Attend Open Houses
A great way to learn more about an agent is to attend their open houses. This will allow you to observe how they interact with other clients and to see if you mesh well with them. One of the best ways to know if you trust someone is to meet with them in person.
Ask for Referrals
Referrals are an amazing way to get a scope of the real estate market in your area and to help narrow your search. It is one thing to read reviews online but to have someone you trust refer an agent helps to validate and strengthen your trust in their abilities. If you are new to an area and do not have anyone to ask try asking in a local Facebook group or forum.
Look for Strong Core Values
Accessing an agent or team’s core values is another great way to slim down your pool of options. By researching their core values you can quickly identify which values resonate with you and how those could help in the buying or selling process. Looking at these also helps to paint a better picture of what the agent or team stands for and how they carry themselves.
Track Record and Inventory
Most agents or teams will highlight their inventory and past sales on their website which, helps to validate they know what they are doing and have vast experience and knowledge of the market. If it is not on their website, you can always try to look on websites such as Zillow, Realtor.com, or their brokerage’s site.
Go with Your Gut
Overall, the most important thing is to go with your gut. After meeting with an agent and researching their history, you will know who feels right for you and that is usually the best choice.
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