If you are thinking of buying or selling a home, you may be wondering how to choose a Realtor. Not all real estate agents are created equal, but many people randomly end up working with a Realtor, based on who answers the phone when they call on a sign or happens to be in the home when they wander into an open house.
Sometimes that works out well and sometimes it doesn’t. Since a home purchase or sale is one of the most significant financial transactions you can make, it’s worth taking the time to make sure you have expert guidance.
Here’s some factors to consider:
• Statistics – Check average list price to sales price ratios and marketing time. Visit a site like www.NeighborCity.com that will let you compare multiple agents’ numbers.
• Reputation – Check Zillow or Yelp for reviews of local agents to see what others have to say.
• Marketing – Online marketing is especially important in today’s digital age. If you Google an agent, what do you find? How do their listings look on their website as well as on sites like Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com? Most buyers begin their search online and you want an agent who understands how to maximize that opportunity.
If you are thinking of making a move, we’d be happy to schedule a time to discuss your plans and see whether it would be a good fit to work together. In today’s fast-moving real estate market, who you hire does matter.
Questions? We’re happy to help!