About the Realtors

When you decide to purchase or sell a home, you need a competent Realtor that can represent you during the process. Listed below are five very important steps that will assist you in choosing the best Realtor for you.

1. It isn’t personal, but business related. As we all are aware, selling a house is quite difficult to do nowadays. Decide on selecting a full time Realtor that has a proven track record. At times, you may feel it pertinent to use a close friend or family member that owes you a favor. If then haven’t actively sold a home within the last 3 years, it would be wise to look elsewhere. Purchasing or selling a home is one of the largest transactions that you can do, so it is wise to treat it as a sound business decision.

2. Ask for referrals. Ask your family members, friends, and business associates to refer you to a Realtor. At least someone that you know or are acquainted with has had a positive experience with a Realtor. If they didn’t, they will certainly tell you which Realtors to avoid during your home selling or purchase. By asking for referrals, you will have firsthand knowledge on how well the Realtor will work for you.

3. Take the time to interview at least three Realtors. Many Realtors dislike this process due to the oversaturation and competitiveness of the industry. Nonetheless, competition is always healthy. When you meet with your potential Realtor, have them present their listings to you. Their listing presentation typically consists of the value of your property and/or the property you wish to purchase, various backgrounds, their marketing strategy, and their brokerage fees.

4. Is the best Realtor the highest producer? Never assume that just because a Realtor is the highest producer in the area gives the best service. Is it better to work with a decent Realtor that works with ten listings as opposed to 40? More than likely, you will experience better service if you decide to work with a Realtor that currently works with the ten listings. However, that isn’t always the case, but you can decipher that during the interview process. The bigger producer may sell ten homes per year between the $1 million and $2 million price range. If your home is currently worth $250,000, would you prefer to use a Realtor that sells thirty homes per year that are priced in the $200,000 to $400,000 price range?

5. Remember the old saying, “You get what you pay for.” It is apparent that you wish to save money where you can as much as the next person. However, when you are selling and/or purchasing a home, this may not always be the case. Typically, the discount brokerages usually do not work out that well. Talk to a person who has used a discount brokerage firm in the past and more than likely, they will typically will not have decent things to say from using them.