When you are selecting a Realtor, what criteria do you consider when you are hiring an agent. Do you talk to friends and family about who they used? A referral is always a good way to find a Realtor. Are you looking for a neighborhood specialist? Are you considering hiring a relative out of obligation . . . Keep in mind, it is a business transaction from start to finish. Although it can be emotional when purchasing or selling a home, an experienced Newport Beach Real Estate agent can guide you through the process.
Selecting a Realtor
Make sure you do your research. Talk to your friends and family for a good referral. Inquire about the experience. When you called to speak to the Realtor you are considering, did they return your phone calls in a timely manner?
When selecting a Realtor, be sure to inquire about their style of communication, and how they are providing their marketing activities. Real Estate transactions are a two-way process. And the client should establish the method of communication to ensure they are finding out the status of the house on a regular basis!
What Are Your Expectations?
It is important for the Real Estate agent to adapt to their client’s expectations . . . some may prefer to receive communication via text, email, or weekly phone calls. These are all important considerations. Try and lay the groundwork up in front to avoid any misunderstandings once you are working together. Write down your goals in advance.
If you are purchasing a home, has the Realtor explained the home buying process in detail? Did they have you meet with a lender first? I would recommend having the purchase agreement and associated documents explained to ensure that the process is completely understood.
Google the Neighborhood
If you are looking for a “neighborhood” Realtor, consider using Google as a way to find out who is the one who has the most exposure in the area. Look at the neighborhood you are considering and Google that neighborhood. See who comes up and look at their websites and blog sites.
If you are selling, and you have selected a few Realtors to consider, set up interviews, and look at their preparedness. Do they have the information that will help you make an informed decision about pricing? Is the collateral material professional? What does their marketing material look like?
Are You Hiring a Team or an Individual Agent?
These are just a few considerations when you are hiring your realtor. An important consideration to factor in is if you are working with a team or an individual agent. When you hire a team, you may not always be dealing with the team leader, so if that is important consider hiring an individual agent.
If I can answer any questions about selecting a Realtor or the process of either purchasing or selling a home, please contact me.