Before you start the very complicated and stressful process of buying or selling a home, you should have an idea of what makes a good realtor. Hiring an incompetent realtor will only add to the mountain of things you have to worry about. On the other hand, hiring a great realtor will ease your mind and give you someone you can trust with important decisions regarding your home. A realtor is there to make the process of buying and selling homes easier and more enjoyable.
Often times, finding a good realtor is as simple as a recommendation from a good friend. If someone you know has sold or bought a house in the area, ask them for suggestions. Having someone you personally know recommend a realtor ensures that they are pleasant to work with. However, keep in mind that your friend may not necessarily know anything about realty.
In order to be a realtor, one does not need to have a college degree. That being said, a college degree does prove that one has ambition and is dedicated and hard working. Make sure that your prospective realtor at least has some sort of certification to be working in the field of realty. The job may not require a degree, but it does require an understanding of business.
If you see the letters GRI or SRES after your realtor’s name or company name, it means they have a realty certificate. The acronym GRI stands for Graduate Realtor’s Institute. The acronym SRES stands for Senior Real Estate Specialist. A realtor with these qualifications is bound to be experienced and knowledgeable. Realty is an art and the more education and experience a realtor has, the more success they experience in the business.
The more well-known and reputable your realtor is, the more clients they will have. This should not lead to you to being neglected as a client. A good realtor will be organized and knows how to allot their time appropriately. You should never have to wait a matter of days in order to get your phone call returned. Move on to a new realtor if you find this happening to you often.
Another issue people sometimes have with bad realtors is punctuality, or lack thereof. Your realtor should show up to all appointments on time or early. There is no reason that appointments should be missed on a regular basis. No matter how busy your realtor is with other clients, it is unacceptable for them to miss meetings and appointments. A good realtor should always keep you informed if they are unable to make a meeting.
Once you have gotten personal references, as well as checked the realtor’s professional background, you should get some professional references. Ask for a copy of the realtor’s CV. Contacting the references that they have listed will help you to understand what it is like working with this person. Take the professional references seriously.
What makes a good realtor is passion. Someone who you can tell loves their job will be more interested in helping you get exactly what you want when buying or selling a home. If the person is working because they love their job, and not because they want to make a quick buck, they are more likely to do their job well.
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