Whether you’re buying or selling, having a real estate agent you can trust is key. Having someone in your corner looking out for your best interests will help you feel confident that you’re getting the best possible deal on your home. So how do you find that someone? There are a few signs of a good real estate agent. With about 2 million active real estate licensees in the United States, it can be an overwhelming decision to make — but instead of feeling discouraged, feel empowered that you have choices as you pick the right person to buy or sell your home.
Having a real estate agent who is available and eager to answer your questions is one of the most important qualities to look for. During both the buying and selling process, it can be frustrating and discouraging to not be able to get in touch with the person who is supposed to be your main source of support. A good real estate agent should always be available by text, e-mail or phone — and if they’re not, they should promptly get back to you to answer your questions. If you find that you’re not getting the answers you need or going days at a time without hearing back from your agent, it could be a sign that the person isn’t prioritizing your needs properly.
Though agents have, on average, nine years of experience, there are also those who are just starting out. Learning the ins and outs of the market can take time, and it’s an important aspect to look for when vetting your agent. Try to find someone with at least five years of experience in your area, to ensure they completely understand the local landscape. More experience also means that your agent will have an extensive network of contacts that can help you get your home sold faster or help you find your dream home quickly. It also means they’ve had time to hone their negotiating skills, which can help you in both buying and selling, to ensure you get the best deal possible.
Through in–person and online training, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty agents get even more experience, which prepares them to deliver impressive results. From ongoing industry education to selling programs designed to help agents build value to exclusive digital portals and tools, each agent is set up to help you succeed and give you a top-quality experience.
Fast and impressive results
Whether you’re buying or selling, there’s no more frustrating feeling than radio silence. If you’ve been waiting days or even weeks for news on your home, it means something has gone amiss. If you’re selling and your agent hasn’t been able to drum up any interest — especially in a hot market — it’s probably a sign that something isn’t right. They should regularly be in touch to strategize the next move. Similarly, if you’re buying and you haven’t seen any homes that meet your criteria, it may mean you and your agent aren’t on the same wavelength.
Polished and professional
Real estate agents, above all, are professionals. They should carry themselves properly, look put together, and always be on time for appointments, meetings and showings. If you notice that your agent seems disorganized, is a no-show at meetings or just keeps dropping the ball, it could mean that real estate isn’t their top priority. If that’s the case, consider working with someone else who has the right professional attitude to help you buy or sell.
Choosing the right real estate agent is a personal decision. But there are a few major elements that can make or break your experience — poor communication and professionalism being one of them. Whether you’re buying or selling, your agent should always be in your corner. At Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, our company is built on a positive and helpful community that translates to better results for you.