Choosing a real estate agent that is not compatible with you, or your needs, can result in a very unpleasant experience. Obviously, the importance of a competent, responsive, and compassionate agent cannot be emphasized enough but it is quite challenging to determine from direct mail postcards, online ads, sponsored public benches or yard signs, which agent is the best for YOU. Every real estate agent boasts a portfolio with their own knowledge, skill, and ability but with the time you'll spend with your agent, you want to ensure their knowledge, skill, and ability is one you can trust and feel comfortable with. The selection process can sometimes be daunting but to help avoid problems, here's some steps you can take:
Research: Obviously, right? This is the #1 step to take that can easily be done by seeking out referrals from your family, friends, and social media networks. Talk in depth with people you know who worked with a real estate agent. Ask questions like: Would you use them again? How efficient were they through the process? What were their strengths/weaknesses? Their experiences, good or bad, are a great way to help you determine if an agent is right for you.
Interview the Agent: It is also important that you meet with potential agents in person to interview them. These people will be alongside of you assisting you to make important decisions about the biggest investment of your life. You want to ensure that the real estate agent you choose can see your vision and wants to enthusiastically help you reach your goals. Ask lots of questions before you visit any properties with them. This meeting with the agent will give you the opportunity to learn more about their strategy, skills, and equally important - personality.
Follow your gut: Once you have narrowed down your choices based on facts and other people's opinions, it is necessary to pay close attention to your own thoughts and feelings. Do you feel comfortable with them? Do you feel they will be the best advocate for you? Since you are going to spend a lot of time communicating and getting personal with your agent, getting along with him or her will make the journey or home buying/selling a much easier.