The whole process of buying or selling a house can be stressful, to relieve you this burden, consider using a real estate agent. If you have never used the services of a real estate agent in the past, it can be challenging to choose one among the many. Here is a guide on how to choose a reputable real estate agent.
Word of mouth is a great way of finding a real estate agent. If a friend or a family member had a bad experience with a real estate agent, they will advise you not to use the same agent.
It is important you learn more about the real estate agent by doing a research on them. Go through the agent’s website and read the testimonies from different clients. Also, check for reviews and comments posted on the social media page of the agent. Most importantly, go to sites such as better business bureau and see if there are any unresolved complains that have been filed against the real estate agent by their past clients.
How long has the real estate agent been in this field? When choosing a real estate agent, the longer the duration of time the agent has been in this field, the better. Over the years the agent has been in this field, they have built connections with different stakeholders in this field. If you go for an agent that is new in this field, your house may end staying in the market for before the agent finds a buyer. If you want to know the duration of time the agent has been operating, just check online.
How much is the real estate agent charging in terms of agency fee? An established real estate agent will charge you a higher commission compared to a new agent.
Does the real estate agent have a license to operate? Insist on getting of the license the agent is using, so that you can verify its authentic. Does the real estate agent have membership to any organizations in this industry. Avoid dealing with a real estate agent that does not have a physical location, in case of anything you will have no where you can go to file your complaint.
Does the agent have other clients that he or she has provided services to in the past? A reputable real estate agent will not have an issue giving you their reference list. Giving a call to the agent’s past clients is vital. You can ask the agent’s past clients questions such as, to rate the services of the agent, if they would recommend the agent to other clients and the agency fee that they were charged. If you are getting several positive feedback about the agent, then you can go ahead and deal with the agent.
Also, choose an agent that is based in your area.