When it comes to hiring the right real estate agent, the “wow” factor is only one piece of the important puzzle. What you want to do is hire a real estate agent that fits your individual needs.
Check Their Credentials
Here are just a few real estate-related credentials to be on the lookout for:
- Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR): A real estate agent who has completed additional education for representation of a buyer in his/her transactions.
- Certified Residential Specialist (CRS): Completed additional training during the handling of residential real estate, such as houses and apartments.
- Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES): Completed training for the purpose of helping sellers and buyers who are age 50+.
Research Their Licensing
Would you go to a doctor who doesn’t have proper medical training? Of course not. So, why work with a real estate agent who doesn’t have proper licensing? Your state should have a license board with a database of all active real estate agents and realtors, which should be easily accessible to the public. You’ll be able to review their relevant information, including any prior disciplinary actions or vital complaints.
Ask For Referrals From Recent Clients
Ask the agent to give you a list of all the sales they’ve made in the past year, as well as a list of names and phone numbers you can call for references. A good agent will be happy to do this. When speaking with the real estate agent’s references, inquire about the asking price for their home as well as the final sale price. You may also want to know where the reference worked with the potential real estate agent, because it’s always a good idea to hire an agent who specializes in your area of town.
Browse Their Current Listings
Once you know their area of specialization, check out the real estate agent’s current available listings. Review their website, plus anything that’s listed under their name on Realtor.com and other relevant pages. The majority of buyers begin their home search on the internet. So, if you’re selling a home, you’ll want to make sure that real estate agent has a decent online presence. Top agents also know to advertise themselves on multiple platforms…and you definitely want to work with someone who is using every tool in their belt.
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