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What’s The Best Way To Find A Real Estate Agent?

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My sister lives out of state and will be selling her home.  She asked me: “What’s the best way to find a real estate agent?” This is my advice to my younger sister:

When seeking a real estate agent to list your home for sale, their internet presence is important.  Because I have a strong internet presence you are reading my blog.  As 90% of home buyers begin their search online, internet ranking is critical for listing agents.

Whether looking for a Realtor to find you a home or sell yours, you should consider:

1)       Working with your previous Realtor.  One of the most important aspects of an agent/client relationship is trust.  If you trusted your last agent and believe they did a great job representing you, your search for a real estate agent is over.

2)      If you don’t have a relationship with a Realtor, ask your family, friends or neighbors for their recommendation.

3)      Visit neighborhood open houses. Home sellers, pay particular attention to the quality of the agent’s marketing material, brochures (professional photos) and their knowledge of your neighborhood

Finding a real estate agent to help you find your dream home is a bit different. I personally don’t represent a lot of buyers.  Natalie most often works with home buyers. Working with a strong buyer’s agent such as Natalie offers a variety of benefits:  She spends more time looking and showing real estate than I.  She writes more purchase contracts, while I spend more time representing home sellers.

Before committing to a Realtor, you should of course check any online reviews and have an initial meeting or interview.  I work very closely with my clients (as do most Realtors), not only is it important that you trust your real estate agent; you should like them as well.  The best relationships are based on friendship, trust and mutual respect.  The Realtor/client relationship is no different.

Learn more about Phyllis, her brother-in-law Joe Harb.

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