Keep the following in mind when looking for right agent:
- Credentials. Real estate agents’ training can vary so be sure to check out the initials after their names. They can mean the agent has special training or has taken specific classes in a certain specialty of real estate sales. For example, CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) means the agent has completed additional training in handling residential real estate; ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative) means the agent has addition education in representing buyers in a transaction. If the agent calls himself a Realtor that means he is a member of NAR (National Association of Realtors).
- Experience/Expertise. You want a full-time agent who is familiar with your area and with the type of property you’re selling. Are they tech-savvy? Do they employ a diverse range of marketing and advertising strategies? How many properties like yours have they been able to sell in the past?
- Talk with past clients. Ask agents for a list of property they’ve sold recently, along with contact information.
- Availability/Commitment. Make sure your agent is prompt and keeps in touch with you constantly so that they can be contacted easily should you have questions. Also, make sure your agent available on the weekends or in the evenings.
- Rapport. It’s important that your agent takes the time to listen to your goals and needs. Does your agent understand your unique situation and is he or she genuinely concerned about the outcome? The right agent will be your guide and partner so it’s important to find one you like, respect and one who genuinely cares about making sure you’re happy.