Ever wondered how to figure out which Realtor you should work with? Or, do you just work with the one that answers the phone when you call about a house you liked? Before you just work with any Realtor – interview and find the best one for the job!
Some things to consider before you hire an agent…
Your Style –
Find out how the agent likes to work. Are you a “Tech Guy” who wants the agent to be online on text all the time? Or, are you someone who wants a phone call? Or, maybe you only want to talk about things face to face. How will your agent work with you?
Office Support –
Everyone goes on vacation or takes a personal day from time to time – even your Realtor. Who is going to help out while you are gone? Who is going to answer your questions? Make sure your agent has a support system in place to make sure your home purchase goes through smoothly.
Has your agent had any formal training to negotiate on your behalf? What in office training have they attended? Are they graduates of the Floyd Wickman program? Does your agent have any designations? What do they specialize in? You don’t want a condo guy trying to sell Farm & Ranch properties.
Pricing Ability –
How does your agent price property? Is your agent using an Absorption Rate Pricing Guide? Can they explain why this method is the best method in this economic climate?
References – Check them out online! What are people saying about them on Facebook? Linked In? ActiveRain? Yelp? TREC (Texas Real Estate Commission) Ask for references!
Does the agent embrace technology? Can an offer be emailed to you or do you have to drive to the office to review every document? Does your agent use Realtor.com and add all possible photos? Does your agent know how to create video? Can your agent set you up to know every home that comes on the market in Bryan College Station the same day or do you have to call and ask after you see a sign in the yard? Does the agent use one phone number that you can call for recorded information about EVERY home for sale in Bryan College Station 24 hours a day no matter who has it listed for sale? (Try out 979-764-2121 and you can hear about all Bryan College Station Homes for Sale 24 Hours a day)
Is a new Realtor better or should you choose an older experienced on? Experience can be good BUT times change. You don’t want to work with an agent who isn’t keeping up with the changing market! Make sure you are working with someone who is continuing their education and is actually WORKING in the market.
Century 21 Beal, Inc.