How To Find A Good Real Estate Agent

9 August, 2012 (20:18) | Agents | By: Keith and Mary Williams

Finding good real estate agents like Keith and Mary Williams in Columbus, Ga. can be hard to do.  You need someone you can trust and that can do the best job for the cheapest price available.  Here are a few tips to look for when deciding on a realtor.

First meet agents out in their working environment, not in their offices.  Good agents rarely spend time at their offices and should be instead showing homes, checking on properties and hosting open houses.

Check on the agent’s experience and find out how long they have been working for and how many properties they have “closed the deal” on.  An average real estate agent closes about 1 or 2 houses a year.

Ask your friends and family about their past experience with a realtor, this is a great way to find one with a proven track record.  Also try visiting open houses, even ones you aren’t interested in, as these are realtors you can see, at first hand, work hard.

Make sure the agent is internet savvy as over 85 percent of all buyers initially see their homes online.  The best agents know how to use craigslist and other sites to sell or find homes and often have mobile technology to assist on the go with emails and texts.

Interview several agents if you must, but be wary of the agents telling you what you want to hear.  Also, don’t sign a buyer’s agreement form before looking at properties.  Look for signs that the agent may be too busy as well.  If you get referred to an assistant it is time to look for another agent.

Lastly make sure your agent work real estate full time.  Many agents do the job part time to supplement their income. While they can also be good agents, your best bet is to go with an agent who can work with you full time and you are the first priority.

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