When it comes to choosing a real estate agent, you obviously want to choose someone that’s knowledgeable about what they do, but you also want someone who will be there every step of the way. Today, more and more people are joining the field of real estate as the market picks up, which leaves buyers and sellers with a tough decision when it comes to picking the best agent for the job. Once you find an agent, you should make sure they are taking care of your needs and doing the best job that they can.
Here are some things that your agent SHOULD be doing for you:
When you’re in the process of buying or selling a home, communication is vital for every decision and step. For example, if you haven’t heard from your agent in weeks and they hardly pick up their phone, then you might want to start looking for someone else. If your agent cares about you, they will make time to answer your phone calls. A good agent will call you with any new updates on what they are doing for you, and they should call regularly just to keep in touch.
Being a Real Expert
If your agent never disagrees with you during any part of your real estate transaction, they are probably more interested in their own agenda than yours. A good real estate agent that wants the best for you will tell you the truth even if it means taking longer to sell your home or finding you the right home. If the agent that you choose really is an expert, they will not fail to give you honest, well researched, and well-reasoned advice.
Going Above and Beyond
Your real estate agent should be doing everything in their power to sell your home or find you the right home. This means that your agent should be using all of the tools and resources available to them. If you’re selling a home, your agent should be writing thorough descriptions and taking top notch pictures of your home so that they can draw more attention to it. If your agent goes out of their way to help you then they are someone to keep around.
While your agent should give you advice based off of their knowledge and experience, they should never pressure you to do anything that you aren’t comfortable doing. Agents are expected to steer you in the right direction, but if your agent seems like they are being pushy or inconsiderate it’s best to stay away and find someone else. The main goal should be keeping you informed and educating you – not pushing you to make certain decisions.
Believe it or not, an agent’s job isn’t finished on the date of the home transfer. Your agent should call you after all is said and done to follow up and make sure that everything is okay. By doing this, your agent is showing that they really do care about providing great customer service. If your agent calls to see how everything is going after their commission check has already been signed, then you know you have an agent that is interested in maintaining a long-term relationship.
Finding a real estate agent that not only meets all of your needs but also goes above and beyond is an important part of buying or selling a home. By using the above tips, you can make sure your agent is doing the best job possible for you. Don’t settle for an agent that puts your interests or well-being on the back burner.
Written by Linda Mossman for www.RealtyTimes.com Copyright © 2015 Realty Times All Rights Reserved.