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How to Spot the Best Real Estate Agent

By Charles Hopkins Published 04/21/2006 | Real Estate
A home can be a persons best asset. Ones equity in his home is not to be overlooked since it will help in meeting major needs now and in the future. So theres no reason for a person to entrust this asset to just any agent. You should always seek the very best service from your real estate agent.

Finding a top real estate agent will not only make most transactions flow smoothly for you, a good agent can also save you considerable money. The following pointers will help you single out an exceptional real estate agent and may prove to be indispensable steps for a homeowner.

1. Collect names and contact numbers.

Referrals, classified ads and online sources are what most people rely on when it comes to searching for services. Its easier to do a background check with referrals but if you want more choices, paper and online ads have a lot more to offer.

2. Interview like a pro.

After scheduling appointments with at least three or more real estate agents, prime yourself for an interview. A list of questions will be very useful. Include queries on the marketing technique of the agent, follow-up method and number of active listings, sales record and the option for cancellation of your listing. Asking for documents and other proof of his credibility is also advised.

3. Recognize if the working relationship with your agent is a "match".

After interviewing your perspective agent, its time to ask yourself who you think suits your taste. Who seems to be the most sincere? Who do you think will respect your decisions best? Oftentimes, your "gut feel" will aid in your decision. Consulting other experts in the real estate field can also help. Make sure that you are not swayed by persuasive sales statements and tactics. Always prioritize your needs when contemplating which agent to choose.

4. Never be in a rush.

Selecting an agent is not like picking an apple from a fruit stand. It takes time, lots of thinking and some preliminary work. If you happen to be one of the few people who find the "perfect" real estate agent, consider yourself fortunate. Now is the time when the real work begins of communicating the details of your marketing needs to your agent. But no matter how much work is involved, the whole process will work much more efficiently if you have selected the right agent!