How to Choose the Right Realtor®

A real estate agent can make the nerve-wracking experience of buying or selling a house much easier. After all, the team at Century 21 Tri-Cities has the benefit of experience, training, and plenty of enthusiastic colleagues here to help. To make sure you make the most of your real estate experience, however, it’s important to find the Realtor® who best matches your needs, your goals, and your personality. Read on to learn more about choosing the right real estate agent, and find your top choices through Century 21 Tri-Cities!

Research Potential Matches

The right Realtor® can make your next real estate transaction feel like a dream, but the wrong agent can turn it into a nightmare. Make sure you do your research beforehand to find the right match for this important experience! Recommendations or referrals from friends and family is a great place to start. If you’re starting from scratch and you’re the first person you know to buy, sell, or build a home, then you can use online reviews as your guide, as well as whatever information the real estate agent has posted online. Remember to keep in mind what you want from a Realtor® — someone who was a great match for your cousin or an online reviewer may not be the best choice for you and the experience you’re hoping to have.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions

The right Realtor® is going to be just as invested in making sure this relationship is a good fit as you are, so you shouldn’t feel shy about asking questions! You should also make sure to talk to a couple real estate agents so you can compare their answers. A few questions to start with can include:

  • What is your real estate experience?
  • What kind of team do you work with?
  • How many clients do you actively handle at one time?
  • Do you have a real estate specialty?
  • How do you plan to handle my specific situation?
  • Can you put me in contact with a few references?

A good real estate agent will listen to what you have to say and answer your questions honestly and in as much detail as they can. Anyone who shies away from explaining how and why they are the right choice for you is likely not a good fit.

Talk About Your Needs and Wants

The key to any successful relationship is to be clear about your hopes and your expectations up front! One of the most important topics to cover with your potential Realtor® is communication — what is your preferred form of communication? How often do you want to hear from them? While no real estate agent worth their salt is likely to insist on sending paper letters back and forth, there are a wide range of digital communication options available in addition to phone calls, and you should be clear which option works best for you.

In your conversation with your potential agent, you should also discuss your hopes, intentions, and limitations when it comes to real estate. If you have certain features in mind for the home you plan to buy, let them know! If you have a strict price minimum in mind for selling your home, you should inform them. Take the time to talk about what your plan moving forward might be and get the details of your relationship in writing before you make any commitments.

Start Your Search With Century 21 Tri-Cities!

If you are looking for a real estate agent with plenty of passion and experience with the Tri-Cities area, then look no further! The Century 21 Tri-Cities team has plenty of dedicated agents, each with their own specialty and style, who can help you make your real estate dreams come true. Start searching for your perfect match here on our site, and contact us today!

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