Choosing the Right Realtor For You

April 15, 2016 | By Ron Molcho

Choosing a real estate agent to help you buy or sell a home is a tough decision. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, use these 7 tips to find out more about an agent before you hire them!

Find A Local Real Estate Agent Who knows the area you want to buy or sell in better than local real estate agent? A local real estate agent is able to provide you with insight on a specific property before you even set foot inside.

Talk to Recent Clients You want to work with someone who specializes in what you’re selling. Ask potential agents to provide you with a list of properties they’ve listed and sold within the last year, along with contact information.

Look Up Licensing Check with your state’s regulatory body to see if an agent is licensed and if there have been any disciplinary actions or complaints, or see if the information is posted online.

Pick A Winner Awards count. They are huge endorsements and are a clear indictor that an agent or office is able to deliver what they’re selling.

(Have we mentioned that we’re the ONLY Gold Top Producer Team on Staten Island & SIBOR's Realtor of the Year 2016?)

Research How Long They’ve Been In The Business You can usually find out how long an agent has been selling real estate from the state licensing authority. Or, you can just ask the agent. An agent who hasn’t been in the business for at least five years is still learning, and you want to work with an expert. (We’ve been in the industry for over 25 years!) You want to find an agent who is actively engaged in a certain area and price range along with what kind of market presence they have.

Look At Their Current Listings Check out an agent's listings online through Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com or the agent’s own site. 95% of buyers begin their search on the Internet and you want an agent who utilizes it successfully. An attractive web presence is ideal. You also want to see if an agent has enough listings to demonstrate a healthy business but not so many that you’d be tossed to the side. Additionally, you can compare the agent’s listings to the properties you’re interested in buying or selling.

Ask About Other Houses For Sale Nearby A good agent is on top of their market. They are knowledgeable about other properties that are available in the area and are able to list them off the top of their heads. If you mention a property that has sold recently in your area and your agent not only knows the property but is able to give you a few details, that’s a clear indicator that he or she really knows your area.