Find a Superb Real Estate Agent
Published on Saturday, 30 June 2012
Hiring the best real estate agent is much like hiring a new employee. It involves a lot of research and interviews with different people. Although, you are hiring the agent for a shorter period of time, you still need to know that you are getting the best one you can. In order for your interview to be successful and to get all the information you need, you should know what questions to ask. Doing an interview just to see the agent, without getting the most important information is pointless.
Here is a list of ideas of possible questions, which answers will show you how good a real estate agent is.
First, you need to find out how long they have been in the business. This is important, since you can understand how much experience they have. The experience is most valued in any job, even more valued than education. Everyone knows that the longer you have worked in a particular job, the better you have become. While education can give you the basis of one job, experience can make you a professional.
Secondly, you have to find out everything about their marketing plan and strategies. In other words, if you are a renter you need to know: how the real estate agent will look for your new home; how many homes can he/she offer you to see before you decide to rent; if possible to find out are there any other people wanting to rent the home you have chosen and last but not least, how to handle multiple offers. The real estate agent will be doing your job, so you need to know what kind of tactics and strategies he or she will use to find you a place.
Like in any other interviews, you should ask the real estate agent to give you reasons why you should hire him/her. In other words, what makes them different from competitors? Most probably a good real estate agent will be not reluctant to answer this question.
Everyone has their own way to evaluate a real estate agent and you probably have made already a list of qualities you want this person to possess. However, there are some general qualities you definitely should look for when hiring. These qualities include: honesty, trustworthiness, assertiveness, excellent negotiation skills, good communicating skills and friendliness.
And last but not least, you should find out what guarantees can the real estate agent offer you. Let's say, that you have hired the agent, but eventually you are not happy with the work he is doing. What you need to know is what the procedures for canceling the agreement are; are there any penalties and, if yes what they are. It is important to understand this, because it can save you a lot of troubles if you really want to cancel the agreement in time.
Once you ask these questions you can make your decision whether to hire the person or not, based on the answers you will get.
Because of all the troubles and searching, and probably the lack of security in some cases, many people are reluctant to hire a real estate agent. If you think, that you possess the qualities required for a successful real estate agent, you might be able to do it yourself and thus save some money. However, if you rather have the work perfectly done, you should hire the best real estate agent. Using the tips given in this article may help you decide whom to hire. In addition to that, it will give you a sense of security.
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