How Do I Find an Experienced Realtor?
Buying or selling real estate can be a daunting task and finding the right Realtor is an important step. You want someone who is knowledgeable, experienced and reliable. But how do you know if they have those qualities? And how do you find them in the first place? Doing thorough research and asking the right questions during your initial meeting with potential agents will help you make an informed decision. Here are some tips on how to find an experienced real estate agent and what questions you should ask before hiring them.
How do I find an Agent?
As is the case when researching most services these days, the internet can be a wonderful source of information and research when trying to find an agent. A great first step would be to search for agents in your area and look at Google Reviews to gauge previous customers’ experiences. Another great resource is Zillow, where you can view agent profiles and see their transaction history. You’ll be able to see how many deals they’ve closed recently, as well as the areas they tend to service the most.
Like anything else on the internet, take anonymous reviews with a grain of salt.
Conduct an Interview
Whether in-person, over the phone, or even via text message, contact prospective agents and chat with them about the market, their strategy, and their experience. There are many questions you can ask, but the following three questions will help you find an experienced real estate agent:
“What is Your Experience Level?”
The most important question to ask a potential realtor is about their experience level. Ask about their qualifications, certifications, and license. Experienced agents typically have more expertise in negotiation tactics, access to a larger pool of buyers and sellers, and more knowledge of local laws and ordinances. Additionally, experienced agents are more likely to have connections with other professionals in the industry such as lenders, inspectors, title companies, appraisers, etc. which will come in handy during the process of buying or selling a home.
“Do You Have Any Specialties or Niches?”
Real estate agents specialize in different areas of real estate such as residential properties or commercial properties. While many agents are well-versed in multiple types of properties, it’s also beneficial to find one that specializes in the type of property that interests you most since they will have detailed knowledge of that market segment. Another specialty could be working with first-time home buyers or investors looking for rental properties—it’s important to ask so that you can be sure you’re getting the most out of your agent’s expertise.
“What Services Do You Offer?”
In addition to finding out what experience level and specialties your potential agent has, it’s also essential to learn what services they offer throughout the process from start to finish. Do they provide virtual open houses? How do you market my home? Are they available for showings after business hours? Do they offer any additional services such as staging advice or closing assistance? Establishing a clear understanding up front regarding all services offered by your chosen real estate agent will help ensure an efficient transaction for both parties involved.
Finding an experienced real estate agent can seem like an intimidating task but asking the right questions will help guide you towards making an informed decision when selecting one that fits your needs best. Make sure to inquire about their experience level and specialties before anything else so that you can be sure that they have ample knowledge in whatever area interests you most when buying or selling a property and make sure that their services match your expectations so there are no surprises down the line! With these tips under your belt, picking the perfect realtor won’t be so daunting after all!
We are, of course, slightly biased about our team of agents, but we hand-pick the best agents to be a part of The Bybee Team. In 2022 alone, we transacted over $100,000,000 of real estate. We have agents who specialize in investment properties, new construction, buying, and selling. Call us at (801) 210-1461 and we will connect you with an agent who perfectly suits your needs!
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