Choosing the Right Realtor

Choosing the Right Realtor

People move for various reasons, whether it is for family or employment. In either case you will always want to know that you’re getting the best value for your money. Having the right Realtor can ensure you always come out on top, but having the wrong person handle the selling or purchase of your homes can cost you greatly.

A good Realtor should represent your best interest whether you’re selling or buying it is your Realtor’s job to make sure that you either sell your property for the most money possible in a short time or find you a home at the lowest price possible. Finding the right Realtor includes more than just buying and selling, a good Realtor can take on many roles. At any given time a Realtor can be a therapist, tour guide, or negotiator. Obviously you cannot expect your Realtor to meet all of these needs but there are just a few basic requirements that every Realtor should meet.

It goes without saying that a person who can’t communicate cannot negotiate let alone respond to your demands. You should have more than one way to get in contact with your Realtor. If you find that you constantly have to leave messages to try and contact your Realtor, then this is a good indication of things to come. If your Realtor is not enthusiastic about returning your calls then they will be just as excited when representing you. Does your Realtor constantly ask what you want or are they always trying to sell you their services? You should try and use movers that ask more than they tell.

Most Realtors work on commission and will try and up sell you on the highest costing properties that you qualify for. It would be in your best interest to find out if you are working with a fulltime Realtor or someone who does it as a hobby or a way to earn extra income. An agent that works full time is constantly aware of changes in the market and will probably have something new to offer and will be available when you need them. You should never feel afraid to ask questions especially concerning credentials that will help you determine this agent’s ability to deliver on your requests; besides, you’re paying for it. Your Realtor can also help you to find a lender. If you decide you’re interested in working with a mortgage broker, you should interview several brokers—and check their credentials and references.

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Questions like how familiar they are with a neighborhood you have taken interest in or how many homes they sold in that area should be answered without hesitation. A good agent will have a wealth of information concerning your area. They should be able to provide you with even the most trivial information like where the best restaurants are or where to find veterinary services. Your agent should know of local customs and history to help you learn about the place that you plan to call home.

Your Realtor should have a reliable support staff and resources available; they should have access to services ranging from a handyman to home inspectors. You should check with your agent’s references. Past and current clients will give you a candid look at your agent’s credentials. Much like anything else involving your hard earned money, you should shop around before choosing a Realtor. A real estate agent needs to be trusted to be effective so if you feel that you cannot trust them then your relocation will be plagued with setbacks. If you can find a Realtor that meets most of these requirements you should have no problem selling or buying your next home.

About Rick Doney

Rick Doney is a co-founder of Consumer Authority and Lifetime Entrepreneur. Expert on real estate, home improvement and other topics.