First, find an agent who works full-time. A full-time agent can be available when the client is available. They are also more available for other agents who may have clients interested in the home. Additionally, a full-time agent is likely to have only one job and they have a greater need to make the sale than a part-time agent.
Second, find a well credentialed agent. A broker typically has more experience than an agent. A realtor belongs to a national association that has an ethical standard. This gives the buyer or seller an extra layer of insurance that the person they are working with has a solid ethical standard.
Third, make sure the agent isn’t a dual agent. This is less common than it used to be. While most agents work equally effectively as a buyer or a seller’s agent, it’s important that they only be acting as one on any given sale. If they have the listing for a home, they should not be the agent bringing in a buyer as well. This avoids any conflict of interest.
Fourth, the agent should work with the types of homes the client is looking for. A client looking at low-end foreclosures would not work well with an agent who specializes in high-end new homes. Likewise, someone selling a condominium may not get the best results from an agent who works primarily with single family homes.
Fifth, the real-estate agent should communicate effectively and listen to the client. There are many different styles of listening and speaking. The client should find an agent who communicates well with them. This includes taking the time to answer questions and address any concerns. No one should feel their agent doesn’t care about their needs.
Sixth, the real estate agent should have a network of inspectors, insurance agents and mortgage brokers they commonly work with and recommend. While it is not imperative to work with any of these people, it helps to know the agent can recommend a qualified professional.
There are many well-qualified real-estate agents who work very well with many customers. It’s important to know that no one agent works well with every single person. It is up to the client to make sure the agent is well qualified and able to work well with them.
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