Most people that are selling their property feel that it would be advantageous to hire the services of a good real estate agent. But a large percentage of them also feel that it can be quite challenging to find one that ticks all the boxes. Here are some basic things to keep in view while hiring and working with a real estate agent:
It’s important that you carry out some research in your local area. Either walk around or drive through the neighbourhood and keep an eye out for real estate signs (especially ones that have ‘sold’ written on them). Check which agents’ names show up more often on these signs. Many people hire a selling agent based on the recognition the professional has in their community.
Make it a point to walk into open houses in your local area. Pay attention to how the agent deals with potential buyers. It’s also important that you take some time to personally interact with the agent, rather than simply taking a business card and leaving. The aspects to look out for are — a professional attitude and a great personality. Many people find agents at open houses they have attended.
Today, it isn’t difficult to find reviews for real estate agents online. Once you have identified a few agents, conduct an online search and read reviews and customer testimonials, check what their ratings are. Read what the agent’s previous clients are saying about the services offered. It’s also important to note the manner in which the agent responds to any negative reviews.
Personal referrals from family members or friends are probably one of the best ways to find a great real estate agent. More than one in five home sellers find agents via referrals from family, friends, colleagues or neighbours.
Interview at least three real estate agents. It’s never a good idea to settle for the first one you come across. A majority of home sellers end up contacting only one agent. However, when you discuss your requirements with multiple agents, it gives you the chance to compare their services, personality, and approach and decide which one you find best suited to your needs. If you have got some referrals, meet with at least three of them and ask them the exact same questions to judge whether you can work with them.
In addition to all these things, it’s also important that you set clear expectations when hiring an agent. Explain what your communication preferences are and make sure the professional is easily accessible as well. Following these basic tips will help you zero in on a real agent that would be a good fit – like me, Gerry Storoschuk!
Whether you’re looking to buy or sell in the Bonnyville area, for a greater probability of success you need a dedicated professional. I can guide you through the process and be counted on to protect your investment!