12 Qualities to Look For in a Real Estate Agent

We all know the hassles, decisions, and stress that come along with selling a home.

It’s frustrating trying to pack boxes, have open houses and showings, and maintain a normal work and life schedule all at the same time. The home selling process can become even more of a headache if you have a lousy real estate agent on top of it all. Yes, it can be hard to find an agent that will be cooperative, successful, available, and conscientious all at the same time. But don’t give up hope—there are some specific things you can look for in an agent to ensure you pick a good one!

Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 3.44.42 PM1. Make sure the agent has many recently closed properties.

If they aren’t selling properties, then there’s no point giving them a second thought. You want to make sure they are getting houses SOLD, not just put on the market. An agent that closes houses often and quickly will most likely know what it takes to get your home sold, as well.

2. Check out references from recent clients.

It may be to your benefit to speak with the agent’s recent clients. What did they like/dislike about the agent and the process? What could have been different? How long did it take them to sell? Did they meet their goals as the home seller?

3. Check out their current properties.

What is the quality of the listings? Make sure the pictures are well done. Make sure every aspect of the home’s information is completed fully and accurately. Also, you want to make sure that the agent is web savvy and has a good online presence. If they know how to advertise their properties well, they are worth pursuing.

4. Ask for testimonials from family members or friends.

Few things are better than a direct reference from a trusted friend or family member. If they have had a good experience with an agent, you are likely to have a good experience with them, too.

5. Interview several agents and compare.

It is wise to look at several different agents and compare. The greater variety will give you a more realistic perspective on real estate agents and the different methods of home selling.

6. Check their network.

Make sure they work with a good brokerage. You want them to be able to refer you to the right inspector, repairman, appraiser, home insurance representative, and mortgage broker.

7. Make sure they live locally.

You want an agent who is familiar with your residential area. Do they know about the school systems? Do they know where the best shopping centers are? If they are living and breathing the local culture, they will know how to market and price your home a lot better.

8. Check what type of real estate they deal with the most.

If most of their sold properties are a lot like yours, it will likely be a good match. You will also want to check their licensing and credentials. From BankRate.com, here are a few examples in credential differences that may impact your decision:

A. CRS (Certified Residential Specialist): Completed additional training in handling residential real estate.

B. ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative): Completed additional education in representing buyers in a transaction.

C. SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist): Completed training aimed at helping buyers and sellers in the 50-plus age range.

9. Make sure the agent is knowledgeable.

If they know how to maneuver many different home selling situations and conflicts, they will be a huge asset to you as you work together to sell your home quickly and for a profit.

house-sell10. Make sure they are realistic.

If they don’t have a realistic timeline, price, or perspective on the home selling process, you probably don’t want to work with them.

11. Make sure they are busy, but not too busy.

You want to know they are desired as an agent and hard-working, but you also don’t want them to be too busy to take your calls and schedule your showings. Make sure you are a priority as a client. You also want them to be able to keep you updated on the progress of the transaction as often or as little as you desire.

12. Make sure they are experienced.

You will want to know how long they have been working full-time. How many homes have they sold? Do they have enough experience that you are confident they can sell your home? Experience can often add to their knowledge base, as well.

Even though no real estate agent is perfect, there are many, many great ones out there. This list is sure to help you find one who will not only ensure a hassle-free process, but also who will benefit your financial future as the home seller.

If you are selling a home in Louisville, Kentucky, be sure to Contact Us here at LST Properties. We have our real estate license and we have lots of experience with residential properties here in Louisville. Check us out today!

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