Choosing a reliable estate agent can be similar to finding a good date. Some look great at the onset, but I find they lose their attractiveness shortly thereafter. With this in mind, I’ve found it’s important to do the research before buying or selling a home. The more I’m informed, the more likely I am to find the right real estate agent that fits my needs.
With the city of Guelph expanding at a rate of about 700 people per year, the market is in prime condition. However, as a home owner, it’s important to know into whose hands I’m placing my home. The following contains five “must have’s” I’ve found to be necessary when searching for a realtor.
1. Honesty. Before signing over the well-being of any home, I need to know that I can trust my agent. A home is one of the most expensive things that will ever be bought or sold. If the agent is found to be dishonest, how can I trust them to have my best interest in mind?
2. Work ethic. When it comes to the ever changing world of mortgages and real estate, someone who’s willing to put in the time is a must. Lots of work is done after hours. If calls and emails aren’t answered at an appropriate pace, the conversion rate drops and the window of opportunity closes.
3. Experience. When buying or selling something as important as a home, I’ve found it mandatory to choose someone who’s literally been around the block. Make sure the agent chosen knows the area. They should be familiar with other properties nearby that are for sale or have been recently sold. Experience will guide them in knowing who to market a property to. When offers come in, past experiences will also help determine how the market will respond to the listings and, ultimately, help drive the price higher. A lot can happen in an instant in real estate; knowing the market is of vast importance.
4. Communication. An agent must know how to communicate with people from all walks of life. My house could be bought or sold to just about anyone. If the person representing my home cannot converse properly with a first time buyer, a stubborn seller, or even other agents, many ships can be sunk. The personal skills of an agent are vital in buying, selling, and negotiating. Often times, a selling experience starts with a simple phone call. If the agent cannot get the person on the other end of the line excited about the situation, an opportunity could be lost.
5. Likeability. Chances are, if I don’t like my agent, neither will the people I’m buying from or selling to. Likewise, a significant amount of time is spent with the agent, and good things come from good experiences. Any inward cringe at seeing another house or at having another meeting with the agent will deem the experience as unenjoyable. The likeability of an agent will be huge in the success of what is hoped to be achieved. Plus, the overall experience will be much less stressful if the agent hired is enjoyable to be around.
There’s No Place like Home
When it comes to buying or selling a home, it’s important to know exactly what you’re getting into. Surprises are unwelcome and disadvantageous. Make sure the agent hired is capable to handle the one place called home.
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