Finding a good real estate agent can be difficult. You want someone who is knowledgeable, trustworthy and has your best interests at heart.
Here are some tips on how to find a good real estate agent:
Ask friends and family for recommendations. One of the easiest ways to find a good agent is by word-of-mouth. Ask people you trust if they know anyone who has bought or sold a home recently and had a positive experience. If not, ask them to recommend someone reputable in their area that specializes in residential real estate sales.
Search online for agents in your area. Another easy way to find an agent is by searching online. There are several websites where you can search for agents based on specific criteria like location or type of home (single-family vs. condo). Some sites even include reviews from previous clients so you can get an idea of how satisfied customers have been with their experience working with the agent.
Visit open houses in your area and talk with potential agents there about why they decided to sell their home through these open house events rather than listing it with another company or agency. When you speak with them during an open house, ask questions about how long they’ve been working as real estate agents, what companies they work.
Research the market by reading reviews of various agents or asking around about their reputations. You can also look for reviews online by checking out different websites that offer reviews of local businesses such as Yelp or Google+.
Look at local real estate websites. Most communities have websites where agents can post information about homes they’ve sold or ones they’re currently selling. These sites often have photos of the houses, too, so you can get an idea of what’s available before ever setting foot in their offices.
Ask them how long they have been working in the industry and how many homes they have sold over the years – this will help give you an idea of how experienced they are at selling homes in your area.
Check credentials. Some states require agents to pass certain tests or classes in order to get licensed; others don’t require any sort of certification at all. Check your state’s licensing requirements before hiring anyone, but also be sure to check out other credentials that may indicate how experienced an agent is — such as membership in professional organizations or even awards for service.