Whether you are planning to buy a new home or sell your old home, you would now want to hire a real estate agent. A good real estate agent would be able to guide you through the entire process of buying and selling helping you make the most out of informed decisions possible. However not all agents are said to be the same so it’s obvious that you would want to do some research while deciding whom you really want to choose. The following 10 tips would help you find a good Realtor for your apartment or home.
Look local: The realtor you are planning to choose is the one who would be representing you and your property. So it does become important to choose the an agent who know the area you are planning to sell in, knows the other properties that are in sale and the last but not the least the properties that have been sold out recently. The reason why it is important for you to gain the required information is because the other properties in your area could be a great competitor for you and it’s always good for you when you know what you are up against.
Looking out for some reviews: You could here get a good idea about the reputation of a real estate agent you are planning to hire by looking up for the reviews there online. There are many number of websites made available online where you could read reviews that are posted by the past clients on the websites like Zillow, Mouthshut, Trulia and the last but not the least even yelp. And while looking out for some reviews it’s obvious that there would always be one or two reviews for the agents who have been around for a longer period of time, but you would probably want to stay away from the agents with overwhelmingly negative review averages.
Making sure that the agent is working full time: There are realtors who just practice part time. You would here want to work with someone who is fully committed to their job. Full time real agents are more likely to follow the real estate industry more closely in order to be informed about the changes in the market. As a buyer you would here know that the agent is aware of all the new listings on any specific website.
Getting a Referral for your apartment or home: Friends, neighbours and the co-workers are often said to be a good source when it comes to referrals. So try and get as many details as possible about their buying and selling process with a specific agent. Were they happy with the services been offered? Would they be using the realtor again? You could also check for the yellow pages or search in the internet in order to scope out various options and find some good leads for your apartment or home.
Asking for the other houses that are for a sale nearby: A good agent should always know what other properties are available for sale in that specific area. Mention a house that was for sale and was recently sold by the realtor in your area. If the agent knows the property and could give you a few details, this would mean that he or she knows your area and you have choosen the right person for your home or apartment.
To conclude if you are planning to sell a home or an apartment and are planning to hire a realtor for your property, then be sure to use these five major tips in order to know if you have found the right real estate agent for you or not.
Jain Dias is an experienced marketing executive in real-estate industry and he mainly focused on Luxury Villas in Bangalore. He has been writing articles covering a wide range of topics in terms of mortgage and housing markets.