Whether you are buying or selling your home, finding a rockstar real estate agent is important. There are thousands of real estate agents and thousands more newcomers becoming licensed agents everyday. It may be overwhelming to even think about finding yourself a real estate agent but a stellar real estate agent can mean the difference between thousands of dollars in your pocket selling your home or even whether or not you get the home of your dreams or lose it to another agent who is a better negotiator. Finding a qualified agent is extremely important and it may not be as difficult as you think.
Family and friends can be helpful in recommending good agents. Real estate agents make their living from referrals so an agent referred from a family or friend will most likely work very hard for you. But sometimes you need an aggressive agent, someone who can get a deal done right whether buying or selling. If top real estate agents are what you are seeking then using an online service that list top agents in your area may be the way to go. It is best to pick more than one agent that you feel is qualified and then do a small interview to make sure they are right for you.
Interviewing your agents can help you narrow down your decision. There are only a few important questions that you should ask in your interviews. Ask to see the agent’s resume. You should look at what kind of education they have and if they have any specialties or taken any additional training. Some of the agents’ special training may be important to your specific needs. Ask what their plan is to market your home. Great marketing is crucial if you are selling your home. A great real estate agent will have a great plan for marketing. Ask how many homes they have sold in the last year or in their career. More homes sold usually means they are hard working, highly recommended and dominating the market. Finally, you will need to ask them how much they charge for commission. Try to negotiate if need be but most top agents are not willing to budge on the commission.
It can be overwhelming to find a great real estate agent but there are great ones out there if you do the work to find one. There are thousands of agents and interviewing a few of them could help you find the right one for you. Once you find your rockstar real estate agent, remember to always recommend them to family and friends- it’s how they make their living after all!