Sunday, December 19, 2010

How to select the right real estate agent in for your needs?

When it comes to buying or selling real estate, you would always need the expert assistance of real estate realtors, otherwise known as real estate agents. This article would focus on how to choose the right real estate agent for your needs. The quality of services provided by real estate realtors differs significantly, from wonderful to appalling.

For getting a really good real estate agent, you should search for one who is:

  • An honest person
  • Working in the real estate industry as a full timer
  • Skilled with the kind of services you want
  • Familiar with your choices and requirements
  • A certified professional, meaning he has fulfilled the minimum prerequisites of training, education and examination.
  • Well informed about the locality where you want to stay
  • Conversant with business affairs
  • A member of the trade organization like the National Association of Realtors (NAR). This indicates the real estate agent is aware of market information, listings and other details that nonmembers would find difficult to obtain
  • A receiver of supplementary credentials (search for initials on their business cards - for instance, NAR confers credentials like a GRI or Graduate Realtors Institute or even more sophisticated CRS or Certified Residential Specialist. You wouldn’t get many agents with these credentials.

    Look for recommendations

    If you want to find out a truly good realtor, then going for referrals is also a good decision. You can get recommendations from your friends, family members and colleagues. You should especially look for referrals from those who have most recently bought or sold a home. As soon as you get a short list of capable realtors, let every one know you wish to question him or her for around 30-45 minutes in person, if possible. Not only would you be checking the knowledge of the agent but also his or her accommodativeness and promptness.

    Ask questions

    Given below are some questions that you can ask a realtor to find out if the agent’s skill and success rate are suitable for your needs. You can also include your own queries. For instance, if you’re seeking assistance in buying a newly constructed home in a development or condominium, you’d need to make sure your agent has knowledge about such properties.

    Important questions that you would need to ask are the following:

    • What is your mode of communication?
    • How many homes have you located for buyers in the previous year?
    • How can you assist me afford the home I need?
    • How do you arrange your work?
    • Who are your previous clients I can contact as references for you?
    • Will you be working as the representative of the seller by any means?

You should keep in mind that asking questions and seeking referrals from different sources can surely help you get the right real estate agent for your needs. Only choose an agent who listens to you with patience, attends to your needs and replies to your queries frankly.

Above is the guest post provided by Miss Bettie Wills from San Jose Real Estate Inc. She excels herself in writing articles related to real estate, mortgage, properties etc.

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