Suddenly, you’ve found yourself in a situation where you need to sell your home or buy a new one — either for work, a growing family, or other reasons. That means you need to find a trustworthy realtor as soon as possible. With so many options out there — an online search could lead you to dozens of realtors in your area — you need a strategy to help you find this professional to guide you on the path to reaching your real estate goals. Here are some tips to follow to find them ASAP.
Focus on your neighborhood and do your homework
What are your goals for finding an agent quickly? Do you have a specific timeline? First you want to set clear guidelines and then get a picture of where your home stands on the market to help you find the right agent. Seeing where your home stands as compared to other similar ones in your area, such as with a home affordability calculator, can make you better prepared to interview agents and ask them if they have experience in your market. While markets can change, having a general picture of the market is an important step to finding a realtor who can meet your needs. The best timing for contacting a realtor is after you’ve done your research.
Enlist help from your friends
One of our best tips for finding a trustworthy realtor quickly is to get a referral from a friend, instead of cold contacting realtors. Start by asking your friends and neighbors if they have worked with a realtor recently who might be familiar with your neighborhood and your market. If you start asking around you might find a few people after just a few phone calls or messages.
Avoid mistakes: Ask for references
What if you think you’ve found the perfect realtor, but they turn out to not be such a great fit after all? This can waste a lot of time, so it pays to talk to people who they have worked with in the past: asking for references is a must if you need to act quickly. One strategy is to ask each potential realtor who you are interested in to provide one or two contacts for sellers or buyers, depending on your situation.
When you have narrowed down a pool of potential agents, you also want to ask them questions to see if they are really prepared to help you meet your real estate goals. Some questions to consider are: What are your days on market average? How many homes have you sold or held people purchase during the last 12 months? What is your sale to list price ratio? How well do you know the area? What are your priorities for buyers and sellers? Set a script for yourself and stay focused and within about five minutes on the phone with your top three agents, you can be well equipped to understand if they might be a good fit for you.
Hiring an agent who you trust is an important step toward achieving your real estate goals. With these tips you’ll find it easier to find a trustworthy realtor as quickly as possible.