If you are in the market to either buy or sell this spring, now is the time to hire a Windsor real estate agent. With so many agents, how do you find the one that is right for you?
What Are Your Goals?
Are you looking for a condo? Maybe an investment property? A home in another town? Do you want a certain neighbourhood? Fixer-upper? Regardless, have an idea of what you are looking as it can narrow your agent search.
You don’t buy a home, car or any other major purchase without doing some research. That is why you need to make sure you do the same with a real estate agent – the person who will be representing you as you make what could be the biggest financial deal of your life. Go online, ask friends, co-workers and family members and get their recommendations.
Don’t Settle On Less Than The Best
Look at it this way, when paying a commission, you are paying the same for a good agent as you would a bad one. So why demand anything else?
Here are some other suggestions for finding, interviewing and hiring the right real estate agent whether buying or selling:
1. Meet agents at open houses. Even if you are not interested in the property, go inside and meet the agent if you see their signs throughout your neighbourhood. All agents are happy to meet you and would love your business.
2. Is the agent busy? You want an agent that is a go-getter and who can work effectively for you. Do they have a team that works with them who is available when they can’t be? Of course, if you only want to deal with the agent, then make that known.
3. You want an agent that has closed on many properties. If you have an agent that only closes on a few houses a year, you might want to find someone else. More closings by a real estate agent means they have more experience and know how to negotiate a better deal for you and are not surprised by the sudden twists and turns that happen when you buy a home.
4. Make sure the agent you hire has a strong online presence. Because 90 percent of homebuyers look online for a home, you want to make sure your property is well represented in the Internet world. An active website, with social media experience, means your real estate agent is getting your home noticed to your target buyer.
5. How respected is your agent in the real estate world? This is important because you want that agent to network on your behalf. If they aren’t well thought of, then they can’t have access to the information that may find you a home or the perfect buyer.
6. Check references. Even if your agent comes highly recommended by your family or friends, call previous clients and ask their opinions.
7. Hire an agent that knows your community. If you are selling a home, you want an agent that works locally and will know the area well. They can answer questions, provide information on school districts and local services that an agent from another town couldn’t answer.
8. A good, professional agent should have lots of recommendations as far as home inspectors, banks, repair services that can be of invaluable help to you as you go through the buying process.
9. If buying a home for the first time, you want an experienced, full-time agent that can walk you through the process patiently and explain what you will need and when.
10. You want a real estate agent that will keep you informed of the progress of your sale or offer. If you have to keep calling them for information, then it can be a struggle. You don’t want an agent that forgets to tell you what paperwork you need or neglects to inform you of an appointment. Ask an agent how frequently they normally talk to their client during closing. A call back within 24 hours is reasonable. Don’t be upset if they don’t call you right back.
11. Interview several agents but make sure they are not telling you just want you want to hear. Beware of the agent that promises you a sky-high figure for your property when other similar homes in the area are going for far less. That’s the old bait and switch formula that will only cause you problems and delay when selling your home.