Every one of us wishes to shop only the best, whatever the thing we may purchase. And that too, when it comes for a real estate property which includes huge investment, we strive hard to get the best out of all that fits all our requirements at an optimum cost. In this process, a role of a real estate agent is immense.
In reality, Real estate agents presenting themselves via online ads, yard signs, direct-mail postcards and also at times through sponsored public benches. So, it is necessary to know-how to cut through the hype and find the best one. You may be a seller intended to sell your home or a buyer in search of your dream home, there are seven ways which you can follow to find out a real estate agent prior you hire them. They are listed below
- Discuss with their recent customers
- Check out their license information
- Go with a choice of a winner
- Make a choice of an agent with the exact credentials
- Undergo research to know about the agent’s profile
- Take a glance at their current listings
- Check out for other neighbor-houses listed for sale.
Discuss with their recent customers
Ron Phipps, The National Association of Realtors or NAR’S past president, says that it is recommended to ask agents to furnish complete details of those real estate properties that they have listed and sold by them in the recent years along with the contact information. Before you try contacting those people with whom you choice of agent has already worked with, check with them whether they will be “Particularly disappointed or particularly pleased”.
Also, if you are planning to sell your property, then check with them regarding their previous clients with whom they have dealt already to understand their specialization. To do the same, you can question them as if they have come across any clients who are similar to yours in respect of location, price and other salient features.
Check out their license information
In every state in the country, there will be a board that issues license to the realtors and regulates their functions. So, while planning to hire a real estate agent, it is advisable to check with respective state’s real estate regulatory body to trace out information regarding the prospective agent such as their license details, if there are any complaints or disciplinary actions taken against them.
Go with a choice of a winner
It is good to go with the choice of a realtor who has awarded with “Realtor of the year” either by the local branch of The National Association of Realtors or state regulatory body. Such designation awarded realtors are generally considered as a huge endorsement and judged as best by their peers.
Make a choice of an agent with the exact credentials
Similar to doctor, real estate agents do have specialties. Generalists will also get additional training in certain areas. So, you can check regarding your agent’s additional real estate category specialization training undergone details from their indication specified after their name. Each acronym behind their name specifies a particular category of real estate sales.
- CRS refers to the Certified Residential Specialist who are those realtors completed training to handle especially residential real estate properties.
- ABR refers to the Accredited Buyer’s Representatives who finished additional training to represent buyers in a deal.
- SRES refers to Seniors Real Estate Specialists who completed education with the objective of offering service to sellers and buyers above the 50-plus age range.
Undergo research to know about the agent’s profile
A state realtor licensing authority will able to tell how long your prospective agent has been in this business or else you can check directly with the agent. It is advisable to hire those realtors who are into this business for more than 5 years.
Take a glance at their current listings
Most buyers begin their research online where they can find database of real estate properties that are listed for sale. This will help you understand how the agent’s listing mirror the preferred choice of property that you prefer to buy or sell. A healthy business of a realtor can also be ascertained by the enough listings they make.
Check out for other neighbor-houses listed for sale
A good real estate agent must have enough knowledge regarding the neighbour-houses that are listed for sale and are sold recently. So, you can raise questions regarding the same to understand their proficiency.