Trying to find a real estate agent can feel overwhelming and knowing where to start can be difficult. E.E. Ward Moving & Storage is an approved vendor for the Columbus Board of Realtors and can serve as a valuable resource for you in locating excellent real estate agents. The following tips and suggestions from the moving professionals at E.E. Ward could help you through the process.
Go to open houses. An open house is a great place to meet an agent, even if you’re not interested in that particular property.
Talk to friends and relatives. Ask friends and family about the agents they have used. If an agent produced positive results for a friend, there’s a good chance they will do the same for you.
Meet with more than one agent. Before settling on an agent, explore all of your options. Whether you need a buyer agent or seller agent, you want to hire someone that’s right for you. It is important that you feel comfortable with your choice of agent.
Find an agent with an online presence. 85% of all buyers initially sell their homes online which makes having a web-savvy agent very important.
Don’t sign anything right away. Do not feel pressured into signing a buyer’s agreement form before looking at any properties. A good agent will allow you to feel free to build trust with them over several hours of looking before having you sign anything.
Make sure the agent is experienced. You’ll want someone who has been working for a few years and has closed a lot of properties. More closings mean more experience.
Ask questions. It is important that you find an agent that is knowledgeable about real estate in general, as well as about the specific area you’re looking to buy or sell in.
Check their references. An agent should be able to provide you with references. Don’t be afraid to check with those references.
Search the realtor’s current listings. See how their MLS listings come up in searches. When listing in today’s market, all listings from small to large should have professional photos – this is the first sign of a professional real estate agent who understands today’s market.