If you've bought or sold a home before, you already know that not all real estate agents are created equal. In fact, the differences can be great, with skills, professionalism and knowledge varying greatly from one individual to another. Here are just some of the ways you can discern whether or not you've found yourself a top-quality agent:
1. They clearly communicate what to expect.
The real estate process can be confusing and overwhelming. A great agent will clearly explain what you can expect to happen at each stage of the process so that you're not caught off guard. This is particularly important if you're a first-time homebuyer or seller. You should feel informed, secure and confident with your agent as you embark on the real estate journey.
2. They are transparent and honest.
You never want to feel as if you're being given selective information, or, worse, flat-out lied to. You know you're working with a great agent if they're uncompromising about telling you the truth—even when the news is bad. If your agent is providing information that negatively affects their pocketbook—or risks blowing the deal altogether—that's an even better sign that this is a professional who values their reputation and honesty above everything else. This is the type of agent you want to work with again and again.
3. They treat you like a celebrity...even though you're not.
A great agent gives all their clients the same amount of care and attention regardless of the size of the deal, so whether you're buying or selling a sprawling mansion or a tiny condo, your agent should be advising you with the exact same level of intent and enthusiasm, and be just as available for your questions and needs. Remember, all real estate agents have a fiduciary duty to put their client's interest before their own.
4. They're active on social media.
Top-notch agents are using social media to not just promote themselves and their listings, but to truly engage with their friends and followers by sharing useful information about real estate trends, market statistics, community events, and more. They also participate in social media in order to stay engaged in their clients' lives. Social media is a way for them to get to know you—and for you to get to know them beyond business.
5. They're a part of the community.
The best real estate agents are in the business because they genuinely care about the communities they serve. So, if you see your agent out and about volunteering at school, participating in local fundraisers, or sharing good times with others at community concerts and festivals, that's a good sign that they're in this business for the right reasons.
If you're fortunate enough to be working with a real estate professional who embodies the above traits, be sure to give them a great review online and pass their information along to friends and family members. The best agents live by referrals, so be sure to share the love!
Source: Real Estate Express