When it comes to choosing the best real estate agent possible, it can seem like an overwhelming task. When it comes to real estate and residential sales, many know how to put their best foot forward and make attractive promises, but fewer know how to put their nose to the grindstone and deliver spectacular results. When it comes to choosing the best real estate agent possible, take these tips into consideration.
Get In Touch With Recent Clients
Ask any real estate agent you may potentially hire to provide a list of what they have listed and sold in the past year, with contact information. When speaking with past clients, don’t shy away from asking for specifics. Get numbers. Find out what the asking price and final sales prices were. If you are a seller, find out if these past properties were similar enough to yours in size, location, and other factors that you can make an accurate real estate comparison. Find a real estate agent who has experience with your specific type of residential sales.
Research A Potential Real Estate Agent
States have boards that license and discipline every real estate agent working in each state. Check with your state’s regulatory body to make sure they are licensed and have not had any official complaints or disciplinary actions filed against them. Find out how long they have been in business, take a look at their residential sales record, and look at their current listings to make sure they properly take advantage of the internet and recent technology to make sales.
Select An Agent With The Proper Credentials
Just as those in other professions, such as doctors specialize in a particular field, so does the real estate agent. Here are some of the credentials and what they mean:
- CRS (Certified Residential Specialist): This certification indicates that a real estate agent has completed additional training in handling the residential real estate, which makes them ideal for handling residential sales.
- ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative): This certification indicates that a real estate agent has completed additional education in representing buyers in real estate transactions.
- SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist): This certification indicated that a real estate agent has completed training aimed at helping sellers and buyers in the 50-plus age range handle real estate transactions.
Depending on your needs, look out for these certifications.
Residential Sales with Clagett Enterprises
At Clagett Enterprises, we have extensive experience serving the greater Frederick area and Western Maryland, since 1987. Our team is a full-service real estate company that’s ready to help you with your real estate and residential sales needs. Speak with a Clagett professional at 301-665-6009, or request a proposal for preventive maintenance here.