7 Tips for Choosing A Real Estate Agent

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Choosing a real estate agent is one of the most important decisions a home buyer or seller can make.

When selecting a real estate agent strong knowledge of the community, strong negotiation skills and a commitment to providing excellent service are all crucial elements.  Listed below are 7 Tips to know before choosing the agent who is right for you!

1. Talk with past clients
Ask agents to provide a list of homes they sold in the last 12 months with contact information. Ask the past client what the asking price was vs. the sales price.

2. Look up their license
Check with the DRE (www.dre.ca.gov) to find out if the person is licensed and if there have been any disciplinary actions or complaints.

3.Pick a winner
Peer-given awards count, designation awarded by the state or local branch of the National Association of Realtors. That’s a huge endorsement.

4. Select an agent with the right credentials
Just as doctors specialize, so do real estate agents.  And even generalists will get additional training in some areas. That list of letters after the name can be an indication that the person has taken additional classes in a certain specialty of real estate sales.

5. How long the agent has been in business?
You can often find out how long the agent has been selling real estate from (www.dre.ca.gov). Or, you can just ask the agent.

6. Look at their current listings.
Check out an agent’s listing online. Two places to look are the agency’s own site and Realtor.com, a website that compiles properties in the Multiple Listing Service . Almost 90% of buyers start their search online, and you want an agent who uses that tool effectively.

7. You get what you pay for
Like the old saying goes… Hold them accountable in writing telling you what they are going to do to EARN that commission. 10% of agents sell 90% of the homes so make sure your working with that 10%.

Marcel and Jamie Atallah have been servicing Riverside County for over 10 years. They both have extensive knowledge of the local communities and will work tirelessly on your behalf to make your next home buying or selling experience a pleasant and successful one. Contact them today.