Things to consider when shopping for a Realtor®
no one should assume they have your business
1.CUSTOMER SERVICE Count how many Realtors you know. Go, ahead-I’ll wait! It seems like every other person is licensed to sell real estate these days so what makes one more qualified than the next?
Unparalleled customer service every time.
Responsive Can you get ahold of them right away? A healthy work / family balance is hard to maintain, but, digital connection allows for immediate access to information and an ability to respond immediately without sacrificing time with family and friends. We might pride ourselves for being on beach time here but the business world doesn’t stop for piña coladas and you should never be left wondering if your agent got your email or wonder why no one has responded to your text.
Prioritize This person seems to be everywhere you turn and is always busy busy — they must be good at their game right? I’m sure they are, but, are they too busy being busy to make you a top priority or will you be just another transaction. Will you work with them directly or be passed along to their team of assistants? Do they offer everyone top-shelf service or just to luxury portfolios?
Immersed Do they work in real estate full time or just occasionally fit in a deal or two a few times a year in between tee times? This might work for some transactions but do you really want to entrust the sale of one of your biggest assets to someone who does this as a hobby? A Realtor fully immersed in your local market with a fine pulse on current trends and excellent adjacent industry connections can save you time and money.
2. OBLIGATION You used a particular agent on your last transaction and they are always so nice when you see them around town. You’re on their Christmas Card list after all. But while you might like them as a person, you’re not entirely pleased with the service you received during or after the sale. You owe them nothing.
3. COMPATIBILITY Let’s be real, buying or selling a house doesn’t happen over night. You are going to spend A LOT of time with this person so make sure it’s someone you enjoy being around. Do you feel like they get you and have a discerning eye for spotting your style. Does working together feel more like working with a friend? They might be a really great Realtor and such a nice person but if your personalities just don’t mesh it’s going to take all the fun out of things. Can you picture yourself excited to pop the bubbly together at closing? Life’s too short to spend time with people who don’t make you feel good about yourself. That’s the realtor you want to choose.
4. PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP
Buying or selling a home is a major financial decision-yet it’s often packed with emotion. Many real estate transactions are complicated and stressful things do come up; a heavy conversation with a friend or relative can feel awkward and add extra stress while the exact same information discussed during a strategy meeting with a business professional is much less daunting. A neutral party can negotiate and fight on your behalf to guarantee you make the best financial decision possible.
Not only do you trust this person to guide you in the right direction, you know they have your best interest at heart and genuinely care about you and your family. The focus is on helping you and not just making a sale. When they say they’ll protect your confidential client relationship and go to bat for you-you know they mean it.