How to Find a Realtor

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Buying a new home is one of the biggest investments that you will ever make. That being said, the stress level and emotional commitment involved can be very overwhelming. One of the best things you can do when you begin hunting for your new home is to enlist the help of a experienced and knowledgeable Realtor. By doing a little bit of research on your own you will quickly discover all the benefits that come with working with a seasoned real estate professional. The big question is, “How do you locate a Realtor that you will be comfortable working with?”. Here are 5 tips that can help you narrow down your Realtor Search.

1. Ask family and friends.

One of the best ways to find a trustworthy real estate agent is by simply asking family and friends if they know of anyone that is a Realtor. Their feedback would be invaluable, especially if this individual has recently sold or purchased a home. Word of mouth referrals are still one of the biggest ways Realtors gain new clients. By reaching out to individuals that have worked with a specific real estate agent you will be able to gain true insight as to how the real estate agent works, and how they interact with the clients.

2. Look online.

The Internet is a powerful tool that you can use to search out and screen potential real estate agents. There are multiple websites you can visit where any real estate agent’s reviews and production numbers are supplied. Also, a simple Google search can yield multiple Realtors in your area. One word of caution though, the information supplied on the Internet may not be the most accurate or up to date. The internet, in my opinion, should be used as a general means of locating a pool of real estate agents that you can then further research. Also, keep in mind, that just because you see a specific agent’s ad plastered all over multiple sites doesn’t necessarily make them a good agent. This just shows that they invested money into promoting themselves.That being said, don’t take everything you see online at face value. Do your research!

3. Interview multiple agents.

This step seems to be the most overlooked. Most people tend to go with the first agent they are exposed to, be it via a family member, someone’s name they saw online or from a real estate sign. I always recommend that buyers choose 2 or 3 different agents and actually take the time to sit down with them to discuss the Realtor’s experience and what they can offer their clients. Don’t be afraid to ask how long have they been practicing real estate or how many homes they have sold, and what areas they specialize in. In addition, let the agent know you’re interviewing a few other Realtors in order to decide who you will finally work with. This is another great way to gauge the personality of the agent. If you see his or her demeanor change once they know they’re in competition with other Realtors, it may be a warning sign as to where their interests lie. A seasoned and ethical Realtor will not have any issues with you interviewing other agents. They know that buying a home is a very complex and expensive investment. They will understand the need for the buyer to be sure of who they wish to work with.

4. Work with someone you get along with.

Looking for a home does take time, it could take anywhere from a week to multiple months. You want to make sure you’re working with an individual that besides knowing the ins and outs of real estate, has a personality that you are compatible with. This will make the experience a whole lot more enjoyable. Otherwise, if you are working with somebody you really don’t get along with you will be second guessing every piece of advice they offer you.You must have trust! Which, in all honesty, is one of the main benefits of working with a Realtor.

5. Don’t just go for the big companies.

Don’t get me wrong big real estate companies are a great resource to find real estate agents. Many of them have in-depth training programs and a network of experienced managers that can aid the agent. Regardless, I wouldn’t solely choose a Realtor based on the company he or she works under. There are many independent brokerage firms that can be just as good as any of the larger companies. In my experience, many of these smaller firms’ brokers have a lot more experience than some of the Realtors that work for the bigger companies. The reason behind this is because many of the newly licensed agents tend to gravitate to these “Big Box”‘ companies. It takes an experienced agent to go off on their own and establish an independent company. These independent brokers are usually very picky as to who they hire. The fact of the matter is that they do not have the time to invest in training a brand new agent. So they seek out seasoned and ethical agents that will help grow their company in a positive manner.

At the end of the day the best advice I can give is to do your homework. Don’t automatically work with the first agent to cross your path, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Make sure you trust the individual that is going to be helping you find your new home. Oh.. and last but not least, seek out an agent that will not be afraid to voice their own opinion regarding the homes you will be viewing or terms of the contract you will be negotiating. Having a yes man/women agent may make you feel good but you will not be helping yourself. At the end of the day, the decisions involved in a purchasing a home will be yours. Nonetheless, the main reason you should be working with a Realtor in the first place is to tap into their expertise.

