5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Realtor
Buying or selling a home is a big decision and process, so it is essential to use a good realtor. They not only help make the process easier and more enjoyable, but a knowledgable, dedicated realtor will benefit you financially too!
Here are 5 important things to consider when choosing a realtor:
Some people get their real estate license as a side gig, which likely means they're not as dedicated as someone who is a full time real estate agent. Whether they have another full time job, or just got their license to sell their friends' and family's homes, part time agents are less involved in the career.
Full time realtors are more likely to know the area, have more connections, know about homes before they even hit the market, are more knowledgable about the industry in general and obviously, they're more experienced.
Yes! You should have chemistry with your realtor. Buying or selling a home can be stressful, and it doesn't happen overnight - either process requires you to keep in contact with your realtor for several weeks, or even months, and you often discuss personal and/or big life decisions.
A realtor is meant to support and advise you throughout the home buying or selling process, so you want to choose a realtor you get along with. It's important to feel confident and comfortable with them and feel that you have a positive relationship.
Is the website updated? An old, outdated website can mean a range of things, but it's a red flag that the owner or broker is not as invested in their brand and company. It may also signify that the company does not have the money to invest in an updated website! When you use a company's website, it should be updated, user friendly, and easy to use.
Our Keeler website has been specifically designed to be user friendly! Our platform allows users to create an account and search and save properties; however, our search bar is what makes us unique! Other search bars on major websites require a specific town, zip code, or location to search for properties. Our search bar allows you to be more specific and search for exactly what you want! For example, you can type in: "ranch homes in Concord, NH" and see all ranch homes for sale in that area! Try it out today - head to our homepage and start searching!
You can also find most realtors on social media. This is a good way to find out more information about the types of homes they sell, where they sell, and additional information on their reputation as a realtor!
Some real estate agents are obviously more dedicated than others, so it's important to be able to spot the good ones. Some realtors will work and answer phone calls and emails at any time of the day, others may not.
Let's say it's 9pm, a client is anxious about submitting their offer tomorrow and they have some questions they want to ask their realtor. Will your realtor answer your text at 9:00pm? If availability is important to you, make sure you find a realtor that is available to you on a daily basis. A great way to figure this out is to vet them - when you're speaking with a few realtors, notice their behaviors, response times, helpfulness and try to avoid red flags: realtors that take days to answer or seem dettached.
Here are a few questions you may want to ask your realtor during the vetting process:
- How do you plan to market the home?
- Do you specialize in certain types of homes? (fixer uppers, mobile homes, etc)
- SELLERS: What types of homes have you sold in the past?
- SELLERS: What are your listings' average Days on Market?
- Can I contact you any time?
For a homebuyer, a good realtor will help you in all aspects of the home-buying or home-selling process and will help you find properties and homes that meet your needs, wants, and budget.
For a home seller, a good realtor will help you define a reasonable sale price, suggest any repairs or changes that can be done to sell the home for more money and faster, and will market your property in various ways through a variety of outlets. A good realtor will have a lower "Average Days on Market" which is the average number of days a home they sell stayed on the market - the lower, the better!
Corporate brokerages fit many corporate stereotypes - they're more impersonal and their biggest concerns are numbers, money, and creating a "factory" of clients.
When you look for a realtor, start looking into family-owned real estate offices. Family-owned businesses fit their stereotype - they're more personal, often more experienced, and know the area better. The home buying or home selling experience at a family owned business will be more enjoyable. At Keeler, we treat out clients like family and make lasting relationships that go beyond buying and selling homes. Our family of agents is dedicated to providing real estate services with the highest degree of integrity.