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How To Choose A Real Estate Agent
How to choose a Real Estate Agent
Buying and selling real estate is complex and it may be the largest transaction most people do in their lifetime. It is way more than just looking at homes on the internet. Is the home in a great neighborhood? How are schools like in the area? Is the home priced competitive? What terms of sale does the seller prefer, are those terms fair? The truth is that no homes are exactly alike. Homes are different, the way they are priced, their condition, the contract terms and so on, so definitely, using a real estate agent to assist you in these important transactions and to help you answer these questions is advisable.
What should you ask?
You can find lists of agents on local advertising, websites, referrals from other real estate agents and recommendations. Some of the most popular real estate website: Trulia, Zillow and Realtor.com offer client reviews so you can see what previous clients are saying about their past experiences with their agent. Clients reviews are invaluable as well as agent experience. Besides asking the agent how long they have been licensed as a Realtor®, you may want to ask how many transactions they close per year. Having a license for a long time does not necessarily mean the agent has enough experience. You may also want to ask what sales volume the agent closes per year and what is their average home price range. An agent might do many transactions but not have any experience with the price range of homes you are looking for, and this may hinder their ability to assist you. Ask for an example of transactions they closed that had challenges and what their approach was. Ask them if they work full time in real estate or part-time. If they work part-time they may not be available when you need them since they may have another job or responsibility. If you would like to work with an experienced agent, your neighbor, family member, best friend's brother may or may be the right agent. You should still ask them the questions that will show you their level of expertise before you allow them to represent you.
Finally, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DPBR)’s website provides access to check if an agent has an active license, any complaints, and how long they have been licensed: https://www.myfloridalicense.com
Buying a home is a serious matter, I hope you are able to select an competent agent worth working with. There are many agents who are very professional and capable of making this process a stress-free transaction while helping you acquire a great investment.
This blog was written by Janet Rector, a top producing Keller Williams Tampa Central Agent.
Real Estate Professional, REO Specialist, CDPE® and e-Pro Realtor®
"Certified Distressed Property Expert, CDPE ®"
"Certified as an Online Real Estate Expert by the National Association of Realtors ®"
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