We know that picking a real estate agent is a huge step towards achieving your home buying or selling goals. We also know that choosing the right real estate agent can be pretty difficult. In a jungle of Realtors, it is important to find the right one for YOU. So, we narrowed down the top qualities that you should look for in a Realtor.
There's no right or wrong personality that your Realtor should have as long as it's one that you can easily get along with again and again. You are going to be spending a lot of time with your agent and he or she is going to play a big role in helping you find your perfect home. Therefore, your agent should be someone that you trust, understand, and that they understand you. So, be sure that your Realtor's personality is one that you wouldn't mind being around.
Whether you are buying or selling, it is going to be extremely stressful if your agent is not good a communicator. In a fast moving market, having a Realtor that is quick to respond and to let you know what is going on is so important. Therefore, choose an agent that is open, honest, and responsive!
#3 Overall experience
If you've never purchased a home before, choosing a Realtor that knows all of the tips and tricks is going to be super beneficial to you. After all, the home buying process is one of the most significant decisions in your life. Don't be afraid to ask the tough questions. If your Realtor can't seamlessly and confidently answer your questions, you know that he or she has adequate experience in the real estate process.
If you are unable to get a word in when talking to an agent, there's a good chance that he or she is not actually listening to you. When searching for the right Realtor, one should consider the ability to understand your wants, needs, and what it takes to reach your goals. When an agent truly understands you, every move that he or she makes is to benefit you and only you. Being client motivated is the biggest difference between a ROCKSTAR Realtor and an Average Joe.
#5 Ability to adapt
A good Realtor has the ability to adapt to your needs. Whether its communication preference or a change in home features, the right real estate agent has the ability to adjust the existing plan in order to help you reach your goals. Do not settle for an agent that is not willing to go the extra mile to meet your needs.
#6 Positive reviews
This one might be common knowledge, but a top Realtor is going to have many positive reviews. Reviews are a great source of reference because each comes from a unique perspective that is fairly similar to your own. If past clients highly recommend an agent, you can expect a positive experience. On the other hand, if your agent feels reluctant to give you the names of their last 15 clients (as in the last 15 and not a selected 15) as a means of reference, chances are you can probably find a better agent.
At the end of the day, finding the right Realtor can make a big difference in your home buying or selling experience. We recommend that you take the time to ask the big questions, interview potential agents, and give them all a thorough review before selecting one. Buying or selling a home can be a beautiful experience. Make sure it's a positive one by choosing a Realtor with those 6 qualities.
References: Carly Jacobs and Tara Mastroeni