Finding a home or selling a home can be a lot easier with a real estate agent, but it isn’t always easy to choose just the right one. A RE/MAX agency is often a good place to start, as With more offices worldwide, RE/MAX serves homebuyers and sellers closer to home. But being nearby isn’t the only qualification to look for when choosing an agent.
Experience and Qualifications
One of the first things to check out when choosing a realtor is their experience and the qualifications they hold. At a minimum, they should be licensed, but it’s even better if they’ve won awards in their field, they’ve been an agent at least five years, they’re a member of the National Association of Realtors, and they have extra credentials such as being a Senior Real Estate Specialist, Accredited Buyer’s Representative or Certified Residential Specialist.
The realtor chosen should have plenty of knowledge about the local area, including information about homes that have sold recently and how much they sold for. Ideally, they’ll have other listings in the area and these listings will be presented in an attractive manner on the internet. At least some of the other listings should preferably be in a similar price range and in the same area as the home you’re trying to buy or sell, as this means they’ll be able to provide information about commuting, schools, and potential red flags in the area that not everyone knows about.
Ask for references of recent buyers or sellers that the agent has represented in the area, and find out things like the asking price and sale price of the property and, for sellers, how long the home was on the market before it sold. Look for past clients that were especially happy with the agent or particularly disappointed with the agent.
While this shouldn’t be the only qualification, it’s also a good idea to find someone that rubs you the right way. If you don’t feel comfortable with the person or don’t feel that they are trustworthy, it may be better to go with someone else. It can take quite a lot of time to buy or sell a home, and there’s no need to spend it unhappy with the person representing you.