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How do you select an agent? Five reasons to consider working with a newer REALTOR®
Buying or selling a home can be a complicated process. Advice can come from friends, family, and even strangers sometimes. That’s why working with a dedicated professional, committed to understanding the home buying and/or selling process is so important. But how do you choose? Is it length of time as an agent? How about number of homes bought or sold? Maybe it’s a referral from someone you trust. Perhaps it’s even looking to see if they’re a professional Realtor®, who commits to a standard of service above and beyond the expectations of just a licensed agent? However you choose, here are 5 things to keep in mind:
Who’s in your corner
Buying without an agent leaves you without critical information and insight, diminishes your negotiation power, and could risk you overpaying for a property.
Selling without an agent strips you of marketing power, whether determining a price range for your home (leading to being underpriced, or overpriced), a network of professional services to help make your home as appealing as possible, or could leave you at the mercy of having to do all the leg work of selling your home (and there’s a lot of it!).
Agents bring experience, knowledge, and tools. Working with an agent allows them to work in your best interest, leveraging all of their resources for you.
Length of time as an agent doesn’t always equate to experience
Sometimes agents will have their license for a long time, but only make a couple of sales in that time period.
Some agents work part time, focusing more on other jobs, potentially limiting availability to attend to you.
Newer Agents often have fresh perspectives
Markets are changing constantly, and newer agents bring a fresh perspective in analyzing and understanding home values for buyers and sellers.
Newer agents are usually taught now to be very customer oriented.
Newer agents are working to build their business. There is an extra motivation to ensure that you’re more than satisfied with the service.
The devil is in the details
Newer agents are usually more likely to ask for additional insight from their broker, and other agents. Working with a newer agent can mean getting the insight and experience of more than just one agent, giving you the most bang for your dollar.
Do your research!
Whether using a newer or veteran agent, research is key.
Make sure they are able to communicate using your preferred methods (email, call, text, IM).
Don’t be afraid to ask about training or additional education. Sometimes newer Realtors® sign up for highly specialized industry related training and may have surprising skills.
Make sure the agent you’re planning on working with has an understanding of the area you’re looking in.
Look to see if the agent is a Realtor®, and ask them what that means.
Buying or selling a home is a complicated process. Going it alone can put you at risk. Working with an agent is a great way to protect you, and what may potentially be one of your biggest investments. Consider working with a newer agent, you may be surprised at just what they can do for you!
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