It is always a good idea to enlist the services of a realtor, whether you are buying or selling. Although most of us know at least one person who works as a realtor, don’t be tempted to automatically go to them as they may not be the best to represent your needs. The following two questions are things you need to ask in order to pick the best realtor for your needs.
You should always ask others for recommendations. However, don’t let someone else’s opinion be the determining factor. Hence, you need to do your research. You need to make sure that your realtor is experienced in what you are interested in. You shouldn’t look for someone that sells apartment blocks if you are looking for a beach house. Always take the time to interview a potential realtor. Make sure that you ask things such as how they will represent you and work for you, how much they cost, what their experience is and more. Also discuss your expectations with your realtor. It is important that they understand your needs. The last thing you need to do is make sure that you actually like your realtor on a personal level. The reality is that you will struggle to trust someone who you don’t like. Finally, do work with a realtor that has a lot of experience. Most of us would like to help people to get their foot in the door and climb the professional ladder, but it can be hard to trust someone inexperienced when you are talking about thousands of dollars.
The other very important thing to look into is reputation. Many realtors have a very bad name, and for good reason. Thankfully, there are also a number of tools that you can use to find the good ones. Be sure to check the Better Business Bureau in terms of finding out how good the realtor is. Social media is another tool out there that can tell you a lot. It is very difficult to censor anything that appears on social media, meaning you can easily get your hands on honest reviews. Do also ask the opinion of people you know. Before you allow a single complaint to push you away from a realtor, however, find out whether there is any relevance on the complaint to you and see how the realtor has responded to the complaint and improved their service.
With the above two tips, you should be able to find the realtor who best represents your needs. Never underestimate how important it is to work with a realtor, whether you are buying or selling. One of the most important things they will be able to help you with is identifying the best time to buy or sell, and this information could save or make you a lot of money.