What You Should Look For in a Real Estate Agent

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!

Which properties has the agent closed properties recently? 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.

What are their 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?

What do their current properties look like? 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.

What type of real estate do they interact 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. 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. 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.

Does your agent 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.

How busy are they? 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.

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!