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How to Pick the Perfect Real Estate Agent

picking-a-real-estate-agentFor sellers, working with the wrong real estate agent means their home will spend a longer time sitting on the market, while for buyers it means wasted time searching for a home. To avoid these unnecessary hassles, take the time to find the perfect real estate agent for you right from the get go. Here are some tips to get started:

Look at their current listings.

When it comes to selling real estate, it’s all about the presentation. Before you officially sign with a real estate agent, take a look at the current listings he or she has posted. Make sure the images are high quality, and the description of the home is thorough, painting a picture in every potential buyer’s head. Remember, first impressions matter in this industry, so the effort that your real estate puts into creating online listings is essential to success.

Ask about the neighborhood.

Whether you’re looking for a real estate agent to buy or sell, neighborhood knowledge is important. If you’re a buyer, quiz the potential agent on the neighborhoods you’re interested in to test his or her knowledge. Sellers should make sure the agent is familiar with the area their home is in, to ensure he knows how to properly value and pitch the home to potential buyers.

Communication is key.

In real estate, communication is key to landing the best deal quickly. Talk with potential real estate agents on their preferred methods of communication and make sure you’re on the same page. If you’re unavailable by phone during business hours, make sure the agent is comfortable texting or emailing you updates to get quick answers and approvals. If you have trouble setting up a meeting with them initially, turn around and run, because that’s a sign of bad things to come.

Ask for advice.

For sellers, it’s important to talk to potential real estate agents about what can be done to spruce up a home for sale. See what advice they give you about updating paint colors, moving furniture around, or even hiring a stager. A good real estate agent will walk you through the home room by room giving you tips in each area to up the selling price of your home. If a real estate agent can’t do this for you, it’s best to keep looking.

Trust your instinct.

The person you hire to sell your home or help you find a new one needs to be someone you trust and generally get along with. If you don’t get a good vibe from a real estate agent, there’s no reason to go against your intuition and work with him or her. Find one who you get along with who can also get the job done!

Ready to work with an experienced, professional team of real estate agents? Whether you’re buying or selling, it’s time to contact our real estate experts at Coast 2 Coast Realty.

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