For smoother and stress-free dealings in real estate, take time to find the right professional to work with. A qualified and accomplished Realtor who understands the local market, listens to your needs and concerns, and performs ethically and with integrity will significantly work in your favor.
Here are essential tips to help you choose the right agent:
- Research on top real estate companies in your area
Start your search strong by looking up reputable real estate firms that serve your area. In Douglas County, CO, for example, the team of expert Realtors behind Weichert, Realtors – Professionals offers a high level of service that helps customers meet or even exceed their real estate goals.
- Attend open houses
Early on in the home buying process, visit a few open houses to see real estate professionals at work, up close and personal. What you observe at these events can inform you of your own preferences and standards when it comes to the agent that you would eventually want to work with.
- Check credentials and specializations
The real estate industry is a wide and varied field. The best in the business invest in additional learning and training to become more effective service providers for specific areas and concerns.
For example, there are agents who specialize in residential real estate (Certified Residential Specialist or CRS), agents who are adept at representing real estate buyers (Accredited Buyer’s Representative or ABR), and agents who provide specialized services for mature adults (Seniors Real Estate Representative or SRES).
Once you know what you want out of your real estate transaction, you will have an easier time looking for a specialist who can address your needs.
- Browse the agent’s current listings
An agent’s portfolio of listings can tell a lot about how they can match your needs. In addition to areas of service, property type specializations, and listing price range, also consider how many listings they are managing. Remember, an abundance of listings can suggest a high rate of productivity. However, it could also mean that the agent’s attention is divided among several customers at the same time.
- Read client testimonials and feedback
Client feedback also says much about an agent’s level of expertise in their work. While researching agents’ profiles and websites, look for actual testimonials from previous clients. If their contact information is provided, reach out to these individuals so you can learn more about their experience.
- Look into an agent’s license and record of disciplinary action
If you want to be thorough with your research, do some digging at your local government’s real estate regulatory body. Look into your prospective agent’s license and see if there are records of complaints or disciplinary action.
- Know the difference between a real estate agent and a Realtor
While all Realtors perform the roles of a real estate agent, not all agents are Realtors. The latter is an official certification bestowed on members of the National Association of Realtors. This group follows a standardized Code of Ethics that ensures only the best business practices.
Let’s make your real estate goals in Castle Rock, Aurora, or Parker, CO a reality. Call me, Douglas County Realtor Sacha Faxon, at 720-940-0099 or inquire via email at Sacha(at)SachaSellsDenver(dotted)com today.