If you’re about to start the process of buying or selling a home, finding the right realtor can make a huge difference in how successful you may be. Not only do you need to find someone whose personality meshes well with yours, you are about to spend a significant amount of time with them, but you need someone who you can trust. Buying and selling a home comes with a lot of details, tribulations, and potential problems; having the right person by your side can make the process significantly more comfortable.
Talk To Recent Clients
One of the first places to start when looking at potential realtors is there most recent client list. Ask for a few references to see what their clients think about them. Keep in mind that the realtor is only likely to suggest clients they know are satisfied, make sure to check online for reviews to see if anyone has lodged complaints.
Check Licenses, Awards, and Disciplinary Actions
Each state has its own set of licenses, regulations, and disciplinary boards for real estate agents. Before you decide on any one person make sure to check in to see which states they are licensed in and if there are any disciplinary actions. In most cases, these will be available publicly online. In an area like the DMV, many agents will be licensed for several states if so, make sure to check the records for each state they hold a license in. Additionally, there are a variety of real estate awards that they may have won, these will be a great sign of their quality.
Know the Credentials
As with many professions, there are a variety of licenses that a real estate agent may hold, each indicates a different level of training and certification. Some of the categories include Certified Residential Specialist(CRS), Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR), and Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES). Depending on your specific needs you may find that one of these categories will be a helpful distinction.
Check Their Listings
Last but not least, take a look at their listings to get a good idea of the types of homes and the price ranges they usually work with. If the homes they’re advertising match the descriptions of what you’re looking for you’re on the right track. You will also want to look at how the listings are presented and how many there are. Does it look like they have enough clients to keep their business running without so many as to put you on a waitlist? Do their listings and web presence look well put together and professional? These factors may seem like small details individually, but as they add up, they can make a huge difference in your satisfaction and success.
Trust the Professionals at Clagett Enterprises for Your Realty Needs
If you’re looking for the perfect realtor for your property or a professional to assist you during your purchase of any home, you can rely on Clagett Enterprises. Clagett Enterprises is a full-service real estate company with almost 30 years of experience in the Frederick and Western Maryland area. For assistance with selling your home and getting the best possible price, contact us online or give us a call at 301-665-6009. To meet our team and see some of our beautiful homes, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.