How do you know what realtor is best for you?

How do you know what realtor is best for you?

How do you know what realtor is best for you?

A realtor is an experienced professional who acts as an agent for the sale and purchase of the buildings and/or land involved in your property transaction. They work for both sellers and homebuyers, fulfilling a wide list of responsibilities of their behalf and removing much of the stress of buying or selling a home. Some of the tasks that you can reasonably expect your realtor to carry out include the following:

Realtors duties for buyers

  • Helping buyers to locate properties meeting their specifications

  • Arranging viewings of properties on your shortlist

  • Helping buyers to decide how much to offer

  • Negotiating with the seller to secure a property at the best possible price

  • Co-ordinating the transaction on the buyer’s side

  • Co-ordinating inspections, reports and repair negotiations

  • Support through to closing

Realtors duties for sellers

  • Listing your home for sale on the local MLS (Multiple Listing Service)

  • Sharing listings with other MLS broker members

  • Advising the seller in preparing their home for viewings

  • Supervising the viewing and reporting back to the seller with appropriate feedback

  • Reporting any offers and helping the seller to negotiate these to get their preferred sale price

  • Co-ordinating the transaction on the seller’s side

  • Support through to closing

Many people find that their realtor is a valuable and indispensable part of a property sale or purchase. However, with so many realtors all vying for you to select them as your agent, how do you know which professional is right for you? Here are our top tips for finding the best realtor for your property transaction.

Choose a realtor that is affiliated with the NAR

Make sure your realtor is licensed. Any professional realtor belongs to the National Association of Realtors or NAR for short – a body which holds its agents to account on a strict ethical code and set of practises. This points to a service which is delivered at a much higher standard than that of an unaffiliated real estate agent.

Ask for referrals from other homeowners

It is always worth asking around your friends, family and colleagues to see if they have a realtor that they have used and would recommend. If they do, be sure to find out exactly why they would recommend them and what makes them different to other realtors that they considered. This could with the initial stage of drawing up a shortlist of relators to interview.

Meet your shortlisted realtors in person

Any good realtor will make the time to meet you in person. This is important as you will be spending a great deal of time working with your realtor to secure your property deal and you will want to be certain that you have the correct chemistry to be able to get along. Your realtor needs to be someone you feel comfortable with, who you feel you can trust and who shows a commitment to working both for and with you. If your gut tells you that something about a realtor you are interviewing doesn’t feel right – trust it.

Look for realtors who understand risk and take steps to mitigate it

Any realtor can promise you the world, but the fact is that you need someone who is realistic and will actively take steps to mitigate any risks that you face. Look for agents who have made the effort to source real data about the local housing market and the projected future of the neighborhood. These are the agents who are thinking about the long-term impact of your decision to buy or sell.

Make sure your realtor communicates in a way that suits you

We are creatures of habit, and when it comes to a potentially stressful situation, sometimes we fall back on preferred lines of communication. If you are naturally shy or dislike confrontation, you may prefer to use email to deal with your realtor. Some people are naturally fearful of speaking on the phone and again, emails can be a very beneficial way of communicating and relaying important information. If your work doesn’t allow you time to speak to your relator during your normal office hours, make sure to choose a realtor who can accommodate the times that you need to be able to get in touch with them.

Check out their experience and reviews

While experience isn’t necessarily everything, you probably don’t want to entrust your sale or purchase to someone who hasn’t got a track record in successful property transactions. Find out where they have worked and the type of deals they have secured in the past, and ask if they have any testimonials you can see or search for reviews online.

If you are looking for an experienced, passionate and dedicated realtor in the San Diego area, look no further than David Waitley Company. With more than 30 years in business and over $1.5 billion in property sales completed, we are confident that we can fulfil your residential or commercial property requirements. Please contact our offices to schedule your appointment.