Regardless of whether you are selling or buying a home, it is absolutely critical to select a knowledgeable Realtor to help with your Southern Utah real estate transaction.
The top Realtors in any market are generally enthusiastic, progressive and preemptive.
Conversely, choosing the wrong real estate agent can be costly in both time and money.
To the uninformed, the two sound the same. But the reality is that there is a stark difference between your average real estate agent and a licensed Realtor.
In becoming a Realtor, the average real estate agent is required to join the National Association of Realtors (NAR); Following the National Association’s code of ethics and standards of practices while promoting and protecting their clients best interests.
References are one of the more effective ways of finding a qualified Realtor fast. Reach out to those in your social network and ask for a referral. Also, active Realtors tend to write blogs about the industry. So search online for Realtors with real estate blogs that disseminate real-time market activity – such as daily MLS hot sheets, monthly statistics, and the areas home price index.
More often than not, Realtors specialize in specific market sectors. While some are talented at helping clients purchase that perfect townhome/condominium, others are skilled at listing them for sale.
Comfort, Confidence and Skill
During the preliminary consultation with a prospective Realtor, pay specific attention to your personal comfort level while interviewing them:
Are they paying attention to your specific search criteria? Or do you see dollar signs flashing in front of their eyes, as they dream about their potential commission?
Do they have a firm grasp on the current real estate market? Are they skilled negotiators and familiar with the real estate purchase contract (REPC)?
It is absolutely critical that you feel at ease and comfortable with the Realtor you’ve chosen. You should be able to categorically trust that this individual possesses the ability to behave honorably and ethically, while securing you the best deal possible.
Strong Communication Skills
With one of the more important purchases of your life in their hands, your Realtor should be effectual at communicating. Provided you’re selling your property, your Realtor should offer an effectual marketing strategy, be able to clearly describe its functionality to you, and be able to field to any questions or concerns you have about their plan for selling your home.
The average marketing plan looks something like this; local advertisements in periodicals and newspapers, holding broker’s tour and open houses to spark the public’s interest in your property, and potentially increasing showings. And featuring your home on the Realtors website, while mentioning the listings on their social network.
For those purchasing a home, the Realtor should listen to your search criteria and pay attention to your price caps.
Most importantly, your Realtor should provide regular updates. Avoid working with agents that refuse to return phone calls, emails or texts in a timely manner.
After a successful and smooth transaction, hold on to your Realtor’s contact information: You may be able to help a friend out by referring them to him or her. Also, you never know when you may need their services again. Food for thought!