The internet provides home buyers and sellers more information than ever available before about Real Estate but it doesn’t help you to choose the right real estate agent to work for you and your family. A good agent can make the process simple and straightforward. The wrong real estate agent can miss the details and mangle the transaction, leaving you open to legal and financial problems that will be tough to deal with and very stressful. Make sure to give serious thought to finding a real estate agent who will help you buy or sell a home.
Recommendations Are Huge
Ask around and get recommendations from friends and family. You can see online reviews very easily now. Also make sure to see which agents are buying and selling the most homes in your neighborhood.
Kick the Tires a Bit
Interview multiple agents to find the which one fits your style and will be the most responsive to your concerns. Find out how many listings each of the agents have and if they’ve bought or sold in your area. Find out how you will communicate with them in the future. If you are selling, find out how they will market your home.
Beware When an Agent Suggests A Very High price for Your Home
Agents all look at the same data when deciding on what you should sell your home for so beware of an agent who is too high. Are they trying to sell or get a larger commission? Maybe they don’t know how to read the data? You don’t want your home on the market for “too long” or people will think there is something wrong with it!
Beware of the Part Time Agent
If you are not in the real estate market every day you won’t know what the full time professional real estate agents know. Your agent need to be on the cutting edge and be available to find you listing to look at or be available to show the home quickly to prospective buyers.
Beware Hiring a Relative
If the agent is a successful agent who buys and sells in your neighborhood all the time AND they are a relative… that’s a great combination. If they are a relative and just starting out or not familiar with the area… be careful!
Beware of Agents That Don’t Know the Area/Neighborhood
Real Estate can be a very local business! An expert real estate agent who knows and works in your area knows all the little nuances that can get you a better deal. An agent who is well connected knows of things before they become official.
Beware of Agents Who Charge Lower Commissions
Average commissions are 5 to 7 percent and split between the buying and selling agents. If the commission on your house is lower than normal then fewer agents will want to show it. There are reasons for negotiation of fees but don’t make that the reason you choose one agent over another.
Tom Reese has 20+ years experience in helping his clients buy and sell properties. Tom has helped his clients buy and sell property in every neighborhood in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati.
About Tom Reese
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