How To Choose a Real Estate Agent?

Internet has revolutionised the process we look for real estate. In a click we can view properties and compare them before even going to see them in person. This not only eases of the stress; but also makes things easier to suit our fast paced lives. But without the appropriate real estate expertise finding your dream home can be challenging. This is where choosing the right, real estate expert plays importance.

The right agent is equipped with the right tools to help you sell, buy, invest in real estate that ensures lucrative benefits. It is hence very crucial to research well before you decide to choose a real estate professional to help you.
To begin with you can ask for recommendations from friends and relatives, and see which agents are buying and selling the most homes in your neighborhood. Reading online reviews, can also give you a few options to choose but it is important to realize that they don't tell the whole story, always as clients, can be satisfied or dissatisfied. Ask questions about how many listings the agent has, how many homes have they sold in your area, how often will they communicate with you -- and in what format etc.
Three red flags to watch for when choosing a real estate salesperson;
Pricing: The real estate salesperson suggests the highest price for your house. If you're selling your house, get listing presentations from at least three agents, who will tell you what comparable homes have sold for and how long they take to sell. The real estate salespersons are all looking at the same data, so the suggested listing price should be close. Pricing a home too high at the start often means it takes longer to sell and ultimately sells for less. So it is crucial to price wisely a good start is a comparison with the recently sold properties in the area. The longer your property sits on the market, the more people are going to think there's something wrong with it.
Part Time: The real estate salesperson does real estate on the side, part-time. Whether you're a buyer or seller, you want to choose a real estate salesperson who is actively following the market every day. If you're buying, you want a real estate salesperson who can jump on new listings and show them to you immediately. If you're the seller, you want a real estate salesperson who is always available to show your home to prospective buyers. That being said there are always exceptions so always make a comparison before you make a decision.
Poor Negotiation: Negotiation is crucial in real estate. If the real estate salesperson you choose is a poor negotiator or fails to keep up with details of the transaction. In many cases, the most important work of an agent is not to find the home but to make sure the sale closes. That includes making sure the buyer is preapproved for a mortgage, the home is free of liens before it goes on the market, the appraisal is accurate and issues raised by the home inspection are resolved.

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