How does one even find their real estate agent? Well, most people find their Real Estate Agent(s) through word of mouth, advertising of some kind, open house, or occasionally organically. Great! Now you've found someone to either list your home or find your new home, but wait, how do you know if this agent is the right agent for you + your family? Real Estate Agents aren't a one size fits all type of deal, some do much more than others in order to help you achieve your goals + some do the bare minimum in order to get paid.
Step 1 - Have a meeting. Whether you're buying your first home or 17th home or selling your current home, it's always a good idea to have a meeting with your potential agent. During this meeting your agent should be prepared to explain to you how they run their business (how they find/sell homes, marketing strategy, etc.) + answer any questions you have about the process. You can tell a lot about how an agent operates their business by how they conduct their appointments.
Step 2 - ASK QUESTIONS! Don't be afraid to ask your agent questions about the buying or selling process even if they seem obvious. We don't expect you to know all the details. Your agent should never make you feel dumb for asking questions, and if they do, there are plenty out there that will treat you with respect + be happy to answer any and all questions. Also, get to know your agent with your questions! Having meshing personalities is so important, you are going to be talking to this person a lot over the next couple months, so you better like them!
Step 3 - Sign an agreement. I'll start off with the listing side since that's the most common time to sign an agreement. Once you've decided on the agent you want to list your house you'll sign a Residential Listing Agreement. This is binding between the agent(s) and Seller(s) to list their home for a mutually agreed on amount of time, for a mutually agreed on percentage of money offered to the Listing Agent as well as to the Selling Agent (agent who brings the buyer). Once this is signed, it allows the agent to get started on their marketing strategy to get you top dollar for your home. Now, if you're buying a home it is still a very good idea to sign a contract with your agent although not required. The benefit to you signing a contract with an agent as a buyer is the agent that you met with + liked + want to hire is now bound to do their best to find you a home. They now have a fiduciary duty to you to act in the best interest of you. This goes back to the asking questions step, dig into your agent to find out what they're going to do to find you this home that other agents might not do. It's also assuring for the agent to know you're just as committed to them as they are to you. (I have a funny dating analogy for this that you'll hear in our appointment)
There are so many different personality types. Choose your agent the way you would choose your friends, it will be a much more pleasurable + comfortable experience! Now since I mentioned the friend term, if you have a friend who has their Real Estate License and you're using them to buy or sell, we still advise you to follow these steps with them to see if they're the right Real Estate Agent for you! There's nothing worse than hiring a friend + then having to fire said friend because they're a part-time Real Estate Agent or maybe just not fulfilling promises. Let me also add the benefit of hiring a T E A M. You're not hiring one single agent to do the job, you're hiring a team of them! Hence, more opportunity for YOU! We hope this was a helpful read + if you have any further questions feel free to give us a ring or you can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org