A local real estate expert can help you answer all of these questions and help you navigate through what can be a complicated business transaction. It’s important that you’re comfortable and confident with the real estate agent you choose and a few tips below can help you to verify his credibility include;
Talk To Clients: Once you shortlist a few agents ask the agents to provide a list of what they've listed and sold in the past year, with contact information. Ask for recommendations to contact. Also ask the agent for client testimonials if you do not want to contact his clients.
Credentials: Just as doctors specialize, so do real estate agents. And even generalists will get additional training in some areas. So that alphabet soup after the name can be an indication that the person has taken additional classes in a certain specialty of real estate sales. Here's what some of the designations mean:
- CRS (Certified Residential Specialist): Completed additional training in handling residential real estate.
- ABR (Accredited Buyer's Representative): Completed additional education in representing buyers in a transaction.
- SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist): Completed training aimed at helping buyers and sellers in the 50-plus age range.
Experience: You can often find out how long the agent has been selling real estate from the state licensing authority. Or, you can just ask the agent. Often experienced agents will have an organised approach and will give you an overview of the rewards they will offer.
Listings: Check out an agent's listings online,two places to look are the agency's own site and Realtor.com, a website that compiles properties in the Multiple Listing Service into a searchable online database. Most buyers start their search on the Internet, and you want an agent who uses that tool effectively.
For Sale in Area: A good agent should know about other area properties that are available in the area. Often they will display a few available properties in the area on their website or facebook page.