FINDING AND WORKING WITH THE RIGHT AGENT

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Real Estate

Buying or selling a home is an exciting experience for anyone. There is the thrill of the hunt and the excitement of the deal. The whole process is enhanced by a good real estate agent who knows the ins and outs of the market. But with so many brokerages and agents out there to choose from, finding a perfect fit may be more of a challenge than you expected. Working with a top agent who is experienced and trustworthy can go a long way in ensuring your property sells at top dollar, or that you buy for the best price in the market.

1. Choose The Person, Not JUST The Experience:   You will be spending a lot of time with that agent and you need to mesh. Choose someone relatable and real. Choose for you, not for the house. Choose someone good at talking and negotiating. - Kevin Taylor, Sand to City Real Estate Team

2. Remember Chemistry Is Key:   It's best to interview at least three agents before picking the one you work with. Focus on neighborhood expertise; look for hyperlocal. 

3. Seek Referrals From Other Homeowners:   Despite the technology that seems to take over much of the searching for a home, the right real estate agent is still a human-to-human choice. Referral is best. 

4. Go With Your Gut Feeling:   Your brain uses logic and emotion when making a decision, and that specific feeling you get when doing so is your intuition — your gut feeling. If you're interviewing a real estate agent for the job, first look to see that they do a lot of business and have a lot of raving fans. Second, go with your gut feeling. If it feels right, he's the guy or gal for the job.

5. Find An Agent You Can Trust:   As the client, you begin the dialogue — but pay close attention to the agent or broker and how he/she listens and asks YOU questions. Most successful agents have access to the technology it takes to make your property seen or to find options for purchase, but it takes a human being to understand and work to achieve your specific goals. Take time to find a human you respect and trust.

6. Look For Passion, Conviction And Honesty:   Look at the agent’s work. The easiest and most valuable way is to review how they're marketing other properties. Look at their listing materials, website, brochures and signage. Pay attention to their personal appearance. Look for passion, conviction and honesty. You want your agent to tell you what it's going to take to get your home to sell faster and for the best price. - Brian Balduf, VHT Studios

7.  Look For Strong Core Values:   Whether it's business or pleasure, finding a good person all comes down to core values. Core values are important because you want to work with someone that plays by the same rules you do. 

8. Seek Clear Lines Of Communication  First and foremost, you need to feel completely comfortable talking and communicating with the real estate agent. If it feels awkward or if there is undue pressure placed on you by a real estate agent, this is not the right fit. - Sarnen Steinbarth,TurboTenant

9. Scour The Web For Info:   Just because you have a friend who has a friend who knows an agent doesn't mean you should necessarily work with this person. If you are considering an agent, Google them. Yelp them. Check out their website. Interview them. We are lucky to live in an age when there is so much information at our disposal, so use your resources. - Elizabeth Ann Stribling-Kivlan,stribling.com

10. Track Record And Inventory:   Great real estate investment sales brokers never show up out of nowhere. It takes a long time to build a track record that attracts quality inventory.