How to Find a High-Quality Real Estate Agent

Looking for a real estate agent is not that difficult, but looking for a high-quality real estate agent is a different story. A real estate agent should be someone whom the client is really comfortable with. There are several things to be considered for a real estate agent to be of high-quality.

To get a real estate agent, you need to ask around. Ask your friends, neighbors or relatives if they know someone who is reliable and has a good reputation for being a real estate agent. A referral from the people who you know of is a sign that the agent is really good on what he does. You can also attend open houses to get to know some of the real estate agent. Talk to them and gauge them if he or she will fit in to your criteria. Do your research. Check if they have a good reputation and if they are really capable.

When you are talking to a real estate agent, you have to ask questions. You have need to know if the real estate agent has an active license. Of course, you need to know if the agent is legit and is not a bogus one. You would want someone who really knows what he’s doing, who can provide you insight and ideas on how to sell or buy a property. If they don’t have a license, then don’t deal with them. You can also ask if real estate is his full-time career, how much of their business comes from referrals or if they live in the area or not. In that way, you are aware of his background. You can also ask if he or she is a member of MLS or Multiple Listing Service. It is better if the agent is a member because he or she has access to all the listings in the area, including pictures and descriptions.

While talking to them, you should take down notes. You can’t remember all the information that the agent would give you. It is best to note everything and compare the information that you got from other real estate agents. Pick the agent that suits your need.

You should also consider what type of agent they are. There are two types of agents, buyer’s agent and seller’s agent. If you are going to sell your property, you need a seller’s agent, if you are buying a property, you need buyer’s agent. Don’t pick an agent who represents both sides. You need someone who is loyal and honest to you. There are agents who do both, so be careful as you don’t know what their real intentions are. Your selling or buying price must be strictly confidential between you and the agent only.

Choosing the right real estate agent when buying or selling a property is a must to be successful. They represent you during negotiations. It is critical for you to get a high-quality agent so you will feel confident in every step of the way.


Life of a Real Estate Agent

Being a real estate agent is one of the stressful and demanding jobs out there. You need to have patience, passion and determination to achieve your goals. You also need to have the knowledge to close a sale in order for you to get a commission. Real estate agents are responsible for selling and buying a property. For those people who want to get into the real estate world, you have to prepare yourself physically and mentally.

Real estate agent can be a buyer’s agent or a seller’s agent. On the buyer’s side, the buyer will hire an agent once he has obtained proof of funds or pre-approval from the bank. The agent then will negotiate and do counter-offers with the seller’s agent. Once they have reached an agreement, escrow phase begins. Escrow closes once a new deed is recorded in the buyer’s name.

On the seller’s side, he’ll hire an agent (seller’s agent). After checking the title, property inspection, the agent will list the property in the MLS (Multiple Listing Services) and other listing sites. Once listed and there’s a buyer, he’ll negotiate with the buyer’s agent. Once they have reached an agreement, same thing will happen, escrow phase will happen and it will be closed once the title is under the buyer’s name.

These are what real estate agents do. They do a lot of paperworks and legwork just to close the transaction. Aside from that, agents are also responsible for administrative task such as completing, submitting and filing real estate documents. Schedule showings are also agent’s responsibility. They are also responsible for creating flyers. Data entry is also their field. They also do CMA or Comparative Marketing Analysis. There are agents who hire assistants to help them with their administrative task.

Real estate agents also does lead generation. They find clients, be it a seller or a buyer to get a commission.

Working with clients closely is their job as well. They need to have open communication with either the buyer or the seller and update them as to what is the progress already. They need to update the buyer if there is something that needs to be changed on the contract, or the seller if they are plenty of offers from buyer’s agents.

There are times that a real estate agent may have sleepless nights just to get his job done. Aside from physical and mental challenges, they really need to have keen eye for details as they are dealing with contract. They need to protect the rights of either the seller or the buyer.

All in all, real estate agents deserve a commendation or even a simple pat on the back if they were able to close a transaction aside from giving their commission. It is very really difficult. It may take weeks or months just to finish the transaction. A simple appreciation and recognition will really boost their morale.