In part one of our blog on Tips for Picking a Great Real Estate Agent, we looked at Experience, Education, Market Knowledge, and Honesty and Integrity. In part two we will look at Work Ethic, Resources and Attention to Detail.
Work Ethic: Real estate is a 7 day a week job. Sometimes it involves very early hours and very late nights to meet the needs of buyers, sellers, rental property owners and renters. It is just a fact of life that sometimes people are only available early in the morning, late at night and weekends. Bear this in mind because you will want to work with a real estate agent who is able and willing to meet with you on any day, at virtually any time to get you the property that is best for you. So before you agree to work with any one specific agent, think about the following questions:
- How quickly will the real estate agent be at returning your phones calls, emails, or text messages?
- How willing is the agent to schedule viewings or inspections around your personal schedule?
- Is the agent going to be flexible? If your plans change, or if for some reason your time becomes more limited and you are not as able to view properties, will the agent still be willing to work with you?
- Does the agent understand the importance of this for you and will they treat it with that level of attention, as opposed to just being another sale, or another rental agreement?
- Is the agent overwhelmed with other clients and not going to be able to give you the attention you are going to require?
- Is the agent willing to put clauses into the contract that will allow you to cancel if you are unhappy with the performance of the agent or with the service they have been providing.
While it is true these issues may be difficult or uncomfortable for you to discuss with the real estate agent, for you they are critical in making sure that you receive the type of service you are going to need in order to complete a successful transaction real estate.
Resources: A great real estate agent should be able to provide you with a wealth of resources for your real estate transaction. These will include things such as; local contacts, access to school reports, and specific information about the local neighborhood. You should feel free to ask your agent any of this information as it relates to your real estate purchase or rental.
Attention to Detail: Real estate is an exacting business. In your excitement about finding your new place you want your agent to be well versed in all of the details surrounding the purchase, sale or rental of real estate. Your agent is there to make sure that all of the “t’s” are crossed and the “i’s” are dotted. He or she should be able to “read the fine print” of which you may not be aware. No detail is too small to be of importance.