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Choosing the Real Estate Agent that is Right for You

By The Clarke Agency
Broker/Owner, The Clarke Agency, Inc. Real Estate

RChoosing the right real estate agenteal estate agents are used by both buyers and sellers. Whether you are buying or selling a property, it will likely be one of the largest financial decisions you will be faced with. As a result, you will want professional, experienced advice and guidance when making key financial decisions. So, how do you find the right agent for you?

One of the best ways to find the agent that is right for you is by talking to people that live in that community. Ask co-workers, friends, and relatives about their experiences with real estate agents. A positive personal recommendation is usually a reliable source of information in choosing an agent. In addition, you can drive around the area and make note of agents’ names on the for sale signs. Good agents get more listings, so you’ll notice some names appearing more often than others. Don’t hesitate to interview a couple of agents to see which one feels like the best fit for you. Some of your choice criteria should include experience, commitment, formal training, and personal rapport.

In terms of experience, every agent has to start somewhere, but an agent who has been in the business longer will have experience and knowledge that a new agent won’t have. One of the roles of a real estate agent is to be a source of knowledge, information, and advice. Don’t hesitate to ask him/her for a list of recent clients as references.

A good real estate agent is also committed to doing a good job for their clients and customers. The agent needs to be flexible in their schedule so they can meet with prospects at their convenience.

In addition, real estate agents take extensive course work to get their license. However, there are a number of professional certifications and additional course work that a real estate agent can take to educate themselves further. These additional courses and designations require a commitment of time and money. It indicates that the agent is dedicated to furthering their knowledge, adhering to ethical standards, and improving their customer service.

Just like having good rapport with your doctor, dentist, hair stylist or barber, you want to have a good working relationship with your real estate professional. You need to be able to communicate with your agent, and feel comfortable sharing your real estate needs with him/her. Listen to what your gut tells you about this person. Some people’s personalities just don’t line up well.

Buying or selling a home is often stressful and emotionally challenging. You need to feel comfortable on a personal level with your agent, no matter how experienced he or she is. Take your time in choosing an agent, ask around for recommendations, and don’t hesitate to interview for personal rapport.

52 Comments
  1. My wife and I would love to move into a home by the end of this year, but we aren’t sure how to find the right place. I’ve been reading about how a real estate agent can be helpful since they usually have access to listings we can’t see and therefore give us greater reach. I think I’d feel comfortable working with an agent that has been in the business a while since they’d most likely have better experience and knowledge like you mentioned.

  2. I like how you talked about a real estate agent who has been in business longer having more knowledge. My wife and I have been tossing around the idea of using a real estate agent to help us find a new home, and I think that being able to utilize an experienced and knowledgeable agent would be one of our biggest assets. I’ll have to make sure that we get a good real estate agent to help us find our next home, and help us make the most of the experience! Thanks for the tip!

  3. My wife and I have been wanting to find some real estate agents that we could work with in order to find a new home for our family. I’m glad that you talked about a good agent being committed to doing a good job for you, and how they need to be flexible to help things be convenient for us. I’m going to have to see if we can find some real estate agents with these attributes, and figure out someone to work with who would be good for us! Thanks for the suggestions!

  4. I like what you say about talking to neighbors, friends, and family about realtors they’ve worked with. It’s great to know others have had a good experience the real estate agent your about to hire. My wife and I are looking at buying a new house so I’ll make sure to ask around so we can find a good one.

  5. I’m planning on moving soon with my family and I’m glad to have found this article. It’s comforting to know that real estate agents have licenses they worked hard for. I’ll seek aid from professionals once we do move; thanks again for the help!

  6. My wife and I have been considering getting a new house for a while now, but since we are still pretty new to the process, we wanted to find someone to help us out. It makes sense that you would want to find an agent that has a pretty flexible schedule. That way, you will be able to get their help no matter the time.

  7. I like what you say about getting recommendations from family and friends. Knowing others have had a good experience with the work the realtor has done is so important. We’re looking at buying a new home soon so I’ll make sure I ask around before we hire someone.

  8. I would really like to buy a new house, but I have never boughten one before. That is a good idea to hire a real estate agent to help me out. I would really like to have experienced advice and the guidance that they would provide for me while I am trying to buy a home. Thanks for the information!

