Buying or selling a home is one of the largest financial decisions made in a lifetime. With the current housing market conditions of rising interest rates, high home prices and inventory shortages, choosing the right real estate agent to list or purchase your new home is an even more daunting task. Here are a few tips to help you find the perfect fit for you.
Ask for Recommendations
If you have friends or family who have recently purchased or sold a home, check with them for an agent referral. Word of mouth continues to be one of the most popular and successful ways to find a good realtor. Be sure to ask the question, “Would you work with this agent again?” Hiring a professional realtor who is a friend or family member is also an option, however, it is always wise to exercise caution when going this route as it could jeopardize the relationship if things do not go as planned.
Research Prospective Agents
Do some background work on potential agents by checking them out online. Start with their website, current or recent listings, social media profiles and reviews to get an idea of their professional background and personality. Think about the characteristics you value most when reading reviews. For example, you may prioritize an agent that is focused on the numbers or perhaps you prefer a realtor who offers great customer service. Browsing websites and listings will also give you insight into an agent’s experience with specific areas of towns and types of homes. Community involvement is also an important trait to consider. Being a part of the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga and other area organizations shows the agent has a large network of contacts with other agents, builders, and other local industry professionals.
Interview Your Top Choices
While it may add a little more time to the process, meeting with potential agents is important so that you don’t run into issues down the road. “When looking for a real estate agent to sell your current home or purchase your new home, it's always a good idea to have a list of questions ready for prospective realtors," shares Charlotte Mabry with Greater Downtown Keller Williams Realty. "Take the time to ask the interview questions to make sure you have the right fit, check on their length of time as a realtor, and ask for a few recent client references.” Mabry continues, “Our team is always happy to share references and answer any questions for new clients. We know how important this life decision is and we are committed to making sure your goals are met every step of the way.”
To start your search in finding an experienced real estate agent to sell or purchase your home, visit the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga’s member directory at www.HBAGC.net