Real estate agents are the backbone of all real estate transactions. The most common question asked by buyers and sellers is how to find the best real estate agent to assist them throughout their transaction. A real estate agent should be experienced, knowledgeable, professional and understand your needs. Here are a few things to pay attention to when searching for the right real estate professional.
1. Referrals and Recommendations
Identifying high quality real estate professionals is easiest through referrals. Successful real estate agents routinely have satisfied clients who trust them and suggest them to people they know. Ask your family, neighbors, and friends who have recently used a real estate agent about their experience. This is a great starting point in making your decision. Keep in mind, just because one individual connected with their agent and had a good experience does not guarantee you will as well. It is important to interview multiple agents to ensure you find the one that compliments your personality.
2. Explore an agent’s social media and website
Today, it's easier than ever to research real estate agents in your area, thanks to the internet. Do a quick google search of top real estate companies/agents in your area and see what appears. Explore their social media platforms and website. This will give you an idea of their personality and organization.
3. REALTOR signs within your neighborhood
Often as you drive throughout your neighborhood, you will see signs for real estate agents and companies. These signs are usually outside homes for sale or that have sold. You can make a note of the names of the real estate agents. Agents who sell properties in your neighborhood could benefit you as they likely have intimate knowledge of the current market conditions and property values.