How can you find the Realtor who’s right for you? Here are some tips to consider:
Choose an agent with local expertise
As has been said many times, real estate is local. Every place has unique characteristics and nuances, and a local real estate expert will know all about these. If you’re selling, your Realtor can help you connect with buyers who are looking for a home and neighborhood just like yours. If you’re buying, the Realtor will know where and how to find the property that best suits your budget and preferences.
Interview former clients
No one can give you better insight and feedback about a Realtor than someone who has worked with them. Ask a potential agent for a list of recent clients and take the time to talk to some of them. Get ideas on how the Realtor does business and what their relationship was like with previous clients.
You’d also want to know the property types the Realtor has worked on, as well as the price range, the area, and how long thedecide if took. This will help you decideif a Realtor is a good fit to your real estate goals.
Check the Realtor’s credentials
Work with a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR). NAR members are licensed professionals who follow a strict code of ethics. In addition, check with your local licensing board and find out if a potential Realtor has been the subject of complaints or any disciplinary action.
Look into the Realtor’s experience and track record. How long have they been in business and what areas have they served? Does the Realtor have other areas of expertise or specialization that can prove useful? For example, a background in real estate development or construction, or experience in home staging and interior design will come in handy in evaluating a home’s condition, planning home improvements, or marketing your property.
Other credentials to consider include sales volume, special designations, and peer-given awards.
Ask the Realtor about your chances on the market
A good Realtor is not someone who will merely say what you want to hear. Their assessment will be backed by relevant data, such as current market conditions, recent sales activities in your area, and so on.
If you’re selling, the right Realtor will help you price your home accurately by doing a Market Analysis that considers relevant market figuresand other factors. If you’re buying, the Realtor will guide you in narrowing your choices according to your budget and preferences.
Check the agent’s current listings
A Realtor’s current listings speak about the quality of their work. A good listing features high-quality photos and well-written descriptions. The listings also reflect the property type and price range the Realtor works with the most. The right agent is someone who represents homes closest to what you are selling or want to buy, and puts in the effort to have good quality listings.
With a collective experience of over 43 years as Realtors in Culver City and the rest of Westside LA, we at the Gerez Real Estate Team will be proud to represent you, whether you’re buying or selling a home.
Get in touch with us here. You can also call us at 310-922-9175 or email greetings(at)gerezteam(dotted)com.