Finding a good real estate agent is imperative for first-time home buyers. There are lots of things to consider when picking a real estate agent, and I will try going through the basics. The first thing you need to do is cut through all the attention and hype created by online ads, yard signs, sponsored public benches, and direct-mail postcards. It doesn’t matter whether you are selling or buying a home, a great real estate agent can make all the difference.
In my experience, which spans the better part of 27 years, you need to account for the following factors when choosing a good real estate. These include:
- Their history in the industry
- Their credentials
- Their current listings
- Their licensing
- Talk with their recent clients
These are all hallmarks of a great real estate agent, who will get you value for money and the right property in Atlanta, GA.
1. Their history in the industry
You can either research about the real estate agent or simply ask them about their experience in the industry. State licensing authorities can only tell you about the length of time an agent has been conducting business in real estate. You should opt for working with agents with more than 5 successful years of experience in the industry since it shows they are actively engaged in the industry.
You want a real estate agent with knowledge about the right area and homes that come up in your price range and budget. Therefore, always look at the history of a real estate agent before choosing them.
2. Their credentials
Real estate agents have their own specialties, like doctors. If the real estate agent has an alphabet after their name, it indicates they have taken special courses for real estate sales. For instance, if they have the following designations, it stands for:
- SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialists):Completed training for helping seniors (above 50 years of age) buy and sell homes.
- ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative):Completed education to represent buyers in their transactions.
- CRS (Certified Residential Specialist):Finished training for handling all types of residential real estate.
3. Their current listings
You can easily check the current listings of a real estate agent on the internet, by visiting their website, or buy going to an online database of properties on MLS.com. Most home buyers today tend to research buying property on the internet first, and agents with an online presence will get more clients. You should look at the listings of the agent, and work with one that has properties that are like what you want to buy or sell.
4. Their licensing
You should always check the licensing of the real estate agent before choosing them. Most States have boards that discipline and license agents, so get in touch with the regulatory body in your state for checking the licensing of a prospective agent.
5. Talk with recent clients
You can request a real estate agent to provide you with a list of clients they have helped buy or sell property in the past year. Once you have their contact information, you can reach out to those people, and ask them whether they were satisfied or disappointed with the agent. This will give you a general idea about how the real estate agent works and what kind of service you can expect to get from them.
If you want to learn more about how to choose a good real estate agent, check out my YouTube page, and visit Platinumrealestate.com today. Always feel free to contact me directly if you need assistance buying or selling your next home. firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-994-4600.