Tips for Choosing the Right Agent
Talk to friends and family.
- Find out about their recent real estate experiences. Ask them about their agent and also what they liked and didn’t like about their buying or selling process.
Do some online research.
Familiarize yourself with area professionals with years of experience
Read reviews of past clients
Check out their designations/credentials. Their additional real estate education may help them better fulfill your needs.
For example, if you are a military member, you make want to look for someone with an MRP designation (Military Relocation Professional). They may be better suited to help you and your family.
Other examples include: ABR, CRS, GRI
To see all of the designations that we have and what that means for you, check out our Real Estate Certifications page.
Interview your top choices.
Sometimes finding the perfect house can take awhile. You may be spending a good chunk of time with your agent. Make sure you are comfortable with the person you choose.
You should share in similar values. Look for someone who listens and understands your needs vs. wants checklists.
Talk to them about your specific lending program needs. They should be knowledgeable about your lending program; it can influence your buying process.
Most importantly, they should have your best interest in mind while also willing to give honest and meaningful insights. Your real estate agent should help be the voice of reason in a sometimes emotionally driven process.