5 Qualities to Look for in a Realtor

Realtor Showing Hispanic Couple Around New Home

Realtor Showing Hispanic Couple Around New HomeThe process of buying a house is not as simple as searching through the real estate listings, contacting the seller, and putting your money on the table. In fact, there is a lot more to the whole process, which will be challenging if you lack the help of a professional realtor. From submitting an offer to attending open house tours, the stages of buying a home should not be rushed.

When investing in a home with a helping hand from a broker, a realtor will keep a percentage of the final sale price. After all, he or she must make money in some way or another! This commission will be well deserved if the realtor is good at what they do. Feel confident when choosing a realtor by assessing their qualities.

If he or she boasts the following attributes, you are onto a winner:

  1. Great Communication Skills – The way in which a realtor communicates with his or her clientele will have a direct effect on the realtor’s success in the property industry. The real estate agent must know what you, the buyer, is searching for specifically. From the location to the budget and the interior/exterior design, a realtor will be a good listener. Furthermore, they will keep the client(s) up-to-date with the latest information regarding best offers and real estate market trends.
  2. Full Time Real Estate Agent – Understanding the local housing market is absolutely essential for a realtor to perform their job properly, make a commission, and satisfy the buyer. The most successful real estate agents will be self-motivated and have the ability to hustle in a fast-paced environment. With the local housing market changing on a daily basis, it is crucial that the realtor is able to solve problems with tenacity and attention to deal. Hiring a full time realtor allows the buyer to communicate with the agent whenever need be. Hiring a part-time realtor can potentially cause communication and scheduling issues.
  3. Knowledge of Current Real Estate Market – Not only will a good real estate agent have knowledge of the property but also, the area. From the future developments that are expected to take place in the future to the conveniences, schools, and transport in the local area, a realtor must do their homework.
  4. Honesty and Integrity – Never buy a home with the help of a realtor who does not possess these critical qualities. An honest realtor will have your best interests in mind and not just have the commission in mind. Trustworthiness is absolutely essential and in order to get a true understanding of a realtor’s integrity.
  5. Negotiation Skills – Dealing with tricky situations is all part of a realtor’s job. Focus on how well the real estate agent is able to build rapport when you meet with them for the first time. Can they solve problems and eliminate misunderstandings before they arise? Ask yourself these questions to ensure you choose a realtor who can negotiate the best deal on your dream home.

Experience is absolutely paramount for a real estate agent to help you find your ideal home for the best price. In addition to their level of experience, it is crucial that you find out how many years the realtor has worked in the industry. Preferably, he or she will have gained the title of professional realtor at least five years ago. A realtor who has a lot of contacts in the industry is someone worth teaming up with for a house hunt.

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Look at Track Record

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5 Issues to Discuss with Your Real Estate Agent


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Size of the Home

If you have lived in a house before, you may already have a very clear idea of exactly how large or small you want your next home to be. Should you be a first-time buyer, you may be confused by the look of an empty house or may not have given much thought to what size home would be most appropriate. Because the best way to work with a real estate agent is to be completely
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Making Sure Your Loan Officer and Realtor Are On the Same Team


When you are in the process of buying a house, you need all the help that you can get. Trying to navigate through the process of making an offer, getting approved for a mortgage and eventually closing on the loan can be intimidating to say the least. If you are in the market for a house, finding a team of people to help can be of great value to you. Loan officers and Realtors regularly work together to be able to make the transition of buying a house smooth for buyers.

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