Whether you are buying or selling property, choosing the right real estate agent is an important part of the process.
If you’re selling your home, you need to find a Texas Realtor who will be the most effective in marketing your home. If you are looking to purchase, it’s important to find someone who knows the area and can match you with your needs and wants.
But this is just the tip of the iceberg. You also must find someone who matches your communications style – someone you feel comfortable with. There are many other factors that go into finding the right Texas Realtor, and considering them will help you feel make you more secure in your decision.
How to choose?
Ask your friends and family for recommendations. Reputation goes a long way in the real estate industry. And what better way to learn about the business practices of a Texas Realtor than to ask someone who has worked with one?
Use the Web to find out more about a particular agent or brokerage. Many Texas Realtors have well-established Web sites, social networking accounts, blogs, and more. Additionally, online review sites are easily accessible. You may find good information at one of these outlets.
What to ask
Once you find a Texas Realtor you like, you’ll want to ask a few questions and convey your concerns. Many consumers only interview one agent before making a decision. This may be fine … you may very well be comfortable with the first agent you talk to, but it never hurts to consider several before making a choice.
How many years have you been in the business?
Do you have any special designations or areas of expertise?
How do you communicate with your clients?
What distinguishes you from other agents?
What type of marketing tactics do you typically use to sell a home?
Do you have experience selling my particular type of property?
What is your average sales price vs your average asking price?
Can you supply a list of references?
And when it comes to references, don’t just ask for the list. Call the names on it.
Other things that may be important to you include the agent’s knowledge of downpayment assistance grants, special loan products, programs geared to first-time homebuyers or other incentives. But these are just a few questions to get you started. Depending on your position as a buyer or seller, you can ask questions tailored to that particular process and your situation.
Communication is key
Agent-client communication is so important to a successful and satisfying transaction.
You will likely spend a lot of time together, so it’s important to find someone you're comfortable with and who is responsive to your needs. The levels of service and communication vary dramatically across this highly competitive industry, so figure out what you’re looking for from the beginning.
You may not want to work with an agent who relies more on e-mail than phone or vice versa. Or maybe you’d rather find someone who relies on text messaging, social media or IM. Whatever you want, find a Texas Realtor who meets that need.
While your Texas Realtor is a real estate expert, it helps if you have a basic understanding of the process.
Not only will you make better decisions, but you will also get some peace of mind knowing exactly what was on that huge document that required your signature so many times. Look over each form and contract closely. If there’s something you don’t understand, ask. If you don’t hear an answer that makes sense to you, keep asking until you do. Some people think they chose the wrong representation simply because they do not understand the basics of the process. You can avoid this by matching communication needs and styles and asking questions.
One of the most important questions to ask is whether that real estate agent is a Texas Realtor, because not all agents are. Agents who are Realtors adhere to a strict code of ethics and go beyond what the law requires. This ensures that you receive the highest levels of professionalism and integrity throughout the homebuying or selling process.
For more information on buying or selling property in Texas, I invite you to visit TexasRealEstate.com.
For your real estate needs, contact RE/MAX Genesis at 830-833-2000.