Do Your Research
Whether you are buying or selling real property, do your research on the agent you chose to represent you! Not only is the agent you hire representing you as a client, but they will represent you as a person. I, for one, would want someone who cares about my property as much as I do; another characteristic I would want in my agent is a hard worker- someone who will work all hours of the day or night to ensure a successful process.
Next question- how do you figure out if the agent you interview is the right fit for you? The answer- ask the questions you want answered! Do not be afraid to bluntly ask, “How are you going to market my property? What all marketing tools do you use to advertise my property? How often do you work in your real estate profession? How long have you been an agent in our area? What type of loans/banks do you prefer?” These are some professional questions you should always ask potential agents which will assist you in making a decision.
One question that I get asked a lot is “What’s your commission?” It’s a great question and you should always ask it, but something to keep in mind is the fact that the lowest commission is not always best. As my Mawmaw always told me, “You get what you pay for.” and it is very true. When it comes to one of the most valuable things you own, you want professional services with personal touches. When a person is faced with finding a health specialist, you do not search for the cheapest, but you search for the best which is how it should be when dealing with your real estate needs.
Do not get me wrong, I don’t fill every single clients wondrous idea of the perfect agent, but I try to find clients with a the right fit for me as well. I have turned down potential clients due to the fact that we do not share the same goal for the real estate process, but I have always had full confidence that I was making the right decision in walking away from someone. There are never hard feelings but as the old saying goes, “Business is business.” and I, as a professional, have learned to accept this simple fact.
If this blog or any of my others have developed questions or commesnt, please feel free to contact me anytime to further a discussion!! I look forward to continuing my career in Nicholas County and will always strive to be a better and successful agent for each of my clients!