questions to consider might be, does the agent return calls quickly? Do they seem distracted? Are they helpful and prompt? Did they go above and beyond what might have been necessary to show how much they want to help? Do they know about the schools and local school districts and their reputations fairly well? How about the community, what can they tell you about that honestly while keeping in the laws put onto them? How about shopping, community events, and the economy in that particular area?

Doing an "interview" with the Realtor

You can do your homework, and then comes the time to talk with the Realtor you are thinking about. Will they meet you in person, maybe in their office? Bring a list of any possible questions you may have, that could include some from the list I give above. Its ok to ask about their history and or references if you don't know them from any personal recommendation, etc. A reputable one will gladly share their information with you.

You want to find a Realtor that is educated and knowledgable and friendly among other things. Don't assume that a Realtor that is new, won't be very qualified. They can be great, and eager and get the job done wonderfully. That said, there is the years of experience that can be so helpful in helping you reach your goals. Take all of these things into consideration and you are on your way to finding a great Realtor. Good luck on your search.

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    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you Phoenix.

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      PhoenixV 

      7 years ago from USA

      Great information, thanks.

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