Choosing an agent is a big decision that should not be taken lightly. Your agent will be guiding you through one of the most important and expensive decisions in your life, so it’s vital to ensure that you choose someone you can trust.
To help with this process, we’ve outlined the top 10 things to look for in a trusted agent:
1. Listens and asks questions about your preferences
Listening is the key to effective communication. The first step in finding a solution is listening to your client’s needs and preferences. If a trusted agent doesn’t ask questions, they won’t be able to understand what you want or need. Asking questions can also help them get a sense of your budget and goals so that they can find an appropriate property for you.
2. Pays close attention to the needs of his or her clients
When you are looking for a trustworthy agent, one of the most important things to look out for is whether or not they listen to what you want. An agent who listens and asks questions will understand your needs and concerns.
Another important aspect is that they have a good understanding of the market. For example, if you’re selling your home in a particular neighborhood but do not know much about it (e.g., pricing trends, average days on market), then this might be something worth bringing up in an interview with an agent as well as asking them about their experience there or any other neighborhoods where they may have worked before coming back to yours!
3. Active in the community
It helps if you’re working with a real estate agent who is active in the community where your property is situated. By being active in the community, the agent stays informed on local issues which makes him a reliable source in the long-term.
Attending neighborhood meetings regularly is one of the things this agent can be seen doing. They also work with neighborhood groups in bridging together the needs of their community.
4. Intimately knows the neighborhoods
When looking for a real estate agent, it’s important to find someone who intimately knows the neighborhoods they work in and can quickly point out the benefits and drawbacks of each. A good agent will not only know all of their area’s popular restaurants, parks and recreational facilities but also be able to help you determine which neighborhood is right for you.
They should have spent years living in the area they are selling homes in—and more importantly living there while working with clients who were relocating to that neighborhood. This gives them invaluable insight into current market conditions, as well as what makes each place special or unique compared with other areas nearby.
5. A tireless negotiator
It is an agent’s job to negotiate the best possible deal for their client. A good negotiator should be able to ask for the lowest price on a home, and make sure you get the most out of your offer. If they aren’t able or willing to do that, then they’re not going to be much help at all in this area. So before hiring your first real estate agent, make sure that he or she has strong negotiation skills and knows how to get you what you want!
6. Has a track record of success
Before you consider hiring an agent, ask for references. Talk to their current clients and seek out testimonials from them. If possible, try to speak with the clients themselves rather than their agents. This will help you get a better feel for how effective the agent is at working with people and what makes them so special. You can also gain some insight by looking at any marketing materials that were created by your potential agent (brochures, business cards, etc.). This can give you a sense of what kind of work they do and how much experience they have in real estate sales.
In addition to asking questions about their client’s satisfaction levels and success rates with past sales efforts, be sure to ask if there are any major differences between those successes and failures—what made one sale go smoothly while another didn’t?
7. Willingly shares their professional resume
When you’re looking to find a real estate agent, you want to be sure that the person is trustworthy and will work hard for you. Checking out their professional resume is one way of getting an idea of whether or not they are a good fit for your needs.
Here are some tips on what to look for in a professional resume:
- Ask about their past experiences working with people like yourself. If the agent has sold homes similar to yours in price and location, then it means they have experience dealing with similar situations.
- Ask about their experience selling homes like yours. You don’t want someone who specializes exclusively in luxury homes; if your home is worth less than $1 million, then this type of agent will likely not be able to provide optimal representation because she won’t be familiar enough with local market conditions or know which neighborhoods have potential buyers willing pay top dollar for properties similar to yours (or which properties might need some serious renovations before they’re ready).
- Make sure the agent has had success selling houses like yours! While past performance doesn’t guarantee future results—and even successful sales may have been due solely thanks significant amounts improvements made after purchase—it’s important not overlook these details when vetting potential agents since there’s no better predictor than actual performance history when gauging how well an individual might perform on your behalf.
- Ask about what makes them best qualified for this particular situation. Look at the photos included on their LinkedIn page–are these properties comparable? Do these locations look like areas where someone would buy houses priced similarly as yours?
8. Provides market analysis
A comparative market analysis (CMA) is a report that compares similar homes currently being sold in your area, and gives you an idea of what your house should sell for under normal conditions. A good agent doesn’t give their clients data out of thin air. But rather, they take their time to do the research necessary to highlight the current value of your home. Based on the comparables, the agent is able to give recommendations in pricing and creating a marketing strategy for your home.
9. Keeps an eye out for new inventory on the market
If you’re looking for a trusted agent, keep your eyes peeled for one who will look out for you. Your agent should be on the lookout for new inventory that matches your search criteria and alert you when it’s available.
A great, experienced agent is fueled by his desire to succeed in helping his clients. So be generous in giving the agent more information and a little motivation when searching for your property. Find a good agent and you’ll never miss out on a great new listing.
10. Handles everything with professionalism
You want to make sure your agent is responsive. This means they will respond to emails and phone calls in a timely fashion. They’ll follow up on any issues that arise, and they’re honest and trustworthy.
The best agents are good communicators—they listen, answer questions thoroughly, provide information when you need it, and keep you in the loop at all times.
They’re also ethical—they don’t mislead clients or try to sell property at below-market value just so they can make more money later on (which happens sometimes).
Building trust is vital when choosing an agent.
Trust is an important part of any relationship, and this is especially true when it comes to choosing a real estate agent. Trust is built over time through consistent and honest interactions with others. You should feel comfortable sharing your needs and goals with your agent, knowing they will guide you in making the best decisions for your family.
Building trust takes time, but you can start by communicating openly with your agent during the home buying process. Do what you say you’ll do—find out what’s expected of both parties right away, so there are no surprises later on down the road! If something comes up during negotiations (like an unexpected inspection), let them know immediately so they can keep track of those details too!
By now, you should have a pretty good idea of what to look for in an agent. You want someone who is knowledgeable and experienced, well-versed in the neighborhoods you’re interested in, and has a proven track record of success.
Most importantly, however, you want someone who listens to your needs and wishes—someone who is willing to work with you to find the perfect home for your family. From all of us at SPIRE Group PH, we wish you the best of luck finding that perfect home.