What to Look for in a Realtor®

Whether you’re planning on buying or selling a home, you’re going to need the help of an experienced agent in order to make your real estate experience a positive one, with the least stress and hassle possible. While there are handfuls of Realtors® in your area, it’s important to understand not all of them are created equal. Finding a real estate agent who fits the needs of your unique situation can be a challenge, so here are some tips regarding what to look for in a Realtor®.

First, it’s critical you choose an agent who has time for you. While it’s impressive that a potential agent handles many clients at a time, it doesn’t mean much if you’re constantly struggling to get in contact with your Realtor®. When you’re in the middle of the interview process, ask questions about how many clients the agent serves at a time. Gather information on how to best get in touch and ask the agent about the degree of difficulty in maintaining the level of contact that you need.

Seek out an agent with a network. It’s a good idea to work with someone who knows the area and has several professional relationships with businesses nearby. This includes inspectors, handymen, and contractors. You want an agent who comes into your life fully prepared to handle anything that arises when it comes time to buy or sell a home. An agent who “knows someone” for any situation will prove to be a very helpful asset.

Your agent needs to be up to speed with current technology. While the idea of an old-fashioned agent sounds pleasant, it isn’t. The world of real estate has fully immersed itself in digital technology and having an agent who is skilled at navigating online listings and other tools will be a great help to you. An agent who’s too far behind modern times is going to be slower to respond to your messages and might miss out on home listings if they’re relying on information which isn’t on the web.

Take a look at your potential agent’s reviews from past and present clients. People who’ve worked with this agent recently are going to be able to offer valuable information regarding the way this person works. The very best type of exposure has always been word of mouth, and it’s no different when it comes to real estate. If past clients are satisfied with the work a potential Realtor® has done for them, there’s a good chance you’ll be happy working with him/her as well.

Finding the right real estate agent is important when it comes to buying or selling a home. There are many elements to consider, but if you take the time to make an educated decision, your home-buying or selling experience is going to run a lot smoother than it would with a random choice. For more on selecting a Realtor®, check out this article at RealtyTimes.

Let my team at Keystone Realtors® meet all your real estate needs. I have over 16 years of experience in buying and selling in the Santa Clara and San Mateo County areas, specializing in the high-end, luxury market. Visit our website at https://www.paulphangureh.com/for listings and information. You can contact me at 650-924-2544, or email at paul@paulphangureh.com.

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