Choosing a Real Estate Agent: What to Look For and Expect

Choosing a Real Estate Agent: What to look for and expect

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A real estate agent is a professional person you can use to buy or sell a home. 

The relationship between you and your real estate agent is mutually beneficial. For a homebuyer or seller, this should equate to the same result - more value. 

Aside from the gains, realtors should help you sidestep potential problems. An agent has been through countless transactions, with all sorts of clients and properties. They’ll also have the support of their agency, which could easily have the combined experience of hundreds of years.

But of course, these last few sentences only apply to the best of the bunch. It’s your task to find the select realtors who protect your interest and have done the same for past clients. 

We’ll now explain what to look for when choosing a real estate agent. After you connect with one, we’ll tell you what to expect from them.

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What to Look for When Choosing Real Estate Agents

A homebuyer or seller at the start of their journey might feel lost. A quick Google search for “Realtors near me” could turn up thousands of prospects. Which are worth your time?

Now we’ll show you what you need to look for in a real estate agent.

Testimonials from other sources, such as referrals.

To evaluate a real estate agent, you will need to hear about their quality of service. It’s best to get this information from a mix of outside sources and the realtor’s testimonials. This works well with just about anything you’d like to invest in, however small it is. The review system is a tried-and-true way for us to evaluate businesses and it will aid you as you search for a realtor. 

In-depth knowledge of the local area.

One of the issues with online agencies and out-of-state realtors is a lack of local awareness. Your realtor needs to be in touch with the area you want to buy or sell property in. Ideally, they should have completed many forms of real estate transactions in the local community. 

Prompt and professional responses.

From beginning to end, you want an agent who is within reach and willing to answer questions. They may be familiar with buying and selling homes, but you probably aren’t an expert. That doesn’t mean you need to be out of the loop though. Look for a real estate agent who always communicates like a professional who respects your time. 

A clear strategy and expectations.

During your first talks with realtors, ask questions about their specific strategy for buying or selling your home. Listen for a clear plan to market your property (if you’re selling a home) or a clear plan to find value during a purchase. These are questions that any experienced realtor will be able to answer right away. 

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Awards aren’t something you should stake your entire decision on but take notice - especially if the agent holds as many as Sandy Jamison. Along with being a Zillow 5-Star Premier Agent, a Homelight Top Listing Agent, and an Upnest Top Performer, she was President of the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors. Over a successful real estate career, these kinds of accolades will pile up. Look for them when you’re searching for a realtor.

What You Can Expect From a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent is bound by law to protect your interests as a property buyer or seller. But what does that really mean? How do real estate agents act in your best interest?

Here are some of the things you can expect from a real estate agent.

Honesty and professionalism.

Throughout all of a realtor’s duties, honesty and professionalism should be constant. If a deal could negatively impact you or even present difficulties, you need to be made aware. As the one with experience buying and selling homes, it’s your realtor’s legal obligation to do this. The testimonials of experienced realtors will usually reflect these qualities. 

Problem-solving throughout the real estate transaction.

Having small issues pop up isn’t necessarily going to be an obstacle if you have the right team. However, if you’ve paired up with inexperienced real estate agents, these issues can become magnified. It’s entirely likely that your real estate transaction won’t have any hiccups, but a local realtor worth your time will have solutions.

Record keeping and organization skills.

There is a lot of information going back and forth between the different involved parties. There are dates, margins, expenses, and contact details to be tracked. You can expect an expert realtor to be well-organized and efficient at handling all of this information.   

Prompt processing of documents and ongoing communication.

Instead of drawing out the process of buying and selling a home, your realtor should be expediting. There’s a lot of paperwork involved in real estate transactions and the longer it takes your realtor to process it, the longer you wait to close. You should expect a realtor with stellar testimonials and lots of experience to move the purchase or sale along promptly. At every step, you should be aware and updated.

Starting the process of buying or selling a home in California? Reach out to a member of our team and ask for the same kinds of things you read here. Want to see our testimonials, local knowledge, and strategy for your property? We’d be proud to share all of that with you.

Reach out to us anytime online or during business hours at our San Jose offices.

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If you have more questions about what to expect from the markets around the Bay Area, don’t be afraid to reach out to us today. Our experts are experienced in all property types and the entire San Francisco Bay Area, and we can help you to find what you need to know today.

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