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7 Things to Look for When Hiring a Realtor

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Buying a new home or selling your current one is not an easy task. That’s why many homeowners and buyers hire a Realtor to help them through the entire process. Professional real estate agents can help you make good decisions and avoid the common pitfalls of home buying or selling. 

If you’re planning to hire a Realtor to guide you in a real estate transaction, here are some of the most important qualities to look for.

  1. Knowledgeable and market-savvy

    Like any other professional, Realtors should be knowledgeable in their field. You need to make sure that your real estate agent is duly licensed and knows the ins and outs of the market. They should also be aware of current trends and have neighborhood expertise. A knowledgeable and experienced realtor is one who can confidently help address your concerns, deal with a variety of situations that may arise, and get you good results.

  2. Honest, trustworthy, and compassionate

    When choosing a real estate agent, you need someone who’s honest and trustworthy. Real estate-related transactions are complicated enough so you need to have a Realtor who represents and fights for your best interests. 

    Aside from integrity, look for someone who is able to understand your needs. A good Realtor knows that every client is unique, and they will take the time to listen to your goals and preferences so they can provide customized services. 

    To give you an idea of how your future realtor works with clients, you can ask past and present clients about their experience in working with them. An agent referred by people you trust and comes with good reviews is highly preferable.

  3. Offers adequate support and communication

    Clear and frequent communication with your agent is vital to the success of any real estate transaction. Your agent should be available when you need them. Work with someone who can provide a variety of communication channels so you can easily get in touch with them. It’s an advantage if your agent also has a licensed assistant or second in command who you can talk to if your agent isn’t available. 

  4. Professional network

    A Realtor with a wide network of professionals and other agents is definitely an advantage. It means that they can help you find a good handyman, insurance agent, home inspector, mortgage broker, and other professionals you may need during the home buying and moving process. 

  5. Tech-savvy

    Many real estate transactions are done online nowadays. Also, a lot of people rely on the internet to communicate. That’s why it’s important to find a Realtor who is tech-savvy and can provide other methods of communication aside from phone calls and texts. They should also be knowledgeable about online trends so they can look for great opportunities for you or effectively market your property online. 

  6. Professionalism

    Professionalism means being able to conduct business with skill, competence, and dignity. It’s a good practice to talk to an agent or visit their website to see how they convey themselves both online and offline. 

  7. Consistent track record 

    Track records are built over time. A good Realtor who performs consistently attracts a high-quality clientele. It’s important to work with an agent who constantly produces good results. 

Whether you’re buying or selling your property, looking for professional property management, or have other real estate needs, our team of Lake Chelan Realtors at Coldwell Banker Chelan are happy to assist you. Learn more about Lake Chelan and other great communities in the area by getting in touch with us at 509.682.7777 or send an email to ruth(at)cbchelan(dotted)com