If you’re searching for the perfect professional to help you with your home buying or selling adventures, you’ve come to the right place. For those who are unfamiliar with how to choose a good real estate agent, it can be a daunting task to find the right fit – especially when it seems like there are so many real estate agents in Brevard County! When it comes to the best, you can trust The KIM TILLETT Team to get you the most out of your transaction! Buying and selling property can already be a stressful endeavor, but with qualified and reputable professionals by your side, you’ll walk away from the experience with a sense of pride in your decisions.
How do you know if you’re choosing the right real estate agent? Don’t be afraid to talk to several before deciding to stick with one. Here are some helpful questions to ask yourself in choosing an agent who is right for you.
Would you like to get a cup of coffee with this person?
This first question might seem trivial, but in reality, you’re going to interact with your real estate agent often throughout the length of a very important transaction. Making sure you simply enjoy speaking with them is actually very important! If having a simple conversation with them is making you uneasy, imagine trying to have a conversation around some of the more serious aspects of the transaction. A great first question to ask is whether or not you’d like to sit down for a cup of coffee with this person. If the answer is yes, you’re off to a great start in finding an agent you can trust.
What are former clients and other professionals saying about them?
Reputation is immensely important in the field of real estate. Most agents have online reviews on their website or Google pages that are easy to read through, with the potential to provide you with valuable decision-making power. Take a moment to review these and discern if other’s reviews are on track with what you’re hoping to gain from your real estate transaction.
Are they timely?
Especially during times when the current real estate market is hot, you need someone who understands the cruciality of time in buying and selling your house. The real estate market moves quickly and an agent who doesn’t understand how important timely responses and deadlines are will make or break a deal. Does this person respond in a reasonable time if you ask a question? Are they taking days to get back to you after you’ve left them a voicemail? Another way to phrase this would be to ask, “Does this person hustle?” These delayed communications can be red flags.
Are they a good listener?
Does the agent take time to hear your list of “must-haves” in a new home? Are they understanding your major concerns and worries? Are you having to repeat yourself too many times? If you are discovering your agent doesn’t take time to understand your unique wants and needs in the buying and selling processes, the outcome of the overall transaction might not go as you’d like.
Does your agent ask good questions?
Along the same line of thought as the previous question, does this agent ask insightful questions? Are they inquisitive about what you are hoping to get out of the sale? Additionally, for those who have never been involved in real estate transactions, even knowing the right questions to ask is difficult. There can be a lot of twists and turns throughout the sale and it’s important your agent helps you know what questions you should be asking.
Do they have a strong network of support within the industry?
An agent who has a great network of professional relationships within the industry is going to be able to better support you throughout the entire process. Someone who has connections with great lenders, surveyors, home stagers & interior designers, title companies, inspectors, and even construction professionals is well suited to support you in all your home buying and selling needs. Feel free to ask about this when meeting a new agent.
Do they understand your local housing market?
Your agent should have a thorough understanding of the local market so they know the most efficient way to get you a house that matches your needs. For example, there may be certain neighborhoods where the homes sell quicker than others. Comprehensive knowledge of the area will allow for sharper negotiation! This is especially important if you’re looking to sell a property. If they aren’t aware of the market then they won’t know how to properly market the home for the best price and to the best buyer.
Is this person being honest with you?
A great agent will instruct a client in ways that are compassionate, but also honest. Are they telling you only things you want to hear or things you need to hear? Sellers agents should be honest enough to let you know when you need to rearrange the home you’ve worked so hard to beautify because it would increase the sale price if it were decorated differently. It also means they aren’t making any dishonest deals – even if they’re on your behalf! Don’t be fooled, if they’re acting outside of honesty with you, they’re doing it in other ways too.
The KIM TILLETT Team
We know finding a great Realtor can be an overwhelming task. To get connected with an agent buyers and sellers truly rely on, reach out to The KIM TILLETT Team today. You’ll find The KIM TILLETT Team to be great answers to each of these questions and more.