If you are looking to buy a home you might be sitting here thinking to yourself, how do I decide on a real estate agent? There are so many to choose from and how do I find the one for me? Well, first we have to go in defining what a real estate agent truly is and how to identify the best ones.
The Difference between a Realtor vs Real Estate Agent
All realtors are licensed to sell real estate as a real estate agent, but not all real estate agents are realtors. Realtors belong to the NAR (National Association of Realtors) and they pledge to follow the NAR Code Of Ethics. This code establishes a guideline of higher conduct than ordinary business practices or ones that are required by law. It should also be noted that only licensed realtors can display the realtor logo.
Online Search For Agent Listings
A lot of different websites can refer you to real estate agents but there is no guarantee of quality. The agents they refer are often the ones who paid to be there in the directories.
A safer bet is to research the top real estate companies in your area. Go to those websites and then look up profiles of individual offices near you. Look at the reviews, do more research on the agents to ensure they will be a good fit for you.
Attend Open Houses
What is a better way to meet real estate agents than inaction, a great way to get to know a real estate agent is by seeing how they present themselves and well as the homes they are showing off. It’s a great way to see the agent in a non-threatening work environment. Pay attention to how the agent works in the environment, how they show off the home, their mannerisms, and their knowledge of the property they are showing off. The keys to look for is someone who is front and center, has good availability to the potential customers, does their research on listed properties, pointing out features of the home that make it more attractive, etc.
Track For Sale Signs Near You
You want to find an agent who is closer, the best way to do that is to keep track of how fast houses around you are on the market and how fast they sell. If you see 5 houses go up in a month and are sold quickly it’s a safe bet that the real estate agent is very good at their job.
Ask The Professionals For Recommendations
Real estate agents are always happy to refer you to the agents they think are top-notch especially if you ask one that covers a different specialty. For example, if you are talking to a real estate agent who only covers commercial properties you can ask them for a referral to one who works on residential properties, and given their knowledge of the market they will refer you to ones they think can get the job done easily.
Put Together A List
While you are doing all of your research it is important to keep track of it all, just put together a list of potential agents and their specialties as well as maybe throw in a few reviews or a place to refer to later for more information about them.