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The Top 5 Traits of a Good Real Estate Agent

This guide will walk you through the traits of a good real estate agent, so you know what to look out for when picking the person who will help guide you through one of the biggest financial decisions you will ever make.

A Good Real Estate Agent Puts You at Ease

It is so important for you to feel comfortable with your Realtor.

You need to be able to confide in her about the reality of your finances when buying or selling a home. You also need to feel like you can speak freely about what you hope to accomplish in your new space or leave behind in your old one.

More than anything, you work with an agent who doesn't put pressure on you to make an offer or take a deal that you are not sure about. Instead, you want to work with someone who is patient with you, answers your questions and addresses all of your concerns. Someone who will put in the time and effort to reach the best outcome for everyone.

A Good Real Estate Agent is Proactive

You shouldn't have to chase down your agent every time you have a question. Most agents have been in the game long enough that they can anticipate clients' needs. Good agents should be proactive in offering up answers to frequently asked questions before they are even put forward.

And, if you do have a question or concern, you should expect a good agent to always follow up in a timely fashion, so you are not left hanging.

A Good Real Estate Agent Has Experience

One of the best traits of a good real estate agent is simply one who knows the market and has experiences in the kind of transaction you are hoping to make. Your agent should know what homes are selling for in the local market and understand the tactics needed to market to the local demographic.

Even if your agent is relatively new to her position, if she can demonstrate a commitment to quality by demonstrating an ever-expanding knowledge base, it is usually a good sign.

A Good Real Estate Agent is on Your Side

Your agent should be a skilled negotiator and have connections within the community that benefit the deal you are trying to make. A good Realtor will always go to bat for her clients and put in the time and effort required to get the best price, whether she is trying to help you buy a new home or sell an old one.

Your agent should also demonstrate that she is on your side by offering complete honesty, even if it's not what you want to hear.

Agents should always encourage clients to be realistic about their options, especially when it comes to finances; however, they should never be harsh and always offer to partner with you to find a mutually beneficial solution.

A Good Agent has a Good Reputation

Are others who have worked with this particular Realtor proud of their choice to do so? This is one of the best traits of a good real estate agent: reputation. If you have picked a winner, then she shouldn't be wary of providing references from her previous clients.

It's also a good idea to read online reviews about a particular Realtor or agency before working with them to assess this trait, as such reviews are very easy to access via a quick online search.

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Andrew Schmeerbauch

Andrew Schmeerbauch is the Director of Marketing at Clever Real Estate, the free online service that connects you top agents to save on commission. His focus is educating home buyers and sellers on navigating the complex world of real estate with confidence and ease. Andrew has worked on projects for the United Nations and USC and has a particular passion for investing and finance. Andrew's writing has been featured in Mashvisor, L&T, Ideal REI, and Rentometer.

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