Real estate agents are the backbone of any profitable and secure real estate transaction. The old saying that ’20% of the real estate agents do 80% of the real estate business,” is very true. The most important question for those of you trying to sell or buy a house is how to find real estate agents that are well worth their price.
The good news first. A good real estate agent doesn’t always need to be paid a big chunk as brokerage. But, a good agent definitely needs to be experienced, patient, know the market and a professional that’ll understand your needs and conduct themselves in a suitable manner. Having established these points, here are five things to look out for in your search for good real estate agents.
1. Difference between Realtors and Real Estate Agents
First and foremost; realtors are professionals who have the license to sell properties as agents or brokers. However, every real estate agent is NOT a realtor. Only those who display the REALTOR® logo are authentic realtors. Also, they are members of the National Association of Realtors and have taken pledge to abide by the Code of Ethics.
2. Referrals and Recommendations
The best way to find good real estate agents is through referrals. Successful real estate agents often have several satisfied customers who recommended them to people they know. Asking your friends, neighbors, colleagues etc. who have used real estate agents about their experience with the agents will help you decide if you should opt for that broker. Remember a successful agent will make client satisfaction his/her main priority and will always try to put his/her customer’s needs before his/her own. Bottom-line: try to search for a real estate agent who believes in doing more than just what is expected of him/her.
3. Check Out Agent Listings Online
Today, it’s easier than ever before to locate a good real estate agent in your neighborhood. This, thanks to the Internet. With several websites referring brokers/agents to visitors, there may be some problems related to quality of service. Because these agents pay fee to become members of the directories on these sites, their listing may not always be fair. Instead, try ‘googling’ the top brokers in your area and narrow down agents whose experience match with your requirements. Don’t forget to read the customer testimonials before making up your mind.
4. Look for Neighborhood Signs
Often as you drive down along your neighborhood, you come across signs displaying name of realtors, agents/brokers. These signs may be outside properties sold, or available for sale. You can make note of the names of the real estate agents. Oftentimes, the agents that sell properties fast are better for your needs as compared to those who display the largest signs.
5. Track Print Ads
Typically, most real estate agents get property ads printed in newspapers. The two main reasons for doing this are: a) to sell properties b) to generate leads. A thorough look in your Sunday paper specific to your neighborhood can help you list real estate agents effective in your areas. You can then call these professionals and ask questions related to your issue.