All the advertising strategies– from billboards to sponsored public benches to online ads that the real estate agents use to promote themselves makes it extremely difficult for one to dig into them all to choose the best one from among them. To help you with finding out the best and most efficient real estate agent for buying /selling a property, we have enlisted the following tips for you to take note of before choosing an agent–
- REVIEWS AND FEEDBACKS
Contact your prospective agent’s most recent clients and take a feedback from them. Ask about the pricing and the whole experience of the service. Another good question that one can ask is- “How long were the properties on the market?”.
Apart from direct feedbacks taken from your prospective agent’s previous clients, you can also rely on online reviews of the agency. Explore through the website to find customer reviews. You can get an honest insight as to what kind of service you can expect from the particular agency.
- CHECK LICENSING, DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS AND EXPERIENCE
This is a noteworthy aspect in choosing a real estate agent. You need to check your state’s regulatory body to look for any defaults in the disciplinary actions or any complaints regarding the agent. Such information is likely to be posted online. Watch out for proper licensing of the agent. Also, you can find about the experience of your agent by contacting the state licensing authority. You would like to only hire an agent who is well experienced and actively engaged in the real estate business.
Real estate agents need to have proper qualifications along with additional trainings. Look for the alphabet orders after an agent’s name as they indicate their area of specialization. Some of the designations include:
CRS (Certified Residential Specialist): Meaning that the agent completed additional training in handling residential real estate.
ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative): Completed additional education in representing buyers in transactions.
SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist): Completed training aimed at helping buyers and sellers in the 50-plus age range.
If the agent calls them a Realtor with a capital R, that means they’re a member of the NAR.
- CHECK THE CURRENT LISTINGS
Look for your agent’s current listings online to find whether or not they have enough listings to indicate a healthy business. Do note if they have property listings in the same area where you want to sale/purchase a property. Also, their price range should be similar to your budget.
- TEST THEIR KNOWLEDGE
Test your agent’s knowledge to make out if they are capable enough to do the job or not. A capable agent should know about the availability of properties nearby and should be able to give you proper details about the same. Do not shy away from asking them questions regarding anything that is of importance to you-be it the price, location of the property or the agent’s qualification.