5 Tips for Finding a Real Estate Agent

Kerry Veach, RE/MAX Southern
5 Tips for Finding a Real Estate Agent

The world is full of people who can help you buy and sell real estate. Some of these people are smart, efficient and focused; and some of them aren’t. The hard part is sifting through the hype and finding an agent who’s willing to go the extra mile. With all the resources available today, this shouldn’t take too long, right? Wrong. The truth is if you want to accurately access an agent’s past performance and projected potential success with your home sale or purchase, you need to dig a little deeper. Here are five things you can do to find a qualified agent.

1. Talk with Recent Clients

Reviews are great, but hearing directly about an agent’s performance before, during and after the transaction is even better. Ask your prospective agent to provide a list what they have listed and sold in the past year with contact information. And if you’re the seller, ask if any of these properties are similar to yours in price, location and any other relevant features. The key is finding someone who specializes in exactly what you are looking to buy, or sell.

2. Select the Right Credentials

Speaking of specializations, don’t ignore the letters following your agent’s name. Like doctors, real estate agents acquire different designations for their area of focus. CRS (Certified Residential Specialist), MRP (Military Relocation Professional), CLHMS (Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist) – these all indicate that a person has taken additional classes in a certain specialty to further aid you in your home sale or purchase.

3. Research How Long the Agent has been in Business

According to Robert Irwin’s “Tips and Traps When Buying a Home,” agents who haven’t been in business for a significant chunk of time are “learning on you.” Everyone has to get their start somewhere, but your ultimate goal should be to find someone who knows the area, knows the price range and knows how to get you from point A to point B.

4. Look at their Online Presence

Throughout your research, take note of the agent’s online presence – this includes searching his or her website, third-party sites and multiple listing services. Not only will this give you an idea of how closely the agent’s listings mirror the property you want to buy or sell, but how they present themselves, their properties and their clients online.

5. Pick a Winner

On top of all of these things, a good agent is endorsed. While peer-driven and performance-based awards aren’t everything, they certainly can come into play when it comes to finding an agent.

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