Selecting a real estate agent

October 7th, 2011

Selecting a real estate agent or local realtor can be tough. And in Steamboat Springs, Colorado there are about 330 Realtors to choose from.  How do you decide? Well, buying real estate is one of the largest things you will do financially. So it’s important to select the right agent the first time.  Fortunately, many agents have a website so you can learn a lot about an agent through browsing their website.

Selecting a realtor

Selecting a realtor

Selling and buying real estate should always be taken seriously. Never hire a friend, family member, acquaintance, or recommended agent based solely on your relationship with that person’s experience. Hire an agent based on their professionalism, their expertise,  their personality, and what services they will provide you. If it turns out to be your friend, mother, neighbor or recommendation, then that is great. But always interview the agent(s) and select the best one – the agent that provides a great service and will get the job done.  I suggest interviewing 3 agents.

Within the interview ask the agent – If you’re selling:  What are you going to do to sell my place for the most amount of money in the timeframe that works for us.   Do not just hire the agent that tells you that they will sell your home for the most amount.  That can and many times become just the opposite. If you’re buying: Ask the agent what are you going to do to find me the best property and get me the best deal?

If they educate and continue to talk your ear off and what they say makes sense, then maybe you found your Realtor. If they babble on about statistic and awards and how great they are then you might want to talk to someone else.

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