Real Estate 101: Choosing the Right Agent to Meet your Needs

by : Eric Bramlett

"If you hope to have a smooth experience that results in the real estate purchase you are looking for, it is important to take the time to select the best real estate agent for your needs. Although all real estate agents are capable of helping you complete your real estate purchase, there are certain agents that are better suited for certain types of purchases. Similarly, there are a few signs to watch for that will indicate whether or not you have a quality real estate agent at your side.

Consider Your Purpose

When selecting the real estate agent for you, it is important to consider the type of real estate you intend to purchase. For example, if you are interested in purchasing an apartment complex as an investment purchase, it is generally better to work with a real estate agent that specializes in selling these types of properties. Of course, you can use a real estate agent that deals mostly with selling homes, but one that specializes in the type of property you are looking for is more likely to have the types of connections you need to purchase the type of property you are looking for.

Consider Qualifications

While it is fine to work with a real estate agent, you should look for someone that is a real estate broker or a licensed realtor. An agent that is a member of the National Association of Realtors will have a displayed REALTORS® logo that will let you know that he or she has achieved this licensure. It is important to look for someone that is certified by the National Association of Realtors because this means the agent has pledged to follow a Code of Ethics that holds them to a higher standard than what is required by law.

Consider Referrals

Of course, it doesn't matter how many great qualifications the real estate agent has if he or she does not work hard for clients. Therefore, it is always a good idea to listen to referrals from other people. If someone you know had a good experience with a particular real estate agent, the chances are pretty good that you will have a good experience with that agent as well. Remember, good real estate agents stay in business because they have satisfied clients - give your business to someone with a proven track record.

Do Your Research

If you don't know someone that can refer a great real estate agent to you, you are going to have to do a bit of research. A good place to start your research is on the Internet. Visit the web sites of various real estate agents and get an idea of the types of services they provide. Look up the profiles of the real estate agents in order to get a better idea of their qualifications and experience. A site that contains customer testimonials is a good start as well - read the testimonials in order to get an idea of what other people are saying about the agent before making your final decision."