Buying and/or selling a house is a big deal. They are amongst the largest purchases and milestones in your life. The right real estate agent can make a difference on how the process goes for you. You want one that will advocate for you but who also knows when to tell you bad news. You want a knowledgeable agent who knows the area well. Keep these tips in mind when you start searching for the right agent for you:

  • Make a list of potential local agents. Find out more about them by asking for recommendations and reviewing their online profile on their website. See how long they’ve been in business and ensure they’re licensed in your state.
  • Select an agent with the credentials you’re looking for. A CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) means the agent completed training in handling residential real estate, an ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative) means the agent completed additional education to represent buyers in a transaction, and a SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist) means the agent trained to help buyers and sellers who are older than 50.
  • Meet with at least two agents before committing to one so you can determine who will be a better fit to help you find the home of your dreams.
  • Ask the agent for a list of recent clients and reach out to them to see if they were pleased or disappointed.
  • Review the agent’s current listings and ask about other houses nearby where you’re selling or looking to buy. You want an agent with experience in the area and price range you intend to purchase.
  • Ask about the agent’s working hours and try to find an agent that has a back-up whether it be a coworker, an assistant, or a team, so that you know you’ll always have someone there to help you.

Do your homework and don’t just pick the first real estate agent you come across or whoever a friend suggests. You want someone who you feel comfortable with – so take the time to search a little.