What to look for when hiring a REALTOR ®?

Dated: 11/28/2018

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Hiring the right Realtor can quite literally make or break your buying or selling process. Most people just hire someone they know. Maybe you go to church with them, maybe they are a relative, maybe a neighbor. Does the fact that you just know someone is a Realtor actually mean they are qualified to handle your transaction? If you’re lucky that person you know might just be a great agent who puts your interests first and provides a great service. If you’re unlucky it could be a disaster. Unfortunately the odds are in favor of the average Realtor you know not being a very good one. It is not difficult or expensive to get your Real Estate license and a lot of people do it for fun or to work part time. If the Realtor your working with is not a full time; very productive agent how can they be an expert? I often gain new clients who are coming off of a bad experience with a Realtor they used just because they knew them. Yes it’s hard to turn your friends down, but those feelings should not hold such an important decision hostage. Another thing to consider is a Realtors availability.  Are they going to be available to you on your schedule or theirs? A good Realtor should make it feel like they are available to you 24/7 though you likely won’t need them quite that often. The last trait I tell people to look for can be hard to find simply because you may have just met the Realtor you’re going to be work with. The question is can you trust this Realtor? Having the ability to trust your Realtors advice, opinions, and that they have your best interest at heart can be more valuable than any of the other items mentioned in this post. How can you determine if you can trust your Realtor? In some cases you may have spent some time interacting with them before deciding on them as your agent. Maybe they were referred to you by someone you know and trust. You can also do a search on them to see what kind of reviews they are getting, what their website or social media pages look like, etc.  At the end of the day you need to choose wisely as buying or selling a home is one of the largest decisions most people make in their lives.

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Brad Vincent

My name is Brad Vincent and I have been a top producing Realtor for 10+ years.Real estate is my passion and I pride myself in providing the best service possible. I have a 100% client satisfactory rat....

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