Finding a good real estate agent involves more than checking credentials. Your agent should keep up with continuing education to stay on top of industry changes, of course, but you should also consider several other factors.
Is the agent working for you?
Whether you are buying or selling real estate, you want an agent who is working for you. While a real estate agency can handle both buyers and sellers, you need either a buyer or seller’s agent. If you are trying to purchase a home, stick with someone who primarily deals with buyers. This will avoid any potential conflicts of interest that could come from an agent trying to direct you toward a listing he or she has on the market.
Both buyers and sellers need an honest agent. Integrity is very important when it comes to real estate sales. A seller should not be told the home is perfect when the home could benefit from improvements before going on the market. The need for forthright communication applies equally to buyers. While your agent may not know all the pros and cons of a home, she should do her due diligence and disclose all pertinent information.
A good real estate agent will be responsive to your needs. Agents may not always be able to return calls, texts or emails within minutes, but you should not have to keep asking for answers to your questions. A willingness to respond shows that he or she cares about your needs.
Finally, when you are choosing an agent, consider how well you interact with each other. The agent’s personality does matter, especially when you may spend a good deal of time in a buying or selling process. You want the agent to understand, and be responsive to your needs. Choosing the right professional can make your experience easy, and even enjoyable.