Are you looking for your first home? Are you looking for an upgrade to the home you currently have? Are you looking for investment property or a place to rent? No matter what you are looking for when it comes to real estate experience and character are the things you want to find in your real estate agent. Without these two things the biggest purchase of your life can become the biggest nightmare you have ever had. How do you find a real estate agent with these characteristics?
Real Estate Agents with experience and character have a good reputation. Now this doesn’t mean everyone in town will like them, but if you ask around you can find out very quickly what the general thought is about an agent. This is easier to do in small towns than it is in large one where agents move from place to place. In towns large and small you can check out an agent/company’s reviews online. Go to Google and type in the company or agent’s name and see what comes up. You can also contact the board of Realtors and ask about a Real Estate Agent’s conduct.
Real Estate Agents with experience and character will be able to answer your questions, even when the answer isn’t what you want to hear. A professional agent will be able to answer your questions without having to always look things up. Be prepared when you go in to meet with them to ask questions that are challenging and will help you become a better informed consumer. If they are quick to answer these questions and seem to do a good job at them, there is a good chance you are dealing with someone with experience and character.
Real Estate Agents with experience and character have an online presence where they share their knowledge with others. Today the internet is the number one place we go for information. In order to be an expert in almost any field you must have an online presence. If your agent doesn’t have this presence or they seem ill prepared in terms of technology then beware that you might be dealing with someone who is either just getting started or really doesn’t know their stuff. People who have knowledge should be willing to share it.
If you are in a search for a Agent then you should keep these things in mind. In today’s economy there are so many pitfalls a person can fall into when it comes to the market. Make sure the person you choose to represent you is qualified and willing to be your advocate. Their job is to be your fiduciary, that means they are to look out for your needs over their own.