The Importance Of Selecting The Right Real Estate Agent

By: Jennifer Stromsteen

One of the largest financial decisions you will ever have to make is the buying or selling of a home. Surprisingly, few people give finding the right real estate agent as much thought as it deserves. More often than not an agent is chosen because of the recommendation from a friend or relative or from seeing an ad in the local newspaper. Taking time to perform a thorough investigation in order to select the right agent who will meet your needs can save you a great deal of aggravation and effort in the process of finding a new home or selling your home quickly.

Once you get word out that you are ready to buy or sell a home, you'll be surprised at the number of people who want to represent you. You won't have to worry about finding an agent, the response will overwhelm you. Your only concern at that point will be finding a good agent.

The majority of people end up with an agent because it is the easiest approach. They use the telephone to call about a house they are interested in, and from that point on, they end up working with an agent who may or may not be any good. You have no way of knowing if they are indifferent to your needs, self-centered, genuinely care about their clients, are new in the business, or are simply out to get a fat commission check regardless of how many times they have to stretch the truth in order to get it. The only thing you know for a certainty when approaching the process in this manner is that the agent is capable of answering a telephone. It is so much more beneficial if you find an agent before you go searching for a house.

This is especially important if you are selling a house. Your house is likely the most valuable thing you own, so it is in your best interest you find an agent your can trust. This agent has a tremendous financial responsibility to you as well as a tremendous duty - a duty of trust and confidence.

Seeking suggestions from friends and family may be a place to start, but don't hire an agent solely on those recommendations alone. The best way to proceed is to choose a successful high-traffic agency first, and then ask them to suggest a couple of the top agents within that agency. By approaching the process of selecting an agent in this manner, you'll be far more likely to achieve your real estate goals in the most efficient manner possible.

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