The average person will buy or sell a house only a few times during their lifetime. It is important to have a logical strategy to select a REALTOR. Purchasing and selling a home for your family is a very emotional event. If you chose wisely, your REALTOR will be your partner through the entire transactions even when emotions are running high.
As a Minnesota REALTOR, I love assisting people to find the perfect home. My clients come from the referrals of past clients and friends. When I meet a potential client, I expect questions about myself and my business. Not all of these buyers and seller will ask relevant questions. Some can be caught up in the emotional buying process or a major life change and not thinking logically. I have outlined a step-by-step approach to selecting the perfect real estate agent for you. Part one of this article outlines how you can prepare yourself to set up meetings with potential REALTORS. Part two will give you specific questions you can ask of potential agents so that you can make a good decision.
Ask YOURSELF these six questions?
Who do you trust for advice?
Is it a parent or grandparent? Maybe a close friend or uncle? Or is it your sibling or boss? Think about the qualities that person possesses and why you look at them as an advisor. If your trusted advisor is your grandfather, you might prefer working with someone older. If you tend to bring your problems to your best friend, you might want a Realtor with similar characteristics to your friend.
How demanding are you?
If you are an impatient person who needs answers as soon as you think of a question, you will need a Realtor that is available to you. If you are more laid back, you might prefer a Realtor with a similar style.
Do you prefer to use email or the phone as your main source of information?
Some Realtors are very computer savvy and will answer an email within the hour. Others answer emails once a week or less. There are Realtors who return calls only one time a day or week. There are others that always answer their own phone and others that have an assistant to field calls and answer basic questions.
Are you into gadgets?
If you are listening to your Zune while you surf the net on your wireless laptop, you might prefer working with an agent who presents your market analysis in a Powerpoint presentation or emails it to you in a pdf file. If you prefer a paper document to refer back to and make notes on, a Realtor with more a more traditional style might be what you need.
Do you have expensive tastes and exclusive brands? Or are you more conservative?
If you like the finer things in life, you might prefer a Realtor who drives a BMW and signs your contract with a Mont Blanc pen. If you are more conservative, a Realtor in a Ford F250 that uses personalized ballpoints might be more your style.
Now that you have answered these questions, you have a bit of an idea as to what you are looking for. Armed with this information, it is time for the second step. Research websites of potential agents BEFORE you meet them. Read their profiles and determine what their style is. If you cannot ascertain their style from their site, move to the next agent. There are hundreds of good agents out there. But if they cannot market themselves, how will they be able to market your home? Come up with a list of 4 or 5 potential agents and visit your state’s department of commerce website to check for violations on each potential agent’s record. Also, check independent local sources like the Mpls/St Paul Magazine’s listing of Super Agents.
Now you are ready to interview the potential agents. Get some great questions ready so that you can find the best Realtor for you. Having trouble coming up with great questions? Real Estate Agent Selection Primer–How to Choose the BEST REALTOR for YOU! (Part Two of Two) will give you some advice.
Copyright 2007 Teri Eckholm
Source by Teri Eckholm