Ever ask yourself, how to find the best real estate agent to sell my house? or what to ask real estate agents to determine which one would be best for you? Real estate agents endorse themselves with yard signs, online advertisements, and direct-mail postcards along with sponsored public benches as well. So, cutting through the publicity hype and finding the correct agent can be extremely difficult. Yet, there are several ways through which you can size up an agent’s record, as well as potential. Check out the following seven ways which can be used to find the perfect real estate agent, whether you are buying or selling a house.
1. Talk with agents’ recent clients
Ask agents to offer a list of what they have listed and sold in the past year, with contact information. If you are the one who is selling the property, ask whether the previous properties were analogous to yours in price, location and other key features. You want someone who specializes in what you are selling. Another good question for sellers to ask is: How long were the houses on the market?
2. Check for license and disciplinary actions
The states license along with the discipline of real estate agents. Check with your state’s governing body to find out whether the real estate agent you are considering is properly licensed and/or has any disciplinary actions and/or complaints. This information might also be available online.
3. Ask about professional awards
Peer gave awards to count, according to experts. One that really means something is “Realtor of the Year,” which is presented by the state or local branch of the NAR.
4. Select an agent with the right credentials
Doctors have specialisms, and so do all the real estate agents, many of who get extra training in specific areas. The symbols soup after an agent’s name can specify that the agent has taken classes in a certain area of real estate sales. Some of the titles include the following:
CRS (Certified Residential Specialist): Completed extra training in handling housing real estate.
ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative): Completed extra education in representing buyers during transactions.
SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist): Completed training which was aimed at helping buyers as well as sellers in the 50-plus age range.
If the real estate agent calls himself/herself a Realtor with a capital R, that means he/she is a member of the NAR.
5. Find out how experienced an agent is
A state is a licensing expert often can tell you how long a real estate agent has been in business. Otherwise, you can ask the agent directly as well. Eventually, what you want is someone who is dynamically engaged in a specific area and price range. You will want an agent to establish knowledge of the area and houses in your price range.
6. Look at the agent’s current listings
Go through the real estate agent’s listings available online. Places to look include the real estate agent’s website and sites such as Realtor.com, which offer a searchable online database of properties in the multiple listing services. Most consumers start their search online, and you want a real estate agent who uses that tool efficiently. Look at how carefully the agent’s listings reflect the property you want to buy or sell. Are they in the same area? Is the price range parallel? Does the real estate agent have enough listings to point out a healthy business, but not so many that you would be waiting days for him or her to return your call?
7. Gauge the agent’s knowledge of the area
A good agent should know about other properties that are available in the area. Mention a house in your area that was recently sold or is on the market for sale at the moment. If the real estate agent knows the property and can provide you a few details, that means he/she really knows your area.