How to choose the right Real Estate Agent

We have amazing agents that work for us here at Century 21 Metro Lifestyles. We pride ourselves in our service to our clients. If you are not a client yet, here are the American Homeowners Association’s top 9 tips for choosing the right real estate agent for you!

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1. Go with a Pro

The terms agent, broker and Realtor are often used interchangeably. But not all agents or brokers are Realtors. The term “Realtor” identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of Realtors and subscribes to its strict code of ethics, which in some cases goes beyond state law.
2. Experience Counts

Whether you’re looking for a Realtor to help you buy or sell a house, you don’t want to be part of someone’s learning curve.
3. Get Referrals

Friends, neighbors and co-workers are often good sources for referrals. Get as many details as possible about their buying or selling experience with a particular agent. Were they happy with the service they received? Would they use the Realtor again? You can also check the local yellow pages or search the Internet to scope out your options and find leads . If you’re selling, look for sold signs in your neighborhood.
4. Think Locally

If you’re buying, a Realtor should be able to provide you with information on the community, the schools, taxes and other facts. If you’re selling, you want your agent to be able to talk to prospective buyers about these details.

5.Stay in your range

Whether you’re buying or selling, choose a Realtor who concentrates on your price range. For example, if you’re looking to buy a house in the range of $250,000 to $300,000, you should check the real estate listings in the local paper to see which Realtors are listing houses in that range. A Realtor who focuses on more expensive homes won’t be as knowledgeable about what’s available in your price range.
6. Interview a Few Candidates

Once you’ve done some background work, set up interviews with three or four Realtors you’re considering. You might also want to visit open houses to observe the agent in action. Are they familiar with the property, the area, the real estate transaction? Did they show the home in a professional manager? Did they seem enthusiastic and were they easy to communicate with?
7. Don’t Let an Agent “Buy Your Listing”

If one agent says he or she can sell your house for substantially more money than the other agents quoted you, they’re probably telling you what they think you want to hear in order to get your listing. Or, they may not be familiar with the market in your town or neighborhood.
8.Agree on Expectations

If you’re selling a house, ask your agent to put together a written marketing plan detailing the steps they will take to sell your home. The agent should offer advice on how to prepare your home for the market and who has enthusiasm for your property. If you’re buying a home, make sure you know how often your agent will supply you with listings, how many houses you can expect to see in a week, etc.
9. Look for a Personality Match

Once you know you’ve narrowed your search down to qualified professionals with the right expertise, make sure you choose someone you trust and who you like.

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