Let’s face it, buying or selling a home is an emotional experience and you’ll want someone you trust, who will be there for you and who knows what is going on. Until you have actually been through the experience, you might be surprised at how many different things are involved in the purchase or sale of a home. This is why having a professional realtor is crucial.
So how can you be sure that your friend’s realtor, the person you choose based on google reviews or the convenient office down the road is the right person for you? Here you will find several indicators that you have made the right decision.
They are responsive and always available.
A good realtor should be responsive and available for you, even during the busiest part of the housing season. This is imperative. If your realtor is leaving your hanging and you find yourself waiting around for answers in the middle of a transaction, something is wrong. The right person understands how important such a transaction is and will always make sure your needs are met.
You enjoy their company.
Since you will be spending some time together communicating and in person, it makes sense that you enjoy his or her company. This is a relationship of trust and friendship as well as business. If the going gets rough, you want to be dealing with someone you like being around. If you feel this way about your realtor, you might have found the right one.
They enjoy your company.
The best Realtors truly want to build good relationships with their clients. Sure this is a business transaction but a good Realtor will keep in touch with you after the transaction is complete. They won’t just work with you on the deal and disappear. Your realtor should be a good resource who is in it with you for the long term.
They have made sure you are pre-approved.
Buyers need to be pre-approved by a mortgage professional before going out to tour homes and a good realtor will ask you to make sure this is done. Getting pre-approved has a myriad of benefits for you the buyer, but also for sellers so they know you are serious, and for the Realtor. Going through the pre-approval process will certainly bring many things to light that you might not have considered, things you should know before purchasing a home. A good realtor knows this.
Is your realtor proactive or simply reacting?
This is a something that sets the right Realtor apart from all the others. A good Realtor will not just go through the motions and take orders, a good agent will help you identify and find solutions. A great realtor will always be on the lookout for properties or buyers that are ideal for you. He or she should be able to communicate well enough with you to suggest things you might not have considered before, because a proactive Realtor is the mark of a true professional.
Is Honesty their best policy?
A truly good Realtor will be honest, even when it hurts. Honesty is the key to any trust based relationship. Your realtor should be honest with you when you need to hear the truth. This person will do so even when it might cost you or them money. It is also ethical, and a Realtor with true character will pride themselves on Honesty and Integrity ahead of making money. If what you are looking for is impossible, the right Realtor will tell you that too.
They are not giving up easily.
So many real estate transactions run into problems or at best there are bumps in the road. Usually it is just delays but sometimes it feels like the universe is against you. Like anything else in life, it is always easier to just give up and let someone else figure it out. The right Realtor will not give up, will find a way to keep things moving, and will get creative if they have to.
The Bottom Line
The first thing you should do with your chosen Realtor is to meet in person. Meet at your home, their office, out for a coffee or wherever feels right to you. If you are a buyer, ask for a buyer consult. If you are selling, have the realtor come over and take a look around to offer you their insights. Ask questions, be yourself and see how you feel about working with this person for the next few months and possibly again in 20 or 30 years! Based on your first meeting, would you recommend this person to a friend or family member on first impressions alone?