How Do I Choose The Right Realtor

How Do I Choose The Right Realtor

One of the things that can make the sale or purchase of a home easier is using the right agent. Well what is the right agent you say? I knew you would ask!
The most important thing in choosing am agent is the same thing when choosing a doctor, a lawyer or a mortgage banker. You have to communicate in the same manner. If you only want to text and your agent doesn't want to do anything but talk on the phone - you have a disconnect. If you want to see things only on Saturday morning and your agent is never available on Saturdays - disconnect! If you think that you  are very touchy feely and your agent is cold or vice versa - once again, you got it - DISCONNECT!!
Why is this important? You are going to have questions, a lot of them, you are going to have problems, hopefully not a lot of them, you are going to spend a lot of time together. This can be a stressful process so how you communicate with your agent is also very important when you make your choice.
What else is important when you pick your agent? One thing that for me as a agent is very important especially for sellers is how appointments to show are made for buyers. I find quite a few listings that a buyer's agent must contact the listing agent directly to make an appointment. Sometimes the listing agent will require a text message with all kinds of info before they even return a text. Other times I will call an agent and a week will go by without a return call. This is not getting the sellers' property shown and therefore sold. Some companies have a receptionist and agents answering calls during business hours and they make the appointments. This is a step up from only one person making the appointments. My preferred method is a company that uses Centralized Showings. These folks do nothing but make appointments and if I were selling that is what I would want. 
Another item to be concerned with when choosing your agent is if they are accessible. Some folks only work during certain times of certain days. Some companies advocate this as "time blocking" and feel this increases the agents' productivity. That may be for some but if you are only available when your agent has not blocked out time for phone calls, you are in trouble. 
One measure of a agent is whether they are in fact a REALTOR, someone that belongs to the National Association of Realtors and lives by a code of ethics, This is a statement of standards by which people work. It is a good place to start. 
Some folks say real estate is a business and I run my business, my business doesn't run me. Others say, real estate is a 24 hour business and I try to be available as often as I can be.  These are things to consider in selecting your agent. There are all kinds of successful agents out there. You can pick the one that is right for how you want to work. This is a big purchase, probably the biggest of your life. Pick someone you want to work with.

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Dated: November 11th 2013
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About Mary: I have a long background in public service. I am a Registered Nurse with a BA and an MPS in Health C...

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