How to Screen For a Real Estate Agent

Posted by on Mar 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Screen For a Real Estate Agent

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Can I Trust My Potential Realtor?

Realtors have had a bad rap for a long time. Every profession has dishonest people. The problem with trying to find an honest person, is that they usually don’t reveal their true colors until later. However, there are some signs that may give an indication that you should go with a different realtor. People still use agents today because they trust them, and trust that they know more than they do, but most importantly, because they want the best for them. Unfortunately, realtors don’t necessarily want the best for you. It’s not personal. Everyone in life tends to look out for themselves. However, if you are to sell your home, it is essential that you have a relationship based on trust with your realtor. We Buy Houses has more education on trusting your realtor.

Real estate agents frequently exaggerate their experience on their websites, and sometimes, to clients. You should spend a fair amount of time reading their reviews online and asking around, to get an idea of what they are like.

  • Experience: You should ask the realtor how long they have been practicing. More important than how long they have been in business is how many homes they have sold, and whether or not they were close to the asking price, as well as how long it took to close. Just because a real estate agent has been in business for 9 years does not mean that they have 9 years of experience. If you don’t have a highly-trained realtor, they won’t be able to predict future problems, and/or know how to tackle them.
  • Current Listings: You should find out the agents current listings, and how many. You should go to their real estate firm, and click on ‘my listings,’ to see how many they have. No matter what they tell you when you ask, this is where you can find out the truth. If they don’t have any listings, you probably should ask yourself why. Better yet, it is important to ask them why they don’t have any listings. Too many people are afraid to ask these types of questions because they don’t want to offend anyone. Do you want your home to sit on the market.
  • Specialty: Real estate agents have specialties, as does any profession. Some deal with commercial transactions, some solely residential, or high-end homes, or low-end homes. You should probably find someone else who is more experienced in the type of home you want to buy, who knows the particular area.  Another run-in, is if you see only one high-end listing on the realtor’s site, but you can’t find any others.
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