Blog

What to look for in a real estate agent?

Real estate agents are professionals who guide people while buying and selling houses or any property. Real estate agents guide their clients on the current situation of the market, educate them about the process of buying and selling real estate, and if needed, they refer them to other professionals to assist them in the journey. When buying or selling a property for the first time, having a professional who will help you in the understanding of the process and guide you on how to navigate the industry, and advise you on what not to do, is very important. So, you should be very careful when selecting a real estate agent because it’s a decision that can affect your financial career.

In this blog, we bring tips on how to choose your real estate agent. How realtors, brokers, and real estate agents are different? What are the characteristics you look for in a real estate agent? And what are the basic things you need to know in order to select the right real estate agent? So, let’s dig in.

Realtor, Real Estate Agent, and Broker

A real estate agent is a licensed individual who helps people in buying and selling any kind of property. But not every real estate agent is a Realtor®. Realtors® are also licensed real estate agents, and they are a member of the National Association of Realtors. Being a member comes with its own Code of Ethics. Real estate brokers have also licensed agents and are responsible for managing real estate firms and their agents, ensuring legal compliance, and reviewing contracts. To be an agent you must take an additional exam and practice as an agent for a specific amount of time. 

What to look for in a real estate agent?

It’s very important to be careful while trusting a real estate agent because picking a real estate agent can make a huge difference in your decisions and eventually in your career as a buyer or seller.

Listed below are some common tips for anyone searching for an agent to represent them. If followed, they will surely help you in making more informed decisions.

Interview different agents

Relying on only one real estate agent’s information is not a good practice. If you want a real estate agent with thorough knowledge, you should meet with more than one agent. Take your time to learn their areas of expertise and how professional they are. Don’t be afraid to ask them for referrals and do some research online for business reviews. Learn about their old clients and the kind of work they were involved in. Compare your experience with the level of experience they have and choose whom you feel you can trust and will be more helpful towards your side whether it comes to buying or selling. 

Experienced real estate agent

Experience is something that cannot be compromised because an experienced real estate agent will have complete knowledge of the local market and would have made relations with other real estate agents. This advantage is useful in a competitive market when advising their clients. Your chosen real estate agent should have good experience of their work. They should be capable of handling your unique situation. They should have clear records of their past and make sure to observe that their old clients are satisfied with them. This will help you a lot in choosing a suitable fit for your business. 

Clear Communication

Communicate with your real estate agent clearly about everything going on in your life so they’re aware of your individual situation. Some personal matters that might seem disconnected to the purchase or selling of a property can still have an impact on the transaction so its best to be transparent with your agent. Finding an agent who communicates the way you prefer to communicate is paramount to building a great relationship. A great agent will communicate with you the way you prefer to be communicated with so ask about this during the interview process. 

Highly recommended real estate agent

Usually, every person’s first preference is to ask their friends and family for the recommendation of a real estate agent, which is a good thing. But before choosing a real estate agent based on a recommendation you should still interview them. Working with a real estate agent who is highly recommended by their past clients is always a good sign. Remember to only consider the opinion of those people whom you trust and have some experience with the agent. 

Licensed real estate agent

Realtors have a license from the state to work as real estate agents. Before choosing any real estate agent, ask for their license, qualifications, and specialties. You can also check from the state commission that your selected real estate agent is licensed or not. The state gives certifications in many fields like representing buyers to land consultants, commercial investments, eco-friendly real estate, and more. Real estate specialties make a real estate agent stand out among other agents. Make sure to choose the agent who has specialties according to your needs.

Current Market Knowledge

A good real estate agent has a thorough knowledge of the current local market. They are updated about current events according to real estate industry, in the end, this is very helpful for clients.  A good agent will also know a little about the location of your property or the property you want to purchase. They will market it effectively and at the best time of year. This will help the client to purchase or sell with benefits.

Compare real estate agents online

This era has many advantages because everything is shifting online. Nowadays real estate agents have websites and other platforms to connect online with their clients. This is the best opportunity for clients to review the profiles of real estate agents and make a decision based on reviews of previous clients. Take notes about how an agent has responded to negative reviews and is they are obliged to make betterment in his field. This review will help you to choose the best real agent according to your needs.

Most of all, observe the behavior of real estate agents towards their clients to see if they are willing to help them with respect and is concerned about the requirements of the clients. 

We hope this blog will help you in finding your ideal real estate agent.

If you would like more information about buying or selling a home you can contact us by calling (240) 393-6756 or emailing pedro.meneses@compass.com.

Work With Us

We understand the process, we've chosen partners based on results and integrity, and we want to empower you to make the choices that are best for your family.
Contact Us
Follow Us