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It is extremely important to find the right agent in a competitive real estate market. A real estate agent will make the difference between a good experience and a bad experience. There are many real estate agents in our area, and it seems that everyone knows someone. There are many different brokerages, but the person you hire is more important than the company they work with. How do you cut through all the advertising propaganda to find the agent that is right for you?

  1. Are they dedicated to the business? Consider whether they are full-time or part-time. If they are part-time, what is the reason? If they have a full-time job, will they be available as needed? Do they invest in training and continuing education? Do they stay current with the changing technology that is helping sell homes in the industry?
  2. What is their track record? Do the homes they list sell close to the asking price? Ask for their list to sales price ratio. The closer to 100%, the better the agent is at pricing a home in the current market. A ratio of over 100% means that the agent prices the home in a manner that generates offers over the asking price. Another great statistic to look at is the average number of days it has taken for their listings to sell. This stat may not be the same for you depending on the time of year you list and what is happening in the market at the time, but it is good to know.
  3. What is their experience? How long have they been an active real estate agent? Each sale can be different from the last. Experience is priceless. This is not to say a newer agent isn’t good but ask the right questions before hiring. A real estate agent may not have an immediate answer for anything unusual that may occur, but a great agent will know how to find an answer and suggest ways to solve any problems.
  4. Check the agent’s testimonials and talk to a few recent clients. Most agents will publish testimonials on their personal website and 3rd party websites. Check them out and see what past clients have to say. You can also ask the agent for permission to contact a few past clients to speak with them on the phone.
  5. Do you like the agent? Experience and track records are important, but do you like the agent? You will be spending a considerable amount of time with your real estate agent, especially if you are buying a home. Most agents have the same technology and services available, so how the agent makes you feel can be the differentiator.
  6. Interview 3 agents. Unless you have a recommendation from a highly trusted source and know their experience with the agent, interview at least 3 agents so you can make an educated decision. Ask the right questions related to their experience, track record, plan of action, etc.
  7. Discuss your expectations. Speak with each real estate agent that you interview about what you expect in your experience whether buying or selling. Discuss with the agent your preferences on communication. Is the agent open to tailoring plans to meet your needs or stringent on using their plan only?

There are many great agents in our area who will work hard for you. Finding the right fit is important to you meeting your real estate goals. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you and answer all your questions.

Call Julie at 412-352-8941 or Nancy at 412-480-6423 for your real estate needs. You can also email us at julie@thesnidergrp.com or nancysnider49@gmail.com. Visit our website at www.TheSniderGrp.com.

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