Whether you are buying or selling a home, partnering with the right realtor can be critical to optimizing outcomes. And quite frankly, it can be a great way to help minimize the stress that sometimes comes with real estate transactions.
What’s in a job title?
Before searching, it’s important to understand the industry qualifications of the realtor you are hiring. When looking for help in purchasing or selling your home, there are three different types of professionals who can help you. Know the difference:
The best way to find a realtor is to have a referral from a trusted friend, family member, or your professional network. Don’t just take a name and run with the referral. Take time to ask questions: What is the relationship of the referral source to the realtor? Did the realtor work with them through a full transaction? What were the strengths and potential pitfalls of working with the Realtor?
There are so many online resources to find a realtor. To get started, try Realtor.com or Zillow. Click around once you are on these sites to learn of realtor experience, reviews, current listings, volume, etc. You can also drill down further and search realtor names on LinkedIn – the world’s number one professional networking site.
Interview Prospective Realtors
You are about to trust this individual, as well as the brokerage he represents, to help you navigate a significant life investment or sale of property in which you have specific goals.
The first key here is if the prospective realtor will take the time to meet with you and how they handle themselves with answering your questions.
Remember, you are hiring a professional to help you through a personal/business transaction that has financial and lifetime significance. Take time to ensure that your prospects demonstrate superb communication and negotiation skills, professional ethics, integrity and a true passion for helping clients get to the finish line.
Feel free to contact me with any questions. I am happy to help.
Chris Smith Realty