Finding a real estate agent you trust and who you enjoy working with can take a little work. If you've bought or sold real estate in the past, you will know that not all agents are created equally. It's important that you work with one you know and trust, who will work tirelessly to help with your real estate needs.
In our latest post, we will outline some of the best qualities of a top agent, #1 of which is to make sure he or she is a Realtor and we believe that all of our Realtors here at Realty Resource have these Qualities
Qualities of a Top Realtor:
Your Realtor must be Honest!
This goes without saying, but you will need to know your Realtor is being honest with you at all times. This means they will probably tell you things you might not really want to hear. They should be upfront with you about what they are doing to sell your home and what to expect throughout the entire process.
Your agent should be someone who can think on their feet. You need a person who can handle a last-minute snafu quickly and efficiently without blowing the transaction. They will do whatever it takes to get the job done, tacking any problem head-on before it escalates into something bigger.
And to be a problem solver, this can't be their first listing. Experienced agents have had all kinds of issues come up and know what to do or who to call to solve the problem. And sometimes, the honesty comes into play and again telling the buyer or seller things they need to hear.
Your agent should know how to get people into your house, they can't buy it if they don't see it. Having marketing pieces that make potential buyers want to visit your home is key. Many agents don't get how to engage potential buyers. It all starts with getting to know the property and who the most likely buyers will be. Then crafting marketing through photos and text that will engage potential buyers and get them in your home.
Attention to Detail
You are paying your agent for a reason. They should know what they are doing and not miss the little things. They should manage the things you may not have even thought of. Moving your car out of the driveway for photos, taking down your kid's diploma during a showing, hiding the trash cans when people view the home... these are all small things, but they have big subconscious effects on your potential buyers.
This past week we found a beautiful new home that we wanted to go see for our own potential purchase. Photos were great. But there were no directions on how to find the house and because it was a newly built home, the address didn't quite exist on Google Maps yet. A Good agent would have had detailed directions on the listing. When we finally found the home, we were not able to get in because the agent failed to put a key in the lockbox. We gave up, now we know one of the reasons why the house has been sitting on the market for a very long time.
A great agent will love what they do. Some people love real estate and they genuinely love the process of helping people buy and sell homes. They are motivated beyond money, and instead simply LOVE being good at what they do.
Never stop learning is our motto and we believe the same to be true for top agents. They should be abreast of everything going on the real estate world, especially in your local market.
Look for an agent who not only knows the area where your home is located, but also knows how to list your type of home. You don't want an agent who just puts the house into MLS and hopes someone else sells it, they need to know how to market your type of home.
They should always be one step ahead of you. They should also gently push you if things need to get done. They know what it takes to sell, and they should work with you to make those things happen.
Some agents will put in little effort and hope for a buyer to come along. This isn't the strategy of a top agent!
Be Well Connected
You know the people that seem to know everyone in town? This should be your real estate agent. The more people they know, the more likely they are to be able to spread the word about your house.
They will also be able to offer great recommendations for cleaning, staging and repair work.
We all know those people who talk over you. The ones who you have a conversation with, but you know they haven't heard a word you said. Each situation is different and a good agent will listen to your needs, goals, and expectations from the sale. It is your house and your voice should not go unheard.
However, you are hiring a professional for a reason, and you should always factor in their opinion when making a decision about your house.
They Have References
Many agents will have testimonials on their websites that are hand picked. Instead look to their Facebook Page and their Zillow listing to see first hand what their clients have had to say about them.
Do you want to work with some of the BEST agents in the Kansas City Metro area? Look no further! Send us a message now letting us know about your goals! Or give our team a call anytime! (816) 406-0701
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