Buying or selling a home can be an amazing experience. There is the overall excitment of buying something new, especially something as big as a home. In my experience The process can be awesome with the right real estate agent, or underwhelming so to speak, with the wrong agent. What is important to you in an agent may be different for everyone, and with so many brokerages and agents out there to choose from, finding a perfect fit may be more of a challenge than you expected. Working with a an agent who is, trustworthy and one you can feel an authentic connection with, can go a long way in ensuring your property sells at top dollar, or that you what you buy; you're paying a fair price for.
I have complied a few tips based on my experience as an agent!
1. Choose The Person, Not The Years of Experience
I am a firm believer in choosing an agent who works for you and with you in a collaborative partnertship that will help bring your vision to life. Choosing an agent purley on experience, in my experience has pros and cons. I find that in my consultations it's more important for me as an agent is to feel a connection and a level of trust first and once thats established, evalaute how you feel about how speficics of that agents experiene. Experience although it’s good to have, it's not everything. Having an agent that you feel comfortable with and one you can be honest with, will likely service you better. You will likely be spending a lot of time with your agent and a level of comfort is important so you work well together. Take time and have a conversation with your potential agent, from there you'll like see their passion for what they do.
After 20 years in a retail service industry, in my experiece the peole I hired and the ones that were amazing were the ones that were also passionate about life and about the job they were applying for. Sometimes a hungry agent can offer a level of service unmatched by anyone in the world. **
2. Go With Your Gut Feeling
Your brain uses logic and emotion when making a decision, and specifically in my experience, intuition can be a useful guide — your gut feeling. If you're interviewing a real estate agent for the job, first look to what kind of humans they are, how their market knowledge is and do they have the resources needed to answer any and all of your questions. Then, go with your gut feeling. If it feels right, they will likely be the agent that a serves your well. At the end of the day its your decision so how you feel about the agent is important.
3. Find A Compassionate Agent Who Understands You
Let’s face it — buying a home or selling your house can be a stressful task, especially if you are dealing with anything else that is part of life which most of us are always doing. Add selling or buying a new home into the mix and it can at times be overwhelming. Finding an agent who is patient with you, understands your circumstances and understands what you want out of the experience in important. Like minded humans usually find it easier to work with like minded humans. For me understanding my clients makes it very effective in meeting their needs.
4. Find Someone Who Has Your Best Interests At Heart
Ask yourself, "Does my real estate agent have my best interests at heart?" Be honest and transparent about what you’re looking for, and if an agent isn’t bringing you the right options, it’s likely they aren’t looking for houses for you but rather to benefit themselves. Ask questions upfront and don’t be afraid to move on to someone else if the relationship doesn’t feel right. Agents and clients all have various motivations in their home search or decision to sell their house. What those motivations are is a great question to ask your potential agent, and if you're with an agent you can be open and honest with ,it is helpful in getting the outcome you desire out of the process.
5. Make Sure They Offer Adequate Support and a Plan
Be sure to do your research first. Agents dont always have the anwer to every question you might ask, but if they cant answer something as long as they know where to find the answer ,you'll be a leg up. An agent who has support is able to offer a high level of service to every clients. Many agents work with several clients at a time, so the question is will they value your transaction as much of the other clients who have transactions as well with the same agent. How does your potential agent manage their time? The logistics of buying/selling a home are more complicated than many people might think, and it's easy to miss something or fall short if your agent doesnt have a good support team to go to if needed. Included inside this umbrella would be a marketing plan for listing your house as well as a system for making offers on homes you may want to buy.
Those are my 5 tips on hiring an agent. Of course I'm a little biased - I'm an agent and love getting business, however if you have questions regardless, of if you'll use me or someone else I'm 100% here to give you any information that will help your home selling/home buying process go smoothly.
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