There are a lot of real estate agents out there. Not every agent if for you, and (believe it or not) you are not for every agent. So how do you know which one to hire? Here are a few tips to help guide you while interviewing and researching real estate agents.
Read an agent’s reviews from other clients they have worked with recently. What other homebuyers and sellers say about an agent will be your best insight into how the agent works, and how the experience will be working with them. You can find their reviews on their website, Zillow profile, or Facebook. Or you can ask the agent for a list of their recent clients who you can call.
2. Market knowledge
Look for an agent who specializes in your area or neighborhood. Those agents are going to be most knowledgeable about what’s selling and what’s currently listed near your home. They will also know the nearby restaurants, shops, schools, etc., which they will use (at least they should!) to better market your home to buyers who want to be near those amenities.
3. Look at their current listings.
Get online and research the agent’s current listings. Especially look at their pictures and the property descriptions. 90% of homebuyers start their search online, and use pictures to determine if they want to go see a home in person. So the pictures better show VERY well online! The description of the property is important as well. It should include all information about the home that current buyers are looking for (if ACTUALLY included of course!). Click HERE for a list of what current homebuyers are looking for.
4. Do you like them?
You don’t have to be best friends with the person, but your agent should be someone you generally have a good gut feeling about. If you like your agent and have a good rapport with them, the more likely you’ll trust them.
Hope that helps in your search for a real estate agent! As always, call the Indy Scene Team with any real estate questions you may have.
~We sell Midtown!