Find An Agent

Find An Agent

How to Find the Best Agent in Your Community

How To Find The Right Realtor

Some Benefits of Using an Agent

Working with a real estate agent provides you professional guidance during the process of purchasing or selling your home.

In 2015 the average home being sold with an agent sold for an average price of $245,000, meanwhile the average home being sold for sale by owner (FSBO) sold for an average price of $185,000.  That is a difference of $60,000!!!

Working with a real estate agent ensures that someone is representing you with only your interests in hand; through contract negotiations, the home inspection, and home appraisal process.

An agent is a client advocate, a market expert that can give you insight into the upcoming neighborhoods that have growth potential and can help you avoid bad investments into neighborhoods on a downward trend.

Buyers Agent

HOW TO FIND THE BEST AGENT FOR BUYING A HOME

Buying a home is the biggest investment most people will ever make, but not all real estate agents are equal. Find out how the experience and training of a REALTOR® can help you get into your dream home.  Here are a few tips for finding the real estate agents who have the most experience working with home buyers in their local communities.

  • Search online for real estate agents and realtors who have had the most transactions over the past 12 months.
  • Read real estate agent’s reviews from their clients who purchased homes. Review if their agents were able to negotiate the price below the original listing price of the home.
  • The majority of real estate agents work with buyers, so when you are searching for the best agent who has the most experience, you should begin your search with agents who have helped over 25 home buyers each year.

Find an agent who has their ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative) certification, which typically will indicate they work with a higher volume of buyers each year than the average real estate agents and will help with your search.

Listing Agent

HOW TO FIND THE BEST AGENT FOR SELLING YOUR HOME

When listing your home for sale, you want to find an agent that has extensive knowledge and experience with selling numerous homes every year.  There are a few things that you can do to find potential candidates of real estate agents who have the most experience with listing homes for sale.

  • Search online for real estate agents and realtors who have listed the most homes in the past 12 months.
  • Read agent’s reviews from their clients who sold their homes and see what their homes were originally listed at, what the price of the home actually sold for, and how long the home took to sale.
  • The majority of real estate agents work with buyers, so if you are seeking a the best agent for listing your home, you should find an agent who lists and sells at least 20 homes per year.

Find a real estate agent who has experience with staging homes, they may have a CSP, which is a certification for staging homes.

You may also want to see if the agents you are interviewing to sell your home have their SRS certification.

READY TO BUY?

If you are ready to begin searching for a new home, here is a 3 step guide to start your home search:

1. Search for The Best Local Agent

There are hundreds of websites that have inaccurate lists of homes for sale that unfortunately sold 6 months ago (or longer). You should contact a top performing real estate agent so that they can provide you with access to the local MLS and search 100% accurate lists of homes for sale so that you don’t get your hopes up or get discouraged.

2. Select Your Real Estate Agent

Selecting your agent can be extremely challenging. If you search online on Zillow.com, Trulia.com, Homes.com, Redfin.com, or Realtor.com you have no idea how knowledgeable or experienced these real estate professionals are since many of them simply pay a monthly subscription to generate buyer and seller leads to grow their business. Many of the best agents across the country don’t have to rely on these websites to generate leads because they are so experienced they generate tons of client referrals each year. Avoid newer realtors and agents who haven’t completed at least 100 or more transactions to ensure they fully understand the process and can navigate you through the entire home buying or selling process.

3. Find a Lender For a Prequalification Letter

Over 85% of home purchases need a mortgage loan and therefore need to find a mortgage lender to assist them with qualifying for a home loan. We have a network of mortgage lenders that can help you find the best home loan for you. Choosing which home loan is best for you can be a difficult decision; Conventional, FHA, VA, Jumbo, USDA, Bridge, Fix Rate, or Adjustable Rate.

A general rule of thumb that provides you with an estimate of what home price you could afford is 2.5-3.5 times your annual household income. There are exceptions to this including if you have a high monthly debt like student loans, credit car debt, or car loans. Also, if you have a large amount of money saved up for your down payment, you may qualify for more than our provided estimate. Speaking with a mortgage lender or loan officer is the best way to actually find out what you can qualify for, and we can connect you with a couple loan officers in your community so mane the process as easy as possible.

READY TO SELL?

If you have been considering selling your home, here is a 3 step guide to know if you are ready:

1. Do You Have a Realistic Expectation of What Your Home is Worth?

Many home owners believe their home is worth more than what it actually is worth. This is because of the attachments to their home and considering how much money they have spent on their home with upgrades and renovations. You can search on multiple websites and get free home evaluation estimates, but unfortunately many of these are very inaccurate. Zillow’s CEO, recently sold his home for $1.05 million, which sounds great, but “Zillow’s Zestimate” said his home was worth $1.75 million. This shows a home estimate that was 40% off! This is why it is so important to actually speak with a real estate agent and get an accurate home evaluation report of your homes value before listing. Get your free home evaluation report!

2. Select Agent to Sell Your Home

Many home owners only interview one agent prior to agreeing to allow them to list their home. We recommend interviewing 2-3 real estate agents or realtors prior to deciding on which agent is best for selling your home. There are many considerations to evaluate before selecting your agent; do they have the previous experience, do they have great client recommendations, how do they plan to market my home, what compensation are they asking for, do they seem honest and ethical, how long does it usually take them to sell their client’s homes, and can we agree on a listing price.

We have taken many of those challenges off the table for you and have already reviewed their experience, knowledge, and production numbers to ensure that you would only be working with the best real estate agent in your community who have sold at least 50 homes over the past year!

3. Open Communication With Your Agent

Not every real estate market across the country is the same in terms of average days on market or home price. This is important to understand because every market can change from month to month. Some regions of the country your home could be priced correctly and stay on the market for 6 months before going under contract, and in other parts of the country your home could be listed for more than it is worth and still go under contract within a couple of days. We believe it is critical to have open and clear communication with your real estate agent to set clear expectations of what could happen once your home is listed for sale on the market. Work together with your agent or realtor to sell your home quickly and for top dollar.