Buying or selling a home is a big decision; the realtor you choose is an equally important decision. There are many factors to take into consideration when deciding who to work with. During the interview process, it’s important to learn their experience level, their knowledge of the market, but mostly, it’s important to know if you and the realtor will be a good match for the duration of the transaction.
Here are some of our recommendations when searching for a realtor:
- Be sure to interview at least three agents. Not sure where to start? Call the main brokerage number and ask the receptionist who they would list their house with and start there. The receptionist has inside knowledge of how all of the realtors do business and will be able to give you an insider’s perspective.
- Ask how many transactions a year the realtor closes with buyers. You want to ensure they are closing at least 12 buyer transactions each year.
- During the interview, pay close attention to how they respond to you and how you feel while with them. If there are any personality conflicts that you sense, no matter how successful they are, it may be best to go with someone else. Potentially, you will be spending a lot of time with this person—make sure you enjoy being around them.
- If they have a team, be sure you know who you will be working with directly. Find out their process and ensure you’re comfortable with it.
- Market knowledge is important. You want to be sure the agent you’ll be working with has the most up-to-date information for you and understands the intricacies of your market.
- Check out their referrals. Talk with their previous clients about their experience working with the realtor you chose.
Ultimately, the realtor you decide to work with will set the tone and pace for your home buying/selling experience. Your satisfaction with them and the way they do business is key.
If you’re looking to move in, move up, or scale back, we’d love to meet with you and talk you through the process. Contact us http://www.wightmanbrock.com/contact/ to set up a meeting today.