Tips for Finding the Right Real Estate Agent or Broker
Finding a real estate agent is easy. There are thousands of professional and part-time agents out there all competing for your business. However…
Finding out which one of these agents will do the best job for you can be tricky. How do you find an agent that you are sure will work hard for you and your family, and to get you the best price if you’re buying or selling?
The best way to locate a really good real estate agent is to get as many referrals from people you know as you can. This gives you the ability to get direct comments and concerns about the agents through the eyes of your friends, family and co-workers. The odds are that someone has used an agent that they were satisfied with and can recommend to you. Most real estate agents rely on these happy testimonials to bring them more business.
Next, you can search for agents through the usual channels such as a local Google search, by checking the Yellow Pages or through real estate websites that list businesses and agents for you. You may also find a real estate agent through advertising techniques such as yard signs, weekly flyers, wall advertisements, TV commercials and more.
Here are some tips for choosing a top quality agent:
- Successful real estate agents have more money to spend on advertising. So you will see a higher grade of advertising for these agents.
- Successful agents also have a high number of houses listed. Look for this when you are searching databases.
- Check for an agent’s personal or business standard practices. These are guidelines and rules that agents follow to ensure they are ethical and honest. They are designed to ensure customer satisfaction.
- Do your homework and check out an agent’s business background. How long have they been in the business, how many listings do they have, what are their marketing strategies and what is their average selling price? By doing a little research into an agent before you hire them, you will reduce the likelihood of hiring an agent that will do an un-satisfactory job.
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