Agents’ Recent Clients
Ask agents to provide a list of what they’ve listed and sold in the past year, with contact information. With past clients you want to know what the asking price was and then what the sales price was. If you’re selling, ask whether the previous properties were similar to yours in price, location and other key features. You want someone who specializes in what you’re selling.
License and Disciplinary Actions
The states license and discipline real estate agents. Check with your state’s regulatory body to find out whether an agent you’re considering is licensed and or has any disciplinary actions or complaints. That information may be posted online.
The Right Credentials
Doctors have specialties, and so do real estate agents, many of whom get additional training in particular areas. The alphabet soup after an agent’s name can indicate that the agent has taken classes in a certain area of real estate sales. If the agent calls herself a Realtor with a capital R, that means she’s a member of the NAR.
Experienced an Agent
A state licensing authority often can tell you how long an agent has been in business. Or, you can ask the agent directly. Ultimately, what you want is someone who is actively engaged in a particular area and price range. You’ll want an agent to demonstrate knowledge of the area and homes in your price range.
Agent’s Current Listings
Most buyers start their search online, and you want an agent who uses that tool effectively. Look at how closely the agent’s listings mirror the property you want to buy or sell. Are they in the same area? Is the price range similar? Does the agent have enough listings to indicate a healthy business, but not so many that you’d be waiting days for him or her to return your call?
Knowledge of the Area
A good agent should know about other properties that are available in the area. Mention a house in your area that recently sold or is for sale. If the agent knows the property and can give you a few details, that means he or she really knows your area.
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