by Nutan Brown
on Monday, February 10th, 2020 at 9:11am.
Buying or selling a home is one of the biggest decisions of your life. Which is why finding a real estate agent with the knowledge and experience to guide you through the process is key.
Here are the top 4 tips for finding an agent that is perfect for you:
Get referrals from your network
With so many real estate agents vying for your attention, it can be hard to narrow it down. A great place to start is by asking family and friends who have bought or sold property recently. They can help refer you to an agent with whom they’ve had a good experience with.
Ideally, you’ll want someone with experience working with clients who are similar to you. For instance, the needs of a first time home buyer are different than someone looking to downsize. It is important that your agent has worked with clients who fit the criteria of what you are looking for.
Research potential candidates
Once you have narrowed it down, do some research on the potential candidates. Start by visiting their website to get a feel of who they are as an agent. See which cities and neighbourhoods they specialize in and what type of homes they buy and sell.
Browse their social media pages to get an idea of their personality, recent successes, and activity in the community. Their online presence will tell you a lot about who they are and how they operate.
Request references and past results
Great real estate agents don’t just show up out of nowhere. It takes a long time to build a track record of success in the industry.
Make sure to ask potential agents to provide information on homes they’ve purchased and sold in the recent months. Check online reviews and testimonials from prior clients who have worked with them before. This will give you a good idea of what it’s like to work with them and if they are a good fit for your particular needs.
Find an agent you can trust
Most successful agents will check all the boxes; a number of recent sales, a strong online presence, an excellent track record, etc. But it takes a human being to understand and work to achieve your goals.
Choose an agent that you respect and trust. Ask them questions and see how he/she listens and responds. If you have a bad feeling about them, there’s a good chance that they aren’t the right one. In the end, you should go with your gut.