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Qualities to Look For in a Local Real Estate Agent

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Are you considering hiring a local real estate agent for your next real estate transaction?

The National Home Association states that 87 percent of people hire a realtor to aid in their real estate transaction.

While finding the right realtor can sometimes feel like a quest of its own, it has the ability to be one of the best investments buyers or sellers could make. After all, the right realtor could be the difference between saving thousands of dollars on a purchase or selling your home well over-asking.

Here’s your guide to finding the best the realtor possible to handle your transaction.

Neighborhood Expert

Let’s be honest, your family friend that sells real estate two cities over just might not fit the bill for your current search. Why?

When it comes to buying or selling, it’s essential to find a local realtor who is familiar with all aspects of the neighborhoods under consideration.

Does this neighborhood have issues with a nearby sewage plant? Is the other neighborhood a contender for a low-income housing development? These are all critical questions that are certain to affect the future value of your property.

And, the truth is, only local experts will be aware of these potential issues.

Organized

In a fast-paced market, having a realtor that is organized and quick to respond is essential. Remeber, you are trusting this realtor with the biggest transaction of your life.

Did the house you viewed last week just reduce their asking price? If so, you’re going to want your agent to call you the second it happens and with paperwork in tow.

Realtors often have a handful of clients at any given time. That being said, it’s important to hire a realtor that has the ability to stay organized with all clients and provide every client with high-quality service.

Persistent

The search for a new home can be exhausting. In fact, research indicates that buying a home can rate higher in stress levels than other life events such as divorce or wedding planning.

In a fast-paced market, properties are selling after only a few days on market. For this reason, it’s essential to hire a realtor that is persistent with delivering up-to-date properties as they come onto market.

Did the house we planned to view this afternoon sell?

Find a realtor that has a handful more properties lined up in case the initial viewing goes sideways. Persistence pays!

Honest

We’ve all heard this one before and there’s a reason for that. Unfortunately, there are realtors out there are who just looking for their next commission check. Do yourself a favor and hire a realtor that displays honesty right from the start.

Can they smell mold in the basement? Do they know the public school down the street has a bad reputation? Are they aware that because the house has sat on the market for longer than two weeks the buyers could likely save a few thousand dollars?

Realtors know the answers to these questions and it’s vital to fire a realtor that is willing to provide honest, not always favorable answers to their clients.

Up-To-Date With Modern Technology

Did you know that in 2017, the first step that 42 percent of buyers took in their home search was to search for properties online? This came even before their initial search for a realtor.

With the ever-expanding role that technology plays in real estate, it’s crucial to have a realtor that is able to use technology to their advantage.

This is especially important for those looking to hire a realtor to sell their home.

Gone are the days of property advertisements in newspapers and local bulletins. Digital marketing has almost entirely replaced these previous methods and is the key to selling a home for the best price possible.

After all, the more traffic viewing a seller’s property online, the better the outcome in price.

Are You Ready to Find Your Local Realtor?

The search for a realtor doesn’t have to be hard. If you’re considering buying or selling, be sure to take these characteristics into consideration when interviewing realtors. After all, choosing a realtor to represent one of the biggest transactions of your life always requires careful consideration.

Looking to begin your search? Meet our team today!

For more on this subject read our recent blog, “Tips For Finding a Real Estate Agent.”

Thinking of buying or selling a home in the La Jolla area? As consistent top producers in real estate, Linda Daniels and The Daniels Group are your La Jolla housing specialists. Our team of local experts will ensure that you have a successful real estate transaction. Call us today at (858) 361-5561 or email us anytime by clicking here.