How did you find your realtor? Did you interview a few or just meet someone at an Open House? Did you find your REALTOR on-line or was she or he referred to you from a friend or relative? Maybe your REALTOR is a relative!
I am a REALTOR and I know what I would look for if I wanted someone to represent me when I was buying or selling a home...most probably my single largest investment. I would want someone who had experience and I would definitely check references. You would be amazed at the number of people who never check a reference. I would want to make sure that they had been through a few up and down markets so for me, 6-8 years of experience would be the ideal. I would like to know that the agent represents buyers and sellers and that they take continuing education to stay current! I would check out their website and ask them if they own a home or have ever owned a home. How long have they lived in your town or community? How many listings do they carry at one time? Only you can determine how many are too many.
If you are a buyer will the agent you are interviewing be showing you homes or will that agent be having someone on their "team" showing you homes? How long has the "team member" been in real estate? Same situation if you are selling your home. Who will assist you in the selling process? Who does your Open House if you elect to have one? Who speaks to you when you have questions and attends your closing? Very important to ask your questions up front and address any concerns that you may have before signing a contract. Buying and selling a home is a team effort between you and your agent.
Real estate agents are trained sales people. You have to be careful what you buy! Honesty, a commitment to get the job done, experience, working full-time at his or her profession and good listening skills are very important assests to look for in a REALTOR. You will find these when you look at an agent's website and ask to check references. No one is perfect but there are many outstanding REALTORS who do an excellent job every day!
Accredited Home Stager
Coldwell Banker Prime Properties
Clifton Park, NY 12065