Buying or selling a home is one of the most financially impactful decisions in your life. But leaving out the emotional part of this transaction is one of the worst mistakes to overlook. As anyone who has ever been involved in a real estate transaction is aware, buying or selling a home is a very emotional investment.
Choosing the right real estate agent is very important, and is no different than choosing a life partner. So the Sexton Real Estate Group would like to have you consider the most important qualities you want in a partner as you go through this emotional and financial process.
Trust: We all like to do business with people we trust. Putting your future in the hands of someone you trust is one of the wisest decisions you will ever make. Choose an agent whom you feel good talking to about your finances, fears, concerns, hopes and dreams. A trustworthy agent will not look for his or her best interest, but rather yours. Follow your gut and your instincts and if something does not feel right about that agent, move on.
Reputation in the Community: What others say about the agent is important. When you are involved in a transaction, you want to work with an agent who plays well with other agents, who gets along with loan officers and makes this transaction smooth and stress free. Interview a series of agents before settling on one and do not be afraid to ask hard hitting questions such as, “How long have you worked in the area?” “What can you offer us that other agents cannot?” “What are other clients saying about you?” “What type of relationships do you have with other agents?” Ask to speak to their former and current clients and read Yelp reviews. Do your homework. This relationship could last for weeks, months, or even a lifetime. Choose well.
Current Credentials: Reputable agents need to keep current on their real estate license by taking classes and renewing it. Double check credentials to make sure your agent hasn’t accidentally allowed their license to expire. You do not want to lose out on the home of your dreams because of a careless mistake. You have a lot to lose.
Knowledge of Your Area: Agents who specialize in certain areas can help you choose the best neighborhoods to raise your family, settle in for your Golden Years, or be open and honest about the length of your commute. Someone invested in the area can show you the back roads and short cuts, the best places to eat and play, the local hot spots, and also the downfalls of certain areas. Agents who have lived and have raised families in the areas you want to live may be some of the best choices for you as they can give you advice on the schools, parks, sports programs, after school activities, etc. That’s not to say that agents need to live and work in the areas you want to live, but it may just be the deciding factor for you.
Availability and Knowledge of the Most Current Tools to Find or Sell Your Dream Home: Real estate has certainly changed since Rick and Ernie started real estate. Today’s technical practices allow potential owners and sellers to go online to find homes and prices in addition to what their agent has to offer. Today’s best practices allow paperwork to be filed electronically instead of waiting on lengthy delays. Text messaging, mobile phones, and emails allow for faster, direct communication. Apps allow your home to be broadcast well beyond the neighborhood, even across the world where many investors are looking to snatch up homes such as yours. Make sure your agent is up-to-date with the most current technology and standards to allow for a fast sale or purchase, reaching as many continents as possible.
The Sexton Group would love the opportunity to help you sell your home or lead you to finding the home of your dreams. We are a professional real estate company whose reputation can be backed up by a host of satisfied clients. Active in the community where we live and work, we are proud to serve you with passion, empathy, and a genuine love for our clients. Contact us today!