A Guide to Find the Right Real Estate Agent
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- A Guide to Find the Right Real Estate Agent
- For anyone interested in real estate or with a functional knowledge of real estate would know what crucial role the real estate agent plays. Operating in the real estate arena without consulting a real estate agent can be quite dangerous or foolhardy, especially if you are a first-timer or are new to the neighborhood.
- But considering there are as many gems and big fish in this field as there are quacks, impostors and pseudo-agents, it only makes sense to hire the right one for all your property dealings.
- Remember, a good broker is not necessarily someone who works with a big brokerage or is known in the circuit to be making maximum money on most deals. The right real estate agent for you is someone who will listen to your special and specific requirements, will give you a patient hearing to clear your doubts or apprehensions and will counsel you to choose the best deal.
- Here’s an easy-to-follow guide and on how to find the right real estate agent for all your property transactions.
- Going by the recommendations or referrals made by satisfied clients is one of the major ways of approaching a reputed broker. Word-of-mouth appreciation or praises go a long way in building reputation for a real estate agent in a particular locality. It’s better if you know anyone in the chosen neighborhood, as the residents can always provide better information on the track records of various real estate agents in their locality as well as refer the best name to you. Otherwise, try to ask your friends and colleagues if they happen to know anyone in that area who can help you with the same. The most recommended agents are the ones who put customer satisfaction above and everything else and in turn earn their customers’ trust and goodwill.
- You can search online for exhaustive agent listings for a particular locality. There is, however, a problem with website listings, as the websites only show names of those agents who have paid the website owners for the service. So unlike in a personal recommendation, where quality is the key, online searches do not stand for unmotivated and fair recommendations.
- What you can do in such a case is zero in on a few names, take the profile details of the agents and visit them personally to form a clear assessment. The online search will help you crystallize your search and choosing the right person yourself. The listing signs in a particular neighborhood can also be of great help. Keeping a track on how fast the ‘to be sold’ signs go up and the sold signs appear. Go for the agent who sells the fastest as that indicates performance.
- Ask effective questions to the real estate agents and make a note of the answers for future reference and assessment. Ask them a list of the recent clients they have catered to, buyers or sellers, depending on who you are, as that will give you a list of easy reference and an idea on what sort of clients the agent is equipped to handle.
- Most importantly, go for a demo tour of a prospective property with various agents and note their way of showing around the property – patient or hurried, attentive or not involved and gauge the levels of commitments from their mannerisms.
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