Whether you are buying a home or selling a home, finding the right real estate agent can be difficult. We have found that many people are not sure what to look for or how to know if they have found the right person. For this reason, we have listed three elements in which an agent should be knowledgeable. Take these factors into consideration when choosing an agent.
If you are ready to get started today, contact Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices at (310) 373-0021 or read our tips for buyers and sellers.
They Will Know the Location
It’s not enough that your agent knows real estate – they must also know the area in which you are buying. This local expertise can be essential. Do they know the home value trends? Do they know about the schools, restaurants, and flood plains? If you are looking in a city in which you do not currently live, then it is even more important that you work with an agent that is a local expert.
They Will Be Masters of Responsiveness
For most people, a home is the largest investment they will ever make. As a result, you want to trust that you are making the right decision – and that can only happen if you get answers to all your questions about the property. This requires that the agent returns your calls and emails and gets back to you quickly.
It is easy to find out how responsive an agent is – just call or email them. Did they answer the phone? Did they respond to your message quickly? If it takes them three days to respond to an initial inquiry, then you can expect that you might not get optimal responses from them if you work with them.
They Will Have Cultivated a Positive Reputation
In the days of the internet, it is not hard to get information on an agent you are considering. It is wise to look at their overall reviews. What do people have to say about them? Do people feel that their experiences were good? Or were their needs ignored?
While one bad review among hundreds of positive reviews might not be cause for worry, if there are 25 bad reviews and 25 good reviews, it might not be the right agent for you.
We Invite You to Call Us for Help Buying or Selling Your Home
No matter which side of the transaction you are on, we invite you to contact Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices at (310) 373-0021 for help. We can take the time to learn what you are looking for and can offer expert advice. Call now to ask us any questions you have about the process.