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Real Estate 101: Choosing Your Real Estate Agent

Posted 07/07/2017  | 

Real Estate 101: Choosing Your Real Estate Agent

 

Whether you’re buying or selling, choosing a real estate agent can be the most important part of the entire process. There are so many agents out there, but how do you find the right one? We’ve put together 3 simple steps that will help you find the perfect agent.

 

  1. Shop Around.

You do this with every other purchase you make, so why wouldn’t you do it with your real estate agent? Many people seem to believe that once you’ve used an agent in the past you’re locked into using them again, but you’re not. If the last time you bought or sold was an unpleasant experience then find someone else. We recommend that you always talk to multiple agents and ask them as many questions as possible. Ask them about their negotiation skills, ask them about how they will market your home, ask them to show you their previous work. Finally, don’t lock into using an agent the first time you meet them. Give yourself time to decide, you shouldn’t feel pressured into a decision.

 

  1. Find Someone You Trust.

Finding someone you trust is essential. Buying or selling a home is for many the largest financial transaction of their lives. Having someone you trust is imperative. You could be working alongside your agent for an extended period as your home goes through the ebb and flow of the market. Your agent should always put you first and have your best interests at heart.

 

  1. Get Other Opinions.

Getting other opinions can be a mixed bag (that’s why it’s #3 on the list), but often other people’s experiences show a good trend of how the agent has performed with previous clients. Ask family members and friends if there is anyone they recommend, and read reviews online (we recommend using Zillow.com, Realtor.com, and Facebook for helpful reviews).

 

This is by no means an exhaustive list but will put you on a great path to finding the perfect agent to represent you. At Goldstone we would love to help you as you search for an agent, here’s a list of our agents to help find your ideal fit.

 

 

 

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