By: Virgilio Maldonado

53 thoughts on “How to Find a Realtor

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  2. I love that you mentioned not to hesitate when asking them how long they’ve been selling or buying homes. My friend will be buying her very first home soon, so I think it’s important that she is comfortable asking questions. Are there any other tips she should keep in mind? Also, thank you for the great article!

    1. I appreciate the comment thanks! In regards to additional tips, I would advise a first time home buyer to check with the state licensing department to see if the Realtor has ever had any disciplinary actions brought against them.

  3. Thank you for all the tips on how to find a realtor. I really like your tip about asking friends or family if they know anyone that is a realtor. Their feedback would be very invaluable when finding a good realtor. It would be nice to hear about their experiences.

    1. Absolutely! The best way to find a Realtor is a good referral from someone that has already worked with them in the past. Thanks for the comment!

  4. I really like your tip on how a realtor should be okay with you interviewing other realtors, that way you know that you are getting the best realtor possible. My wife and I have been considering getting a realtor to help us sell our home, and we are concerned that we might be getting a realtor with not enough experience. I will be sure to take my time and interview multiple realtors before choosing the best one!

  5. I appreciated the tip that you gave to choose a realtor who you feel like you could trust because it is a benefit of working with them. My wife wants to move to a bigger home that will have more room for our kids to run around, and it would be important for us to know that we could find a realtor who we could trust in. I will be sure to look for one who we could trust.

  6. I liked that you mentioned one of the best ways to find a real estate agent is by asking family and friends. My mother is thinking about buying another house, and we are looking for advice. I will ask around our friends and neighbors to find the best real estate agent to help my mother.

  7. You make a good point when you say that we should take our time and interview a couple of realtors and not just choose the first one we talk to. My husband and I can finally afford our first home and we want someone who has experience but also has a great personality because we’ll be spending a lot of time with them.

  8. I really liked it when you said to find a realtor that has a personality you can connect with. My brother is looking to begin a home search because his rental is becoming too small for his family. I will be sure to recommend he interview realtors to make sure he can get along with them before committing to one or another.

    1. Absolutely, I feel it is really important that you are able to connect with your Realtor at a personal level. There is nothing worse then working with someone you just don’t get along with.

  9. I really like how you mention that meeting with multiple agents is one of the best ways to find a great realtor. My wife and I are thinking about selling our home and might be looking for a real estate agent because we don’t want to do all the paperwork. I’ll have to send her this article so she knows that we shouldn’t go with the first person we meet just because they sell real estate.

  10. Thank you for stating that you can use the internet to search out and screen potential real estate agents. My husband and I are wanting to start a family, and have been considering buying our first home, but have no idea where to even start and don’t know anything about the buying process. I will definitely keep your great tips in mind when looking for a reputable real estate agent that can help us with our home search.

  11. It is going to be helpful to follow your tip to hire someone who you get along with. That will be important for us because we are wanting to find someone who we could enjoy working with. My wife and I are looking for a realtor because we want to sell our home this winter while the market is up. When we look for one, I will be sure to choose one who we could get along with.

  12. You made a great point when you talked about how it is a good idea to find a real estate agent that will give you advice that you won’t second guess every time. My wife and I are looking to buy a house that has a basement that we can use for storage, but we have a limited budget. It seems like working with a real estate agent would be really beneficial for us.

  13. Thank you for stating that buying a house can take anywhere from a week to multiple months. My husband and I  have been living in a small apartment ever since we got married a few years ago, but recently we’ve been thinking about having kids, and want to buy a house. I will definitely keep all of your great tips and information in mind when looking for a real estate agent.

  14. Thank you for mentioning that a real estate agent should be okay with you interviewing other ones as well. My husband and I are thinking about buying our first house, but don’t have any knowledge of what it takes to buy a house and are thinking about hiring a real estate agent. I will definitely keep all of your great tips and information in mind if we do end up hiring a real estate agent.

  15. I like your suggestion to actually sit down with at least two realtors to help us make the right choice about who to hire. My husband and I need to hire a military housing real estate agent so we can start looking at condos for sale within the next couple of weeks. Following your tips will help me feel confident in whatever realtor we end up choosing, so thanks for sharing!

