Whether you’re buying or selling a home, the process can be exciting, yet challenging and tiring. You want to make sure that everything goes right and get the best possible outcome. To get the best results, you need to pick the right real estate agent. To help you in that, here are some of the qualities you should look for in a great real estate agent.
The first quality you should look for in an agent is someone who you’ll enjoy working with. As an aunt of mine used to say, “Because nice matters.” The home buying/selling process is already difficult enough, and you’ll be spending a LOT of time with that agent while you either look at homes or get your home on the market, so you don’t want to start a relationship with someone who is going to be difficult to work with. It’s all about the attitude of your agent and the importance of that agent having a personality that’s friendly, considerate, and professional.
Next, you’ll want to make sure that your agent is knowledgeable of the area. Don’t choose an agent just because they live in that area, but definitely pick someone who is well-informed about your desired neighborhood and can offer the information that you need. Local knowledge is crucial to help you make an informed decision on purchasing, or in pricing your home according to the market environment.
Another quality you should look for in a real estate agent is availability. In today’s age of technology where it’s extremely easy to get in touch with someone, there isn’t any reason why an agent should be difficult to reach. I’m not saying that this is a pass for a client to be calling their agent every hour of the day, but the agent should be on hand just in case a client has a question or two about a property.
An agent should also always display humility. If a client asks an agent a question, but the agent isn’t sure of the answer, the agent shouldn’t just pull something out of the air just to have the question answered and make it look like they know what they’re talking about. What the agent should do is admit that they don’t have the necessary information to answer the question, but they will find out for the client and get back to them.
Finally, get an agent who is sincerely and authentically dedicated to providing you with the right service experience. In the stressful process of home buying/selling, the client needs someone who will be dedicated to what the client desires. The agent should exhibit certain signs of body language to show that they mean business when it comes to meeting the needs of the client. Such examples include direct eye contact and a firm handshake.
If you remember these qualities when looking for a real estate agent, going through the buying/selling process will surely be much more pleasant.