How to: choose the right real estate agent for you

The biggest billboards or the loudest ads don’t always translate to the best person for the job. Agents are a critical part of the selling process, and can offer unique insights and experience. They also help shoulder some of the stress – helping you focus on what matters most.

Rapport is all important when it comes to you real estate agent, so here’s some tips about finding the best agent match for you.

When you select a real estate agent, you’re performing a rigorous job interview for a prized position. You’re choosing a stranger for an incredibly important task – one that requires trust, expertise, and adapatability. Your expectations should be demanding; you’re selling one of your biggest assets.

Agents should have a high degree of professionalism and dedication to their work. They should have a good reputation, and still be committed to impressing you and working hard.

Does the agent you’re investigating appear interested in your property – or is it just another one in a line of many they’re hoping to nab as a listing?

Using popular, successful agents can be great. They’re obviously pleasing lots of people. But if they’re serving too many clients their attention might be split and you might not get the focus you want or need.

When researching, get a sense of how you fit into the agent’s big picture, and whether you’re likely to fade into the background once you sign on the dotted line.

What should you look for in an agent?

  • Ability to meet your actual requirements (not impose their own)
  • Clear interest in meeting your needs
  • Professional designation and membership of the local, state or national real estate institute
  • Positive word or mouth and references from previous clients
  • Knowledge of the area in which you’re selling your property
  • Knowledge of the price bracket you’re likely to sell in
  • Commitment to frank, realistic dialogue about the market and your situation

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