  16. My youngest daughter started college about two weeks ago, and this means that my husband and I are now officially empty nesters! Our house feels large and empty without our kids in it, so we are thinking about downsizing to a smaller home. We want to find a realtor to help us and I appreciate that you talk about interviewing at least two or three different agents. This way we can ask about their experience and make sure that our personalities click because we will be spending a lot of time with them.

  17. I like how you pointed out that buying a house can take some time so it’s best to work with an agent whose personality is compatible with yours. This could save you from having pointless arguments and other problems. You’ll be working with them closely for a while so might as well try to find someone who can end up being a real friend in the end.

  18. You made a great point about looking online so that you can put a bunch of realtors against each other. My husband and I are looking for a realtor that can help us sell our home since he got a new job. We will keep these tips in mind as we search for a professional that can help us best.

  19. I found that it was helpful when you mentioned that you should choose a realtor who has a personality that you are okay with because it could take a while to buy or sell. My wife and I want to sell our home, so we are on the lookout for a realtor, and it will be important for us to know that we are finding the best one. To be sure that they will be a good fit, I will check how their personality is before we would hire them.

    1. Thank you for leaving a comment and yes finding a agent that has a personality that syncs with yours is very important. Working with someone you do not get along with makes for a stressful experience.

  20. My favorite part of this article was when you explained that you should reach out to family and friends that might have had experiences with realtors in order to find the right fit. My fiance and I are looking for a listing agent that could help answer some of our questions. Hopefully, we can keep these tips in mind so we can end up making the right decision that will benefit us the most.

  21. I loved your advice to find a real estate agent who you are compatible with so that the experience is enjoyable, and you can develop trust. One of my neighbors is looking to move to Scottsville and needs some help with her search for one-story homes. I’ll pass on these tips to her and help her find a real estate agency later this month.

    1. Thanks you for leaving a comment. Absolutely, working with a agent that you get along with is a big factor in making the home buying process a pleasurable experience.

  22. Thanks for pointing out that it’s best to interview several real estate agents before hiring one. One of my friends is wanting to buy a house, and these tips could really help him. Thanks for the wonderful tips on hiring a real estate agent.

  23. You made a great point about looking online and how it can help you find testimonials and how they carry themselves. My husband and I are looking for a real estate service that can help us sell our house best. We will keep these tips in mind as we search for a professional that can help us best.

    1. Testimonials are a greet tool to us when finding a agent. Great client reviews are a concrete sign of a good agent.

  24. I like the tip that you gave to different estimates from multiple real estate agents to help you narrow down to the one that fits within your profit. My wife and I have been talking about finding a realtor to help us with our home selling process, and it would be important for us to know that we could find one who we could trust in. If we do, I will be sure to look for one who has credentials, so we could be confident in our choice to hire them.

  25. Thank you so much for your advice to just search for real estate agents in your area and your top results may be a good realtor for you! It sounds like this advice goes to show how important it is for real estate agents to have a good internet presence to find clients. My sister is thinking of becoming a realtor, but she is worried about how she would get her name out there. I wonder if there are services that could help realtors, like my sister, find clients.

    1. My advise would be to first work your “sphere of influence” first, which is basically everyone you know. You want to reach out to you sphere and let them know your a new agent and eager to help. Next I would leverage social media and regularly share information to begin building your brand. I am a big proponent of sharing information with potential clients in order to establish your self as an expert in your area.

  26. My parents-in-law are planning to buy a new property and they are looking to hire a real estate agent to help them in finding the perfect property. I like that this post explained that it is important to choose a real estate agent that they can work with as it will help ensure that communicate is easy. I will pass this tip with them.

  27. These are all good points on how to find a realtor. I agree that checking Google to get a list of realtors to check out would be a really smart first step. My sister wants to sell her home so that she can move closer to our mom now that our dad died, so she’ll have to check online first.

  28. I like that you mentioned the importance of finding a realtor that you will be able to get along with since you will be working with them for a long time. My sister is looking for a house with multiple storage options so that her children have plenty of room for their toys, but she is shy and has a difficult time talking to people about her particular needs. Hopefully, she will be able to find a realtor that she feels comfortable around.

  29. Thanks for the tip to talk with people who have worked with a specific real estate agent before. Then you can get a true understanding of how the agent works. I think people should get an agent that is easy to work with and who will want to help them succeed.

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