There was a time (when I was active) everyone I know seems to know "someone" who is in real estate. Mom, friend, niece, nephew, relative.. all sorts of relationship labels. Just because you know this person via a person close to you, doesn't mean that this agent is good for you.
So how can you tell if your agent is right for you? Washington Post Express got it down to a few things important when you're looking for someone to represent you (buying or selling).
- Patience and personality.
- Demeanor is a huge part of what makes an agent great (or awful)
- Good communication skills, an encyclopedic knowledge of the area, self motivation, honesty and tech savvy.
- Not afraid to tell the truth
- Not self-serving
- Personal touch
- And more here.
In this day and age of Internet and social media, "agents use of online tools is more important than certifications they have," says Jon Heithaus, CMO of Metropolitan Regional Information System.
What you say?