Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Finding the Right Agent for You

I bet that at least a few of you out there have never worked with a real estate agent. Maybe you have, but you weren't satisfied with your experience. Well, I'm about to give you some tips on how to find the right agent for you. Let's get started.
Certain careers offer the possibility to become a specialist, and real estate is one of those careers. They offer specialties like: 
CRS (Certified Residential Specialist): Completed additional training in handling residential real estate.
ABR (Accredited Buyer's Representative): Completed additional education in representing buyers in transactions.
SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist): Completed training aimed at helping buyers and sellers in the 50-plus age range.

Don't focus on those titles too much, though. Like I said, those are specialties. The thing you want to look for is the word Realtor, with a capital R (or all caps). If the agent you're looking at is a Realtor, that means they're a part of the NAR (National Association of Realtors). Knowing they're a part of this organization is nice because that means they have pledged to follow the code of ethics. 

If you want to know about an agents ethics, ask around. Chances are you know somebody that has worked with the agent or somebody that knows the agent. I see quite a few people post on social media sites like Facebook asking if anybody knows a good agent. When making your decison, make sure you have an agent that will put your needs over their desire for money. 
You should also look at the photos the agent takes. Find other properties they have listed and look at the photos they used. If those photos aren't high quality, yours won't be either!!! Most agents I know take their own photos, but some might hire a professional photographer. Their job is to make your home look great. Let them do some staging. They might adjust where your coffee table is or move things in the bathroom, but it's in your best interest. Also, don't be alarmed if an agent takes out their phone! This is the age of social media, and they're probably going to take those photos and post them on Instagram or something similar. 
Check out their company page and see how much advertising they give their other listings. If they're not doing anything to promote the home, it will take a very long time to sell. Look into how long they've been an agent, also. Don't disregard the newbies, because all the agents started somewhere. If you're a first time home buyer, I suggest you go with somebody who has a little more experience, just to be safe, or one that works closely with their broker. Also, family friends aren't always the best agents! Picking them just because you know who they are, doesn't always mean they're the right choice for you.If you do your research, you shouldn't have anything to worry about. Just remember to be cautious and pick the agent that fits you best.
 Don't be afraid to leave a comment with any questions you have! Keep Dreaming!~Skye

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