When you are looking for a real estate agent, you obviously want to choose the best person. But because there are so many of them in the industry, the task of finding the best realtor has become more difficult than you think. Whether you are a seller or a buyer, here are some tips that you can find helpful when looking for a real estate agent:
- Ask agents for personal references.
During your interview, ask each agent for a list of what they have sold in the past year with the contact information of their previous clients. Reach out to their former clients to know if they are pleased or disappointed with the service of the applicants. What they say about the quality of service they received from the applicants will give you an idea how they will work for you if you will hire them.
- Check their license
Every realtor should be certified by a regulatory board of each state. Take time to communicate with the regulatory body if the applicants have a valid license and if they received complaints about the agents’ behavior. If an agent doesn’t have a license to practice as a realtor and/or has been complaining about any reason, it is a red flag for you not to hire him.
- Ask for their awards
Normally, brokerage companies hold awards night on periodic schedules to distinguish the accomplishments of their employees. You can ask the applicants what awards they received from their company. A “Realtor of the Year” award will certainly add color to their resumes.
- Choose an agent with the right credentials
Look for their academic credentials first. It helps if they are a degree holder of business-related courses such as business administration, real estates, accountancy, and economics. Also look for their designations as a real estate agent which can be categorized as CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) who specializes in handling residential real estate, ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative) is an expert in representing buyers, and SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist) who specializes in representing both the buyers and the sellers in the 50-plus age range.
- Research how long they are working as realtor
You can ask the agent how long he has been working in his position. If you want to verify his claim, you can reach out to the state licensing authority. Their experience has a lot to do with how knowledgeable they are about the buying and selling transactions in the real estate industry.
When looking for a real estate agent, find someone who has the experience selling the same type of property that you have, who is knowledgeable of all the transactions and documents needed and who shows professionalism to work for your best interest.