How to Find a Good Real Estate Agent
Whether you’re buying or selling a property, a quality real estate agent is important to make the process run smoothly. Seek out an agent with excellent credentials and references.
- Look for someone who does at least 1 or 2 transactions every month. When reviewing an agent’s credentials, look for someone who’s been working in sales, negotiations, and contracts for at least five years, preferably in real estate or property management. Agents with less experience can still be a good choice if they know you and the area well, especially if they demonstrate a great work ethic and strong customer service skills.
- Find someone who works in your area. The agent you work with should know the area in which you’re looking to buy or sell. Agents who live and work in your area will be aware of the best neighborhoods and trends regarding prices. A local agent will also know small details, like where the best schools are and so on.
- Check the agent’s license. Obviously, you want an agent who’s properly licensed. Every state should have a list of licensed agents online.
- Look for awards and honors to help narrow your choices. Check a real estate’s website and resume for awards, honors, and other signs of recognition. Things like a @The Estate Agent of the Year” award can be a sign of a quality agent who’s likely to exceed your personal needs.
- Ask people for referrals. If you know someone who recently bought or sold a home, reach out to them. They are likely to give you honest assessments of their experience with a particular agent.