|I have read a lot of articles/forums that a realtor did not provide the service the client expected...and deserved. There are few simple steps you can follow when looking for a Realtor.
1. New or Experienced
All real estate salesperson are new at some point and that should not automatically eliminate them from your list. As a new salesperson myself (in 2005), I found myself more eager to look for and assist clients. I heavily researched effective sales techniques, best marketing strategies, and result oriented negotiation techniques which greatly paid off when I got my first listing while doing an open house for another salesperson. Discuss the experience a salesperson has outside of real estate. For myself, past custromer service and project management experience helps me greatly in setting guidelines/deadlines/goals with each listing or Buyer client. Real estate experience cannot be overlooked but do not let it be your sole criteria when choosing a salesperson.
A lot of prospective Buyers/Sellers choose real estate salesperson because a friend recommended that salesperson. Referrals are ultimate reward for every salesperson but you must still qualify that agent. Always ask for two references since a salesperson who is confident in his ability will not hestitate to provide the references. All of my clients since 2005 are available for references.
Signing an agreement and putting a For Sale sign on your lawn should just not be enough. BEFORE signing the contract, request the salesperson to provide a detailed marketing plan including how will the property be advertised, which type of media will be used, how will open houses be conducted etc. Once again, an agent with a plan will not hesitate to share it with the client. For example, I carry newspapers, magazines, and brochures used in previous listings.
These are few steps that can help you qualify and choose the salesperson that meets your needs. I hope it helps.
I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences.
Happy House Hunting...and Selling
Last edited by: Agent Raj on 12-07-09 22:37:12