In most places across the country both buyers and sellers can benefit from having a good realtor on their team. Choosing the right realtor for you can make a huge difference in the process of buying or selling a house. Your house is likely to be the single biggest financial asset you ever have so it makes sense to have someone that is on your side looking after your interests. Let’s look at what goes into making a good realtor.
Real estate is a challenging industry and if you find a realtor that has survived the good and the lean times is a testament to their skills. Skills like negotiating develop over time and a real estate agent who has been in business for a while has done so by professional skill and putting their clients’ interests first.
A local agent understands the neighborhoods and properties in the city in which you are searching for a house. They have connections within the community including other agents, trades people, attorneys and mortgage brokers. They understand the pricing in the market place along with other considerations such as where the best schools are and which neighborhoods are up and coming.
They are Licensed
Each state has requirements for licensing agents and brokers and a licensed realtor needs to demonstrate their knowledge and pass several exams in order to get their license. This is what separates the pros from those just looking to take your money. You can check with the Georgia Secretary of State to find out if your realtor has a license or any disciplinary action against them.
They Know How to Market Your Home
Real estate has changed a lot in the past decade and now smart realtors know how to use the internet and social media to market houses. If you are selling it gets your house in front of more buyers and if you are buying it helps you narrow down your search to the type of house you are looking for. Any agent you work with needs to know how to market your home.
Talk to Former Clients
Former clients are a great source of information about a realtor. Were they happy with the service and did they feel like the realtor listened to and addresses their concerns? Would they recommend the realtor to their friends and family? You want a realtor that is going to aggressively act on your behalf to make sure you get the best deal you possibly can whether you are a buyer or a seller.