When looking for a new home or trying to sell your old house, it’s a good idea to get professional help. When you have a problem with your vehicle you take it to a mechanic. When you have a medical problem you see a health care provider. When making the decision to buy or sell a home it may be smart to hire a realtor. According to the Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report 2019, 82% of people used a real estate agent or broker. But which realtor do you choose? Here is K. Hovnanian Homes’ guide to choosing the right realtor:
Do a little sleuthing. Good research is important, especially when making a big decision like buying or selling your home. If you are selling your home, look around your neighborhood to see if you notice the same realtor’s name on yard signs. If there is an open house nearby, why not stop by and talk with the realtor in person. Use an online search tool like Find a Realtor that can help you search over 1 million agents nationwide.
Ask for references. A good realtor will not mind supplying you with references for recent sales and customers. Trusting word of mouth solely is not the best strategy when it comes to choosing a realtor, so also consider the numbers and facts. You should also consider choosing a realtor with a reasonable commission. Negotiate with multiple realtors to find what is best for you and your wallet.
Pick a winner. There are a lot of qualities that make up a good realtor, including their reputation and certifications. When looking up the licensing of your local realtors, check with your state’s regulatory board to see if there have been any misconducts, disciplinary actions or complaints. Another good tell-tale is if your agent has a “Realtor of the Year” award designated by the local branch of the National Association of Realtors. This honor is given by peers, so it is a big endorsement for realtors.
Question their local knowledge. If you prefer to hire a local realtor, make sure they know their surroundings. Ask them questions like What other homes are listed near mine? Or What other homes do you currently have on the market? Your realtor should know your competition and their history off the top of their head, so they can quote you with an accurate price range. Do not be afraid to ask other questions too. They are auditioning for you, so they need to show they have the know-how and knowledge you want and deserve.
Connections. Let us face it, it is a who-you-know world, and the world of realtors is no different. A great realtor has connections to the best mortgage officers, house inspectors, stagers, cleaners and other useful people that will help you sell or buy a home. They should be able to help you solve a problem by providing a trusted resource.
Have a plan. Your realtor should be available for questions and should be working for you. You do not want your house sitting on the market for a long period of time or you risk the listing getting ‘stale’. The realtor you hire should have a marketing plan beyond just adding your home to the online listing service. Don’t be afraid to ask how they plan to sell your home.
It can be a wise investment to find a good realtor with expertise in your area. To do so, make sure you do some research, ask for references as well as review their credentials and any awards or special designations they may have. Ask them about the area surrounding your home or the area where you would like to move, and use their network of connections to help find the best of the best in everything from home inspections to movers. Once you have found the right realtor, you are one step closer to buying or selling your home.
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