5 Helpful Hints for Choosing a Realtor

    Realtor shaking hands with buyer in front of a house.

    Purchasing and or selling a home is a huge task but it doesn’t have to be a daunting one. The key is choosing the right realtor. We’ve put together a list of what to look for when choosing a realtor to make your experience the best it can be!

    1. Knowledge of the Area: Having an agent that has lived and worked in the area for a significant amount of time will be extremely beneficial, especially if moving from out of state or area. They will have the best insight as to what specific neighborhoods are like, how the housing market has been and be able to find not only the best house but also the best area for your wants/needs.
       
    2. Check Their Credentials: Real Estate Agents can have specialties such as Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) who have additional training at helping homebuyers in the 50+ age range, or Military Specialist who have a better understanding of the processes and procedures with relocating. Choosing a specialist to fit your need will allow the agent to better assist you with questions you may have. House for Sale sign with a SOLD sign.
    3. Check Their Listings: While it may seem like an agent with a lot of listings is the popular choice, you want to be sure that your agent has time to make your listing or house hunt a priority. The more listings they have the less time they will have to spend on your needs. Agents should have a manageable amount of listings or you risk not being a priority.
       
    4. Experience: Find out how long they have been a realtor. If it has only been a few years, chances are, they are still figuring things out and the process may not be as smooth as someone who has been in the field longer. An agent fresh into the field will be learning on you and that is something you will want to consider if you are ok with.
    5. Couple signing a contract with their realtor.Personality: It is important that you find someone that is experienced but that you also mesh well with. A good agent will be in contact with you and you want to have a good feeling and be able to relate to them. Having that connection with the agent will build trust and you want to feel like the agent has your best interest in mind.

    Finding an experienced and trustworthy real estate agent will go a long way in getting you the best deal no matter whether you are the buyer or seller. 

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    13 Responses to “5 Helpful Hints for Choosing a Realtor”

    • Marcus Coons

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      I loved when you mentioned how you should find out how long someone has been a realtor before choosing them. It is important to understand that doing some research can help you find the best way to find the type of house for your needs. Personally, I would also want to take the time to read reviews so I can choose the best.

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    • Adrian Jones

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      It’s great you mentioned that a real estate agent should at least have knowledge of the area that they work in since they should be at least familiar with what to watch out for and what to spot when it comes to curious buyers who want to see a house make inquiries and ask questions. Another thing to consider is that you should ask about their experience since this is a determining factor that can make or break your decision of hiring them to be your assigned realtor when looking to avail of their services. If I had the chance to work in real estate I would want to make sure that I know as much of the area as I can because this is going to affect how well I could sell properties to potential customers.

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    • Dean Phillips

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      I really like how you said that a real estate agent will have an understanding of what specific neighborhoods are like. My wife and I are expecting our second child, so we want to move out of our apartment and into a house. It would be great if we could have a reputable real estate company to help us through the entire process.

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    • Amy Winters

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      My husband and I have been thinking about selling our house and moving to a bigger one as I am pregnant with my third baby. As I was reading your article, you state that real estate agents can have specialty training that can help you buy and sell a home. This is excellent information as I never knew they had any specialty training.

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    • Dean Phillips

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      I thought you made a great point when you said that you should hire a real estate agent that has worked in the area for a significant amount of time. My wife and I are expecting our third child, so we want to move out of our current house and into a bigger one. It would be great if we could get the help of a real estate agent to sell our current house and buy a new one.

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    • Taylor Bishop

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      Thanks for this advice for getting a good realtor. I’m glad that you mentioned you should see what listings the agent has, since the number of listings can show if they will have more or less time for you. Maybe you can also talk to the agent about the listings to get an idea if some just recently came up or if some will be closing soon.

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    • Daphne Gilpin

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      Thanks for the tip to consider the personality of the agents, since it’s important that we mesh well with them throughout the process. My husband and I want to find a larger home to purchase because our kids are growing up and need more space to themselves. I’m glad I read your article because you helped me feel a lot more prepared to choose the right real estate agent for our specific situation.

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    • Shayla Cademis

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      It makes sense that the more listing a real estate agent has, the less time they will be able to spend on an individual client. My husband and I are thinking of buying our first home together, and we want to find a good real estate agent to help us navigate the process since we’ve never gone through it before. Hopefully we can find an agent in our area who will prioritize helping us find the right property.

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    • Marcus Coons

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      I loved when you mentioned how choosing a real estate agent can help you know what the neighborhoods are like. It is important to understand that doing this can help you find the best house for your needs. We want to get a house because we just got another baby, so I wanted to find a reputable agent to help us with the process.

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    • Katie Wilson

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      Thanks for these tips on how to find a realtor. I agree that checking their experience would help you know they are qualified. My husband and I need help selling our home because he was just transferred for work, so we’ll have to check their qualifications first.

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    • Stefan Bradley

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      I will keep in mind that it is important for an agent to be properly acquainted with the area you are moving to so that they can provide effective insight. I will be moving soon with my family so it is important for us to find an agent that has experience living and working in the area that we will be moving to. We will make sure that the agent that we hire will have plenty of information and insight regarding our new location.

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    • Johnny McCarron

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      I like how you mentioned that a real estate agent should have a knowledge of the area. My wife and I are thinking of moving. Hopefully, we can find someone who’s familiar with where we end up going.

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    • Jeff Wilcox

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      I like the tip that you gave to choose a realtor who has the proper credentials. My wife and I have been talking about finding a realtor to help us with our home selling process, and it would be important for us to know that we could find one who we could trust in. If we do, I will be sure to look for one who has credentials, so we could be confident in our choice to hire them.

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