Getting the Best Deal: 7 Tips for Choosing a Real Estate Agent

The real estate market is hot. In these conditions, things move fast, and deals are done quickly. Working with an agent who has your best interests in mind is crucial. An agent is there to guide your through the process and take care of the many details involved in marketing and finding properties, negotiations, and transactions. Whether you’re buying, selling, or both, finding the right agent for you is an important first step. Here are some quick tips to help you along the way:

  1. License and Registration, Please

Check to ensure your potential agent is properly licensed in your state. While you’re at it, run an online search to see if there have been any complaints or disciplinary actions against the agent. This information is typically available online or through your state’s real estate regulatory body.

  1. The Right Credentials

Real estate agents have specialties. Some specialize in working with buyers, others with sellers – and some both! There are commercial and residential specialties, as well as niche areas including working with seniors or first-time buyers. Find an agent that has a specialty that aligns with your specific situation.

  1. Experience is Key

Ask how many years an agent has been actively involved in the industry. Dig a little deeper to see geographic areas and price ranges where they have the most experience. Finding an agent who is well-versed in your market and price range can make all the difference in ensuring you get the best deal.

  1. In Your Own Backyard

Ask questions to determine how well a potential agent knows your market. Are they familiar with the schools, economic development, businesses coming to town, new residential development – or changes coming in the market. The more they know benefits both buyers and sellers.

  1. Winning!

Real estate is highly competitive. You want to work with a winner; someone who has been recognized for their performance and is willing to go the extra mile for their clients. Ask about professional awards and recognition the agent may have.

  1. Check the List

To get a good feel for how active your potential agent may be, check their listings. Most agents have a website (they should!) where you can see their active listings. Click around and check the types of properties lists, pricing ranges, areas…does it fit with the areas and prices you are considering?

  1. Just Ask!

Ask your potential agent for a list of properties they recently sold. Ask the buyers/sellers about their experience with the agent. You can also ask the agent for referrals. Most agents expect this and can provide some names and contact info, so you can get an idea if the agent is a good fit for you.

All of us here at Certified Radon with you the best in your real estate adventure!

Travis Siegfried