Updated: May 8, 2019
If you’re constantly getting advice on how to pick the right realtor, it can be difficult to separate the good recommendations from the bad.
Maybe your uncle or cousin is a real estate agent — or your parents are still in touch with the realtor they used 15 years ago. The fact is that these word-of-mouth referrals in now way guarantee these agents will be the right fit to sell or buy a home.
Choosing a great real estate agent is about finding someone who understands your needs and will guide you through the complex, high-stakes real estate process.
You’ll want someone who’s experienced, dedicated, and always looking out for your best interests, rather than their own bottom line.
Here are a few key considerations and tips to help you get started with your search.
Why Use a Realtor?
Picking a real estate agent gives you so much more than just listing your home on the MLS. When you work with a Clever Partner Agent, you receive all the benefits of a full-service agent for a flat fee of $3,000 or 1% of the listing price over $350,000.
These services will include professional photos, marketing on the MLS and other platforms, open houses, showings, and walking you through the process and paperwork to sell your home. If you’re buying a home, our agents may be able to get you a home buyer rebate in the 40 states that allow it.
Listing your home For Sale By Owner (FSBO) or with a discount agency that provides fewer benefits may seem better on the surface, but with Clever, you’ll sell your home for more money and pay less commission.
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What Makes a Good Realtor?
A decent listing agent will put your home on the MLS and do some basic marketing, as well as set up some open houses. A buyer’s agent doing an okay job will take you around to any houses that pop up on your weekly MLS search.
The best listing agents will work tirelessly to find the right buyer for your home — and sell it for top dollar. A great buyer’s agent finds you a home that fits into your price range and meets all your criteria, while gently guiding you through the complex negotiation process.
So what is the difference? What divides your average realtor from the top realtors? A dedication and passion for service.
A good realtor will put you — not their commission first. They will show you every home on the block if it means you can find the home of your dreams.
Good realtors will help you scrape wallpaper off the walls at 11 PM to make the deal go through by the following afternoon. They won’t disappear after the sale, either. You’ll get a holiday card or an email, just checking in to see how you love your new place. A good realtor doesn’t just stay a realtor; they become part of the family.
How to Choose a Realtor to Buy a Home
We’ve established that you want a realtor that treats you right. How do you go about finding this Realtor Charming?
Ask for Recommendations
Reaching out to your network for excellent real estate professionals is a great way to hear about experiences. Don’t just choose an agent that someone offered up because they’re a friend.
Select a realtor that has a track record of success. That track record could be shooting down a bidding war with one excellent offer the seller couldn’t refuse, and it was still a steal of a deal. It could also be helping your mom find her dream home in the best location for watching the sunset. Listen for realtors who still make their clients smile just remembering the service they gave. Those are the realtors to hunt down and work with. S
At Clever, our partner agents are the top 5% of agents in their market. When you choose to work with us, you can rest assured you’ll be paired with agents who know your locale and will you treat you right. In most cases, you’ll get the chance to interview two or more agents to find the best fit.
How to Choose a Realtor to Sell a Home
Selling your home is where using a real estate agent usually gets pricey. Even with the caliber of real estate professional that we’ve been discussing, many still look into listing the home themselves. Often, this results in frustration, time loss, and shelling out more money. So let’s get off that train while we can and dive into choosing a realtor to sell your home.
Choosing a realtor to sell your home is, in many ways, the same as selecting a realtor to help you purchase a home. You go through your network, interview candidates, look up ratings, and eventually decide on “the one.” The difference between deciding on an agent to buy with and locating a realtor to sell with is to take into consideration the price you are paying for the service they are providing. This is where a flat fee realtor comes in.
Selling with a Flat Fee Realtor
Working with a flat fee realtor combines the service of a top agent with the price of a discount agent. Flat fee realtors go the extra mile in listing and selling your house. They don’t make you pay a significant portion of the profits to them, either. You may be wondering how they can afford to work for a flat fee and still provided the level of service they provide. The answer is volume. Many flat fee realtors have no problem getting clients. Therefore, they don’t need to make a quarter of their yearly salary from the sale of your home. This leaves them free to help you in any way they can for a comfortable price.
Now that you’ve learned the right way to choose a realtor, you will never be able to go back to a regular agent without wondering in some space of your brain, “How much money would I be saving if I had chosen a realtor the right way?” Choosing a realtor the wrong way brings frustration and the loss of hard-earned money. Work with Clever Real Estate and a local full-service agent for less.
Stumbling over your feet when it comes to choosing a realtor? We’ve done the hard work for you. Clever takes out the guesswork when choosing a real estate agent because we only have agents with great reviews. Now all you need to do is sit down and choose between them. Call us today at 1-833-2-CLEVER or fill out our online form to get started.
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