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How to Hire the Right Agent

How can you be sure you’ve hired the right real estate agent? I’ll go over some ways to put your mind at ease today.

Not all real estate agents are created equal, and there are a few things you should ask when choosing one.

First, are they a seasoned professional? Is this their full-time job or do they do this part time? Have they been in the business long enough to experience the ups and downs of the real estate market? Do they know a hot market from a slow market? Do they know what’s going on with foreclosures? Have they experienced all types of transitions? Have they represented buyers and sellers? The average real estate agent only sells one to four homes per year, so you need to make sure they know how to negotiate for you.

If you get the home you want or the price you want, that’s what really matters, not the personal interests of the agent.

Second, do they have a great marketing plan? What is your agent going to do specifically to sell your home or find you a great deal? Are they putting their marketing budget toward new and exciting ways to get your property seen? Are they on the right websites? Are they using great photography? What are they doing to market your home to the public to get as much exposure as possible?

Finally, will they negotiate in your best interests? Most real estate agents who don’t do a lot of business are focused on themselves and what is going to benefit them the most. It’s not about us though. If you get the home you want or the price you want, that’s what really matters. There are several stages of negotiation, so they need to be able to get you to the end with your needs in mind instead of shoving a contract down your throat to get their commission more quickly.

If you have any questions about this topic, or if you have any other real estate needs, please feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We’re always happy to help!