Buying or selling a house is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make, but have you ever considered what you should actually expect from your real estate agent?
The thought may seem daunting because it isn’t a relationship you deal with on a day to day basis, but I can tell you one thing for certain and that is: A good agent owes it to you! There is no reason to settle for sub-par when it comes to your dream home. At the end of the day, they will be working for YOU so make sure you take the time to ensure that you find the right agent who is willing to dedicate their time and energy into making the home buying process exactly what it should be for you: fun!
If you’re sitting there scratching your head wondering exactly what you should be looking for in a great agent, then let me get you started with just a few things a great agent will do for you!
Fight for you - A great agent will be like a best friend; available no matter what. They must be willing to go far beyond the call of duty for you and fight in your corner to make sure you’re getting a great deal and the house of your dreams. Contracts and agreements can get complicated and messy sometimes, and you shouldn’t be the one worrying about it. You want an agent who knows your budget, knows your bottom line, and will get keep you happy with the least amount of work on your end! A great agent will work hard!
Market your home using the best tools – This is important. No longer are we in the days where you can run an ad simply by printing it in the paper. There are a plethora of ways to market a house. An agent should know which is best and how best to go about it. Take a look at their previous sales and see if you can find anything on how they sold the property. Research their statistics including how long their previous properties were on the market, photos, and what avenues they prefer to use to sell houses.
Have a great reputation – Here at Coldwell Banker Innovations we have an incredible reputation with the local community and this is a reflection of our agents and their desire to work with you. Understanding the heritage of Coldwell Banker is something that is carried forward while representing the company. From real estate in Greencastle PA and Frederick Md, to commercial property in Hagerstown we know property and with a great skill set to match, including a wealth of experience. We pride ourselves on our drive to never stop learning, growing, and staying on top of the market trends.
They will be punctual – Imagine finding your dream home and then losing the sale because your agent didn’t contact the buyer in a timely manner. In a world where things are moving a million miles an hour, and contracts are coming back and forth, punctuality is key. If an agent isn’t punctual, problems can arise with contract agreements and even settlements. This may seem incredibly obvious, but it is also incredibly important! When interviewing agents, shoot them an email or call them (on a weekend) and see how long it takes them to respond. You may be surprised!
They will listen – Buying a home is a huge decision and everyone has a picture of what they want in their mind. From budgets to interior design, agents should listen and be available. We are here to solve problems and help you move forward. We need to know what YOU want and need, so unless you find an agent who carries the ability to be psychic, listening is of the upmost importance.
They’ll have negotiation skills – You do not want to find the perfect home just to lose it due to weak negotiations. Good negotiation skills are a must and a great agent must be incredibly tactful in how they conduct negotiations. You want an agent that will get the best deal for you while keeping all parties happy. Sometimes this is easier said than done, which further evidences why this is so important.
Looking for your dream home shouldn’t be hard work! It should be an exciting time in your life! With the right real estate agent, it will be just that. Hop down to Coldwell Banker Innovations today to meet with a few of our agents and decide which is best for you!