  9. Thanks for these invaluable tips! I agree that getting an agent that has a lot of experience in the market should be your primary consideration. My sister sold her house and hired a newbie relator. It was a bad experience altogether. Also, I would recommend finding an agent who’s local for they will know the local market’s movement and trends and could give you the best advice to your real estate needs. Cheers!

  10. I loved when you mentioned how a good real estate agent is committed to do a good job. It makes sense that taking the time to understand this can help you find the best agent that can lead you to buy a house. Personally, I would want to read online reviews and ratings in order to find the best agent to help me buy the type of house I want.

  11. Cathie, thanks for your comment about how you should use a real estate agent for both selling and buying. I like how you said that you should also want professional advice when choosing. My husband and I are considering selling our home and purchasing a new one, and we are considering agents to help us put ours on the market.

  12. I like that you mentioned that a good agent will be flexible and be able to meet you when it is convenient for you. I can’t tell you how nice it would be to be able to meet with an agent anytime you had questions or concerns. My wife and I are trying to find a real estate agent to help us sell our home so we can move our family to a bigger space. I will make sure that we keep these things in mind as we search, thanks.

  13. It’s stressful for me and my husband to sell our home as we’re really busy working every day and so we’re contemplating on getting a real estate agent to do it for us. Thanks for the tips in this article in choosing the agent that is right for us. Someone who is flexible in their schedule to meet up with us at our convenience. Much appreciated!

  14. I like how you say that a good real estate agent will continue to educate themselves through courses. My husband and I want to get a new house now that we have a toddler and a baby we need more room. We’re not too sure what the best way to buy a house is, so we’ll have to find one of those good real estate agents.

  15. I really like what you said about finding the best real estate agent for a specific community. I would never have thought that asking the people in the community is the best way to do it. I am currently looking to buy a property and this article really helped me out.

  16. Thank you for mentioning how you should take the time to find a real estate agent that has a flexible schedule to meet your needs. It is important to remember that taking the time to do some research and to compare several agents in order to find the best one for your needs. I can see how anyone looking into this would want to take the time to read online reviews and ratings can help you find the best one for the type of transaction I want to do.

  17. This article couldn’t be more helpful! I’m trying to sell my house, and I’m looking for a real estate agent for professional and experienced advice. A good working relationship with my real estate agent will help me to be able to comfortably share my real estate needs with him/her. Thanks for this tip!

  18. I wouldn’t have thought to ask about an agent’s past clients. That was good advice. It seems like a good time for me to buy a house. I was planning on doing everything myself, but I heard it’s less stressful when you’ve got a good real estate agent.

  19. I have a lot of friends that have experienced moving at least once in their lives. And now that it’s my time to look for a new home, I realized that your suggestion is right. It’s better to just simply ask people I know if they have a suggestion of a good real estate agent. If they were satisfied with the service, then I know that I will be satisfied too. Thanks for the article. I learned a few things from it.

  20. Thanks for sharing your article about choosing the real estate agent. I like how you talked about how committed a real estate agent must be in doing a good job for their clients. Investing in a new property is a big decision so I believe that you must only deal with an agent who’s willing to commit time and dedication to help you. My mom wants to buy a new house, and we’re looking into hiring an agent for stress-free transactions. I will make sure to consider your tips about choosing real estate agents.

  21. I’m glad I came across your article about choosing a real estate agent. I couldn’t agree more with what you said about how an agent needs to be flexible on their schedule so they can meet with prospects at their convenience. My family is getting bigger so my husband decided to buy a house that will suit all of us. My schedule is often crazy, so it will be best to find someone who can be flexible enough to meet me to discuss everything that matters in buying a house. For me, a buyer should be part of every step of the purchase, so it’s vital that I’ll be able to talk to the real estate agent when needed. I’ll make sure to remember all your tips.

  22. I like how you say that you would want to make sure that a realtor has the right professional certifications. it would be good to consider this because it would show their devotion. My sister needs someone to help her move into a bigger home, so she’ll have to find someone who is certified to help her buy it.

  23. I agree with you that in choosing a real estate agent who will help you choose a home, the best ones to consider are the ones who are experienced, knowledgeable, and certified. Buying a house is one of the biggest investments that I will ever make, so it’s only reasonable that I rely on someone dependable to help me. Thanks for the ideas. I’ll make sure keep this in mind for when I start looking for a new home next spring.

