It feels a little like online dating. Staring at face after face, headshots, mostly in suits and charismatic smiles beaming back at you. Reading bylines and credentials, years of experience, trying to find the perfect Realtor for your needs.
If you aren’t lucky enough to have a relative, family friend, or great neighbor as a licensed Realtor, you might be overwhelmed by the seemingly endless names to choose from. But here are a few helpful tips to point you in the right direction.
For starters, you’ll want a full-service Realtor. The reasons for this are as endless as your internet search results for an agent. Most importantly, a full-service Realtor means they are in it to win it with you.
A full-service agent isn’t the bargain store find of Realtors, but their worth is found in the time, dedication, expertise and services they offer. Working without a Realtor isn’t as easy as you might think, and working with one who offers the lowest fees can be just as time consuming for you in the end.
You’ll also want to make sure you’re asking the right questions when choosing a Realtor to partner with.
Ask your Realtor about their specialties.
Some agents work primarily with sellers, others have a long list of happy buyers; Realtors can be experienced in commercial property, or an expert in negotiating a short sale transaction, others may focus on being well rounded and equally valuable to a buyer or seller. Consider what your needs are and find an agent who suits them well.
How will your home be marketed?
Your Realtor is your marketing guru. Ask specific questions about how they plan to sell your home. Will they have professional photos taken? How often will you have an open house? Who is your home’s target market and how will your agent reach them?
How will you set the price?
Whether you’re buying, selling, or both, the numbers matter. Ask about comparable sales in your area and how they affect your listing price, or the offer you’re considering making. A licensed agent is nothing short of an expert of your community, they’ll be able to clearly explain your market area and knowingly guide you to the best listing price or offer.
What’s the best form of communication?
Don’t be afraid to ask the best way to reach your Realtor. Can you call them at night after the kids are in bed? Are they text savvy (emojis optional)? Do they check their email once a day or receive incoming messages immediately on their phone?
Choosing a Realtor doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Knowing which questions to ask and understanding the value of the nearly 200 licensed Realtors HOME Real Estate has to offer is the first step in creating the perfect agent/client relationship.