I was reading some articles that friend's shared on my Facebook page and I realized that I completly skipped the ones that weren't in a bullet point format. Hiring your realtor in bullet points:
Hire someone you trust! Your realtor is your FIDUCIARY agent. It is my job to guide you and help you and protect you the way you would protect yourself if you had all the information and knowledge that I have. Hire someone you would most want to replace yourself with and put your needs before your wants, and your wants before his or her own, someone who is not afraid to give you the truth even if it stings a little. A fiduciary agent will put your best interests above his or her own. This is the most important thing to look for.
Hire someone that is different than the rest. When it comes to finding you a home, or selling your house, a realtor is basically going to do the same thing: pull a list of homes on MLS for you, find market value based on comparable properties, open houses, fliers, put your listed home on MLS, social media, and all that stuff. The thing that makes agents different are their ethics, their ability to negotiate for you, how much they care, and experience. Ask for references, check the department of real estate website to view complaints and how long the agent has been lisenced. Present a hypothetical ethical dilemma and see if the agent would handle it the way you would to make sure your ethics are in-line with the agent's.
Hire an agent with excellent referrals and retention. Ask the agent for a list of references and how many clients have chosen the agent for repeat business. Ask what complaints the agent has received either formal complaints, or just verbal. Business facebook pages, agent website, the department of real estate, and the brokerage are good places to verify.
Hire an agent that can negotiate for you, that won't back down, that will do whatever it takes in the best interest of you, the client. Ask your agent to cite examples of deals the agent has negotiated: purchase price, terms, lease agreements, realtor commissions are all negotiable terms. Be leary of the agent that agrees to reduced commissions because an agent that won't fight for his or her own livelihood is less likely to be firm in fighting for your own. Ask for agent's fee schedule and listen to the confidence he or she responds with, or if you don't get confidence, question that too.
Hire an agent that has experience. Ask your agent how many transactions he or she has closed and how many of each type (listing, buyer, commercial, leasing, etc...,) how long he or she has had his or her license, how long his or her license has been active. This does not mean that newly licensed agent isn't a good choice for you. Many new agents are so wrapped up in classes that they have a good deal of fresh information ready to spew at you. When dealing with a new agent or one without many transactions in his or her resume (ask for a resume) it is wise to ask the agent who is helping him or her, mentorship programs, team programs, training programs, etc so if there are any questions or concerns that need to be addressed, you can be assured there is someone else backing your new agent and supporting you.
Hire an agent that feels right for you. Listen to your instincts. Many of my clients become my friends. I work for clients that I like and I want to help and work hard for. There are bound to be issues if you don't like your agent. It seems like such an obvious issue to avoid, but it happens. Not every agent will be a good fit for you. Where you live is the biggest financial and daily investment you make for your personal life. Make it a good one by working with the right people.
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