Clients tend not to have access to the same information about realtors as they do about professionals in other industries. However, there are a few things you can to do help you find and choose the right broker. With that said, below are a few tips you can use to help you find a good broker.
1. Get In Touch With Former Clients– Many realtors promote themselves, which means they can spend so much time explaining why they are the best at what they do, but there is something you can do to get an idea of how confident they are in themselves. You can ask them for recent clients they have worked with. If they provide you with a list of past clients, then they are proud of their work, but if they try to not provide you with a list of past clients, they probably think their past clients won’t say nice things. Ideally, you should contact a few past clients of a realtor before you decide to hire them.
2. Get Info About Selling Stats– There are so many realtors that will do what they can to make sure the properties they sell are sold at the full asking price, while some realtors will tell their clients to accept a lower sale price. It really depends on how much determination and energy the salesperson is willing to put into a project. Get selling stats and if those stats reveal they often come short of the asking price, then chances are they don’t like going the extra mile for clients.
3. Check Licensing– In most states, real estate agents must have certain types of licenses, and there are some states that handle any complaints lodged against the agents. You might be able to find out if a realtor belongs to a database by doing a little bit of research online. Regardless if you do this or not, you should always ask the real estate agent if they have a license, and ask if you can see their license, if possible.
4. Credentials Matter– Many real estate agents undergo various training programs in order to become qualify as specialists in various areas. A good example of this is sometimes a broker will earn Certified Residential Specialist credentials, and another broker may have obtained their Accredited Buyer’s Representative. If you see an agent with extra letters added to their title, such as the ones just mentioned, it is a good indicator of what kind of experience they have, and this is a good sign too, so when you choose a broker you should ask about their credentials.
5. Inquire About Experience– One of the reasons why people make the switch to real estate from other careers is because of how easy it is to do it, as it doesn’t really require experience nor does it require extensive training. Many agents actually don’t have more than five years of experience, but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do business with them. Ideally, you want to do business with an agent who has many years of experience or one who has sold many houses, as they too will likely have a lot of experience.
Keep those tips in mind. Also, do a little bit of research on your own. If you do those things, then you should find a good agent.