Everyone knows just how essential it is to use the services on a professional real estate agent when buying or selling property. The problem is not all agents are worthy of using and it is important to find out which ones are good and which ones are not, as this can have a huge impact on the selling/buying process. Herewith a few ways on how to track down the perfect real estate agent:
In the 21st century, the Internet is probably the easiest way to find estate agents in your area. A simple search will bring up a list of agents which you can contact to set up interviews. Before the interview, try to find out as much as you possibly can about the agent/agency online. Also look out for testimonial of previous clients.
Attend Open Houses
This is a great way to see how an estate agent deals with potential buyers, without the agent knowing that you are interested in hiring him/her.
Property Ads in Newspapers and Magazines
Buy the local newspaper or property magazine and browse around for agents advertising in the paper. This is a great way to find an agent as most agents dont only advertise property but also themselves. Once youve found an agent selling property in your area, contact the agency to set up an interview.
It is safe to say that many real estate agents stay in business mainly due to referrals. This is therefore a great way to find an agent. Talk to friends or family who recently used an estate agent and find out what their experience was. A good real estate agent will pay special attention to customer satisfaction and is therefore worth the referral.
Dont be shy to ask other agents for recommendations. They will be happy to recommend someone, especially if the service you need is not a specialty of the agent who is referring you. If this agent is professional you can bet that he/she will refer you to another professional agent.
For Sale/Sold Boards
As you drive around your area, keep a look out for For Sale/Sold boards. If you see a certain agent which board comes up a few times, give him/her a call and set up an interview. This will only mean that the particular agent/agency has experience in the area as well as knowledge of recent sales activity.
Remember, that the best agent for you is an experienced professional who will listen to you, conduct him/herself in an ethical manner and knows your market. Once youve found a reputable agent with the necessary experience and qualification, make sure that you set up an interview where you ask the agent about recent sales, marketing techniques, experience, statistics, etc.