Have you ever wondered what traits you need to look for when trying to hire a REALTOR®/Real Estate professional? Do you know where and how to find a REALTOR®/Real Estate professional in your area?
Here are 5 Traits your REALTOR®/Real Estate Professional should have:
Local Knowledge When setting out to hire a Real Estate Professional, it is important to do research and hire someone familiar with the area that you have in mind. For example: an Agent who specializes in the north side of town will more than likely not be familiar with the market trends of the south side of town. Whether you are a Buyer or Seller, local market trends and knowledge are highly important.
Well Organized with attention to Detail If you choose a Real Estate Professional that is organized and pays attention to detail, then you will be hiring an expert that will in fact efficiently manage your entire real estate transaction process to the end. Be sure to ask this question as part of the interviewing process.
Social Media & Knowledge of Technology Social Media and Technology are big factors in any business today. Because of this, It is important that in your research you look for a REALTOR®/Real Estate Professional that can communicate the same way you do. For Example, If you prefer text messages or Facebook Messenger, than make sure your chosen Agent knows how to communicate in the same manner.
Honest, Ethical, Integrity, and Dedicated Whether you are a Tenant, Buyer or Seller, finding a REALTOR®/Real Estate Professional that is Honest, Ethical, Dedicated and offers Integrity is not hard to do. Do your research! Keep in mind that all REALTORS® are bound by the National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
It is important to also keep in mind that a REALTOR® is not the same as a Real Estate Agent. If someone is not using the REALTOR® logo in their sites, business cards, etc., then they are not bound by the strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
Industry Top Customer Service Communication and Customer Service is key in any business, Real Estate is not the exception. When hiring a REALTOR®/Real Estate Professional, keep in mind you are now in a working relationship together. They should offer industry top customer service skills and communicate efficiently with you. If you have questions or concerns, ask! If there are doubts or something does not sound right to you, ask! Keep in mind that a REALTOR®/Real Estate Professional will always have your best interest in mind.
Where and How to Find a REALTOR®/Real Estate Professional?
- Search the internet. Google! Look for them the way you normally search for things. If Social Media is your preferred method, then start your search there.
- Ask Friends/Relatives/Coworkers. This is one of the best ways to find a REALTOR®/Real Estate Professional that you can trust.
- Research and look in the Big Real Estate sites for them. Check out: Realtor.com, Zillow, and Trulia.
Do you have questions or comments? Please let me know!
updated from a previous post in January 2015.