What to Consider When Choosing a Real Estate Agent

With roughly 2 million real estate agents in the United States, it can be easy to question how to pick the right agent. When it comes to buying or selling a home, how do you know how to pick the right person? There are a few factors you should consider when finding an agent to help you with what is for most, the largest transaction of their life.

Consistent Communication

 The way an agent communicates with you can be very telling of how committed they will be to you as their client. Did it take them hours and days to respond to your initial inquiry, or did you get a response back within just a few minutes? When speaking to an agent on the phone, do they sound confident in what they do and the market area you’re looking in? Does the agent ask the proper questions to really dive into your real estate needs? You’ll want to feel sure that the agent is quick and effective in how they communicate to you.

Get On Social Media

The overwhelming majority has some sort of social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.). Successful agents know that social media has become a necessity when it comes to engaging clients and marketing listings. Get on social media and search the agents you have in mind. Doing this will allow you to see their current and previous listings, the quality of the photography, how they interact with clients and friends, and how committed they are to their business.

Do Some Market Research

Have you driven around your area and noticed any “For Sale” or “Sold” signs on the lawn? Take a deeper look and pay attention to any repeat names on the signs. You may start to notice an agent’s name that pops up more than others. This can likely signify that they’re knowledgeable on that market area being they’re doing a lot of business there. If you see an “Open House” sign, pop into the open house and see how the agent interacts with you and other buyers. Are they professional? Are they passionate and informative in describing the seller’s home? After all, you’re going to want them to be that way for you!

 

Overall, the agent you’re considering should have familiarity with the local area you’re listing/buying in and always have a clear and effective marketing plan. They should ask questions about your home or questions about what you’re looking for in a home so that they fully understand your real estate needs. They should be friendly and approachable and always put your needs above theirs when it comes to doing business!

 

Jaclyn Moraitis
Real Estate Salesperson
Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty
187 Park Avenue, Huntington
631.427.6600
516.650.6777 cell

 

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