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6 Qualities That Great Real Estate Agents Should Possess

 

Right now, the real estate market is like nothing I have ever experienced before in my 14 years in this business. If you have a house to sell and everything is in order, there is a chance that you could get multiple above asking price offers if you have a solid real estate agent in your corner.  On the other hand, for buyers, trying to purchase a home is like watching the Walking Dead zombies descend upon the one person who trips and falls over a tree branch in the middle of a deserted road. If this sounds a little crazy, that is because it is!  All the more reason to make sure that you hook yourself up with a good realtor.

I know you are probably wondering, “How do I really know if I have found a top notch real estate agent?” Referrals are always preferred, but if this is not an option for you, then set up a “meet and greet” appointment with a few prospective agents before committing to work with a specific agent.  If you cannot meet in person, then get creative by asking for a FaceTime date. In addition to informing the realtor of your wants and needs, it is important to screen your agent  for the following attributes (in no particular order): knowledge of the local real estate market, integrity, excellent communication skills, flexible work hours, dedication, and a problem-solving mindset.

While real estate agents are licensed at the state level, try to find an agent that is knowledgeable about the area(s) in which you are looking to move.  A solid realtor could be a good resource if you have questions about local hot spots, any potential HOA fees (mandatory or optional) associated with properties located in a planned development like a lake community, reputable doctors and mechanics, etc.  Wouldn’t you feel better leaving your beloved Jeep with a recommended auto mechanic who is less likely to call you up with a list of items that need to be fixed right away when all you want is an oil change?

I believe it is safe to say that everyone has come across a dishonest person or two in his or her lifetime; your realtor should not fall into this category.  Integrity is simply a requirement that needs no further explanation; however, finding an agent with solid communication skills could mean the difference between closing a deal or losing it. Sometimes it can be as simple as easing a client’s anxiety with a quick text or phone call to let you know that he or she has not heard back from the other realtor yet about your recent offer.  A key component of good communication skills ties into flexibility, or the willingness to work longer hours because an important, time-sensitive situation could arise before or after your “normal” business hours.  My day normally starts around 7 AM and sometimes my fingers are still tapping away on the keyboard at 10:30 PM.

The last two attributes on this list can go hand-in-hand because without a certain level of dedication, it would be difficult to stay in problem-solving mode on a regular basis which is a crucial part of our job as real estate agents.  A dedicated agent will notice the little details and show compassion with gestures such as pointing out the bay window that would be perfect for your cat, or mentioning that a space could be turned into the yoga studio that you have always wanted.  It is the dedicated realtor who will create a unique listing description for a house that will attract the perfect buyers, and figure out ways to stage and market a house that does not necessarily sell itself. You can save yourself a great deal of heartache and trouble in the long run by taking the time to vet a few different agents before you decide who will help you with making one of the largest and most important purchases of your life. 

 6/5/2018

 

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