Like any business partnership, in some cases, it’s best to move away from a current real estate agent to work with someone better. It’s nothing personal, it’s just business and happens all of the time. If you find yourself in this situation, there are 4 important things to consider when hiring a new real estate agent.
What is the agent’s track record?
Most successful real estate agents are not shy about their sales records. This information is publicly available for new clients to be able to see where the agent has sold homes and what his or her specialty may be. Before choosing to hire a new agent, look into their previous history and interactions with clients. You’ll quickly find reviews through Zillow or Trulia, and may even find reviews on Google and Facebook (if they have business pages created).
How long has the agent been in the business?
While a tenured agent is always preferred, you may wish to work someone who has a fresh real estate license. If they just passed their real estate licensing exam, they will know everything about the market and be ready to help you find what you’re looking for. It’s also good to keep in mind that new agents are hungry – hungry for the best deal and to please their clients knowing it can bring referral business.
When I got my start in real estate, I had to learn quickly that I needed to provide a cutting edge to what I was offering. Compared to other agents in my city, I really didn’t have the experience and needed to differentiate myself. For that reason, I worked harder and faster than other agents I knew, just to provide the best experience possible and then gain new clients. Years later, I’m one of the most successful Chicago single family homes agents in the entire midwest.
Does the agent have valid references?
Don’t be shy to ask the new real estate agent for referrals from past clients. In addition to online reviews, this is one of the quickest ways to see how the agent will handle your real estate transaction. The agent should be able to provide a list of at least 3 references for you to call or email should you have any doubts or concerns about the new agent.
Does the agent have a website?
Finally, does your new real estate agent have his or her own website? This may come as a silly recommendation, but it’s important to see how invested into the career your next agent is. If they have taken the time to have a web designer build out a website with real estate technology, you can easily assume they are in the career for the long haul. Conversely, those agents who rely on their broker’s site to showcase their information and sales may only be in the profession for a short time.
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