Have you been stuck on your sofa wondering how to get your own five minutes with high quality real estate agents and brokers? Well, believe it or not, there are ways to make this a possibility for your selling experience. Whether you are new to selling or have moved multiple times and want a better experience, here are some tips on how to find the best broker for your house.
- Talk to former clients: The best way to find out what a broker is like is to talk to their former clients. Were they satisfied with their service? Where they happy with the house they ended up with? Were they represented fairly? These are all important questions to ask that a broker themselves would always answer: “Absolutely.” If you want honest answers, look to former clients who will give you the truth about the shining smiles that grace the billboards or commercials on television.
- Make sure they have the right credentials: Anyone can become a real estate agent, and if you do not know what you’re looking for, you can easily fall prey to a newbie who does not know what they are doing, and may be the foot that sticks out and causes you to fall. In order to avoid this ordeal, double checking the credentials of your real estate broker enables you to be aware of their education background and certification that can save you money and many headaches along the way.
- Find out how long they have been a broker: Similar to the above tip, a new broker can cause major losses in the real estate market. You or your family want a seasoned, experienced broker who knows that they are doing and could do it with one hand behind their back and their eyes blindfolded. You also want an agent who is actively engaged in the area that you are looking at and the price range that you are comfortable with. This enables you to be secure that you have made the right choice and will make the transition from home to home easier as you know that they are familiar with your needs and, more importantly, able to meet them.
- Ask about other houses nearby: If you choose to go with the agent that you are most comfortable with, another important aspect is how much they know about the other houses in the area that you are looking at. Casually mention other houses to test the waters. Your broker should be able to tell you all sorts of information about them, and this should secure your confidence in their competence and ability to be the best broker for you. You want someone who is sitting at the top of the market and holds most, if not all, of the golden nuggets of information that will allow you to be represented with the quality and assurance that you deserve as much as any of their other customers.