Ten Tips to Follow While Choosing a Real Estate Agent

 

Real estate is a pricey investment and also one of the most important ones. Apart from the huge amounts of money involved, a house is an investment that can be passed on to generations together. Hence, it becomes very important that this investment is made very carefully and you get a good deal out of the transactions involved. Real estate agents are a must if you are looking to buy or sell a property. They can help you save your time and energy in finding a suitable seller or buyer and get a good deal out of your real estate venture.

However, if you consult the wrong real estate agent who is incapable of finding you a good deal or fraudulent in nature, he/she will waste a lot of your time and delay your plans. Hence, before finding that perfect property to buy or perfect buyer to sell a home, say in Miami Beach or any other place, you need to find a Miami Beach real estate agent who can help you with everything related to properties. Here are 10 tips that you must follow while choosing those real estate agents.

1. To begin with, do your research on the local real estate agents available using directories or classified ads in newspapers. In addition, ask your neighbors, friends and family for more suggestions. If you have been living in the city for way too long, yourself might know two or more agents who are quite famous in the city.

2. If you are new to the city and don’t have anyone to suggest you the good real estate agents in the city, you can always look up this information in online directories, real estate websites and in social media sites where people recommend good real estate agents.

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3. While researching, also look for the agent’s website and social media channels. Never consult an agent who has a poor or zero digital presence or portfolio. It clearly signifies that the agent is outdated, reluctant to change and certainly the least competitive of the lot. Once you are done gathering all the available information on the local real estate agents, it is time to meet them.

4. Always schedule the appointment with these agents while they are working and visit them when they are interacting with their clients. First impression of a real estate agent at work is very crucial as you get a slight picture of the way the agents interact with their clients and respond to their choices.

5. Also, during your first meet, keep a keen eye on the way the agent talks to you, heeds to your preferences and makes relevant suggestions. After the meet up, take your time and think if you would be comfortable to work with the agent for the next few days. Never force yourself to work with an agent who is ill-mannered, never on time and negligent in nature.

6. Also, never proceed with an agent who is always available in his/her office and seems to be in leisure. Good and competitive real estate agents in today’s market conditions are always on the go and are always to be found in open houses, talking with their clients.

7. Once you decide to proceed with the real estate agent, it is time to verify his/her license. Good real estate agents (http://www.wikihow.com/Find-a-Good-Real-Estate-Agent) wouldn’t mind you asking them to show their licenses and would be happy to present it before you. It is very important that your agent is transparent with you and hides nothing on purpose.

8. Apart from the license, also ask for the agent’s credentials or designation. Real estate agents have three different type of designations namely CRS (Certified Residential Specialist), ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative) and SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist). Ask which one is your agent.

9. It is always wise to ask your agent to share the contacts of his/her previous clients and have a friendly talk with them about the whereabouts and success rate of the chosen real estate agent. Especially if you are buying or selling a luxury property and a lot of money is involved.

10. Lastly, ensure that the chosen real estate agent is a native of the city as it is very important that the agent is well aware about the city, has a good network of buyers and sellers and maintains a regularly updated listing. Also, don’t proceed with the agent if his/her experience is below 5 years.

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