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How To Find The Right Realtor For You

Choosing the right real estate agent can have a huge impact on how fast you can find your dream house. You should use the following guide to choose the right person for the job.

#1 Speak With the Agent’s Recent Clients

Before you hire an agent, you should ask them if they have any former clients that would say that they were particularly pleased or disappointed with the job that the agent did. You should also ask for a list of clients who they have recently worked with. If the agent’s past clients were happy with their performance, chances are, you will be as well.

#2 Do Your Homework on the Agent

Every state has a board that will license and discipline real estate agents. Before you hire a real estate agent, you should make sure that they are licensed. You should also find out if there have been any complaints made against the agent or if any disciplinary actions have been taken. You can find all of this information online.

#3 Choose an Award Winner

If you find a real estate agent who has won an award in the past for their performance, they are an excellent choice. The best type of award is one that is given to an agent by their peers. If your agent has won the Realtor of the Year award given by the state or the local branch of NAR, you will likely be pleased with their performance.

#4 Choose an Agent With the Right Credentials

There are certain credentials that a real estate agent can have that would put them above the rest. It is important to check the agent’s name for letters and to understand what they mean.

Certified Residential Specialist (CRS): This means that the agent has completed training in handling residential real estate.

Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR): This means that the agent has completed additional education in representing the buyer in the transactions.

Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES): This means that the agent has completed training to help buyers and seller who are 50 years old or older.

Realtor with a capital R: This means that the agent is a member of NAR. This means that the agent has pledged to support the agent’s code of ethics.

#5 Find Out How Long the Agent Has Been in Business

The state licensing board can tell you how long an agent has been in the real estate business. You can also ask the agent yourself. If they have been in business for less than five years, they are learning on the job. This is not good for you. You want to work with an agent who has a great deal of knowledge on the area you are looking for and the homes in your price range. It takes more than five years in the business to have a firm grasp in these areas.

#6 Look at the Agent’s Current Listings

If you are selling your home, and you want to hire an agent, you should check their listings online. You can either look at their website, or you can check sites such as Realtor.com and Zillow.com. Most buyers will first look online to see what is available. You want to make sure that you work with a realtor who has an engaging presence online. You should look at the way that they describe similar homes and the photos that they use. You also want to see how many listings they have on their site. This will give you an idea of how many clients they are currently working for.

#7 Ask About Other Home’s For Sale in the Area

A good agent will know about other properties in the area that are for sale off the top of their head. This is because they are always researching neighborhoods in their area. If the agent can tell you about the homes and give yo a few details, you can be sure that they are on top of the market.

Choosing the right realtor will ensure that you will find the home of your dreams quickly or sell your home quickly for a great price.

Real Estate Directory

NameAddressPhone Number
John Carlson & David Maitre - Realtors203-11985 203rd St
Maple Ridge, BC
V2X 4V2
(604) 340-9809

 

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