During the calamities and frustrations that have pummeled the real estate industry lately, there is one group that held its head up high by proving its value to consumers – real estate agents.
People are finally figuring out that real estate agents are not just salespeople. They are service providers and problem-solvers who implement specific tactics when it comes to buying or selling your home.
Knowledge is the real estate agent’s stock in trade. Living and breathing market trends and conditions every day creates expertise that the average person doesn’t possess.
Agents know what makes a home sell – and they know how to get you the best price for your purchase. This is why they are worth their weight in gold.
Not to mention the access an agent provides to you in terms of the MLS – Multiple Listing Service. This tool is the industry pipeline that connects you with buyers and sellers as well as the informational websites that allow consumers to have the latest real estate information at their fingertips.
But, of course, not all real estate agents are created equal. Before selection one, make sure you ask the right questions. Here are a few suggestions:
“How long have you been in the real estate business?”
Experience counts for a lot. Make sure your agent has a strong track record.
“What is your business philosophy?”
If an agent doesn’t have one, find one who does. You want someone who is going to go the extra mile for you and who clearly articulates how they will do just that.
“How will you stay in touch with me during the process?”
Your agent should keep you informed and on track at the pace you are comfortable with. Get this information upfront so that you’re not left wondering what’s going on.
As we move ahead, the advice of a good real estate agent will become even more valuable. Your local Realtor is our lifeline to guide you through the morass of numbers and statistics about your neighborhood. Find a good one, treat them well, and their expertise will reward you.
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