Thursday, May 2, 2013

Finding a Needle in a Haystack

The world is full of real estate agents, but today, it is more important than ever to have an agent that is fully connected to your needs and who can help you navigate through this fast paced market.  Whether you're buying or selling, the difference between having an average real-estate agent or a superstar can mean thousands of dollars in your pocket. It can mean selling your home for top dollar or losing the house of your dreams to a more organized buyer.  You want a pro in your corner when you make what may be the biggest transaction of your life.
So how do you spot this needle in a haystack?  Fortunately, a little legwork and the right questions go a long way. As an agent and as a consumer, I believe the best way to find an agent is by getting a recommendation from someone you trust. Not only is your friend's experience the best predictor of your satisfaction, but, since an agent's personal network is his lifeline, he is likely to work harder knowing that a friend or client will hear about his performance.  Most real estate agents stay in business because satisfied clients refer them to friends, family, neighbors and coworkers. Ask the people around you who they have used and ask them to describe their experiences with this real estate agent. Successful agents make customer satisfaction their number one priority and put their customers' needs before their own.
Don't settle for someone who just promises to show you homes or list, advertise and sell your place; every agent has to do those things. What you want to know is, What sets them apart? What will he/she do to go the extra mile for me? Having an agent that is committed to going above and beyond average expectations will set your home buying/selling experience apart from the others. When you get right down to it, it's that willingness to go the extra mile that distinguishes the true professionals from the fakes. Buying or selling a home is one of the biggest transactions you'll make. With several million real estate professionals out there, it's not hard to find an agent, the challenge lies in finding a good one, so be sure you do your homework.
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