Choosing a realtor can be intimidating and difficult. You’re trusting someone with what may be your first ever real estate purchase of your life and you want to make sure that this lies in the best hands. We want to make sure you know what to look for when choosing your realtor and the things you should consider when making this decision.
Here are the things that you should consider:
- Know their background, get referrals
If you’re really serious about real estate, make sure you know the background of your realtor. Some realtors can be really good at talking their way into persuading you to choose them, and some realtors actually have solid credentials. It’s good to do a brief background check through referrals. Your friends or family may know someone they’ve worked with before and would want to recommend them to you. This is good word of mouth since you can discuss and inquire with your friend or family about their experience with that realtor.
- Get to know them
In order to find out whether you like them or not, get the time to know them. Interview at least three realtors you’re interested in and ask them the same questions to gauge out which realtor fits your needs the most. Feel free to ask them about their work experience. Take this as a time to conduct an interview as if you’re hiring a new employee, because you technically are. Get to know more about their experiences as a realtor and see if their answers satisfy what you’re looking for.
- Do they know the area?
Get realtors that understand the area and that are locals. It’s good to have a realtor that knows the area through and through. You want to take into account the location of the apartment or home you’re about to rent or purchase. It’s good to have local realtors to inform you about situations such as traffic, noise, schools, churches and the like so you can map out and figure out what you’re really looking for in a place.
- Work ethic is everything
Understand the way they work. Do they do everything virtually or prefer to meet with you in person for every meeting? It’s good to verify what is their process of working so you won’t have any misunderstandings in the future. It’s also best to understand what process works for you as well so you know what to look for when it comes to handling transactions and the like.
- Communication is key
Communication is so important when choosing and dealing with your realtor. In conjunction to their work ethic, it’s important that you feel comfortable communicating your problems with your realtor. You want to feel like any type of inquiry is welcome and you want to make sure that your realtor knows that. Choose a realtor that communicates with you efficiently and thoroughly so you understand what they’re saying. You wouldn’t want to buy a house and not understand a single word your realtor is saying about it.
- Make sure you like your realtor
The bottom line is this: you need to make sure you actually like your realtor. Do you like the way they work? Do you like the way they handle you as a customer? Are you satisfied with how they communicate with you? At the end of the day it’s about how well you get along with your realtor. You’re going to be in contact with them for quite a while, so it’s best to make sure that your relationship with them is healthy and good! Look for qualities you admire in a workmate, and see if your realtor fits into that category. Get a realtor that you like, and everything will fall into place.