  24. My wife and I are planning on selling our current house after my parents have passed their house to me and we decided that it would be best for us to move in there. We wanted to find a good real estate agent that would help us sell our house profitably which, and I agree, could be found by asking the neighborhood for their recommendations. It is also best to give great consideration to the experience of said agent to make sure that they know that ropes of the business and could get you the best deal for your house.

  25. Thank you for the information on choosing the real estate agent that is right for me. I think references are some of the best ways of finding professionals you can be comfortable with. Like you said you want to have a good rapport so you can communicate effectively and feel comfortable. I’ll remember this when I am searching for a real estate agent.

  26. I definitely agree that a real estate agent must be flexible so he can meet you anytime you will need their service. My husband and I are both busy at work. Now that we have a plan to buy a house before I give birth, it’s important for us to find an agent that will be flexible so we can meet him after our working hours. We believe that a good real estate agent is committed to helping his clients so meeting us won’t be an issue with him. I will make sure to consider your tips in choosing a real estate agent.

  27. I like that you talked about how beneficial it is to choose a real estate agent who has been in the business longer to make sure that you will only deal with an experienced and skilled agent who will be glad to help you find the house that you’re looking for. My mother is interested to buy a house, and it’s important to only work with an agent that can help them find what exactly they’re looking for because this is an important investment for my mom. I will make sure to remember all your tips.

  28. I like that you talked about how important it is to make sure that you will be able to communicate with your real estate agent comfortably so it’ll become easier to share your thoughts about your needs and wants in a house. My husband is looking to buy a new house for our growing family. It’s important for us to make sure that we will find an agent that will be willing to listen to what we want in a house. This is an important investment, so finding a real estate agent that we can talk comfortably is crucial. I will make sure to remember all your tips on choosing a real estate agent.

  29. I like how you say that you would want to consider if a realtor is licensed. It would be good to consider this because it would show their experience. My sister is looking for a realtor, so she’ll have to find someone who is licensed.

  30. Thanks for mentioning how a good real estate agent needs to be flexible with their schedule. It is important to understand that doing some research and comparing several agents can help you find the best type of house for your needs. We are planning on getting a house and need to make sure we find the type of house that can help us be close to our points of interest and can provide the safety my family needs.

  31. Thanks for the tip to make sure that the personality of an agent lines up with your own in a way that you can feel open about communicating with them and sharing your real estate needs. My wife and I decided that it is time to move out of our current residence so that we can move to a place that is closer to my wife’s aging parents. When looking for real estate agents, we’ll be sure to watch to see who has personalities that work with our own.

  32. Asking for recommendations from family, relatives, and close friends still remains as one of the simplest but most effective ways of finding a good real estate agent today. However, you can also try doing some research online so you can read reviews about different real estate agents and real estate companies in your area.

  33. Thanks for saying that a good realtor is licensed. It would be good to consider if they are licensed because it would show that they are also qualified. My brother needs help buying a new home closer to his work, so he’ll have to find a licensed realtor to help out.

  34. I agree that a good realtor is committed to doing a good job for you. Finding someone who is qualified and experienced would also be ideal. My brother is looking for a realtor to help sell his home, so he’ll have to find someone who is qualified.

  35. I was thinking of getting a real estate soon for our move this summer. That is why I’m glad to have learned of your advice to ask around the area to know their real estate experiences and recommendations as they can serve as a pretty reliable review. Being able to find proven and tested real estate agents should be able to help us find the best home for us with ease. Thanks!

  36. It’s not often thought about, but I really like that the article recommends choosing an agent that has a flexible schedule. After all, when you’re trying to buy or sell your home you want to be able to meet with your agent in person. If they have a flexible schedule that they can easily work you into then that is even better.

  37. A real estate agent can be very helpful for buying or selling your home, so you need to know what to look for when picking one. I particularly like that the article brings up a committed agent as one of the better qualities. After all, you want to make sure that the agent you hire dedicates all of their effort to helping you with your sale.

  38. I didn’t know that agents had to take extensive courses. Thank you for the tips on how to choose the right agent. My sister is wanting to move and doesn’t know how to buy her new home. I hope she is able to find an agent.

  39. Thanks for sharing such an informative blog.

  40. I’m glad to found this article as I have a plan to move with my family and it’s good to know that right real estate agents have licenses, I will surely take help from them.

  41. Thanks for these invaluable tips! That is a good idea to hire a real estate agent to help me out. I would really like to have experienced advice and the guidance that they would provide for me while I am trying to buy a home. Thanks for the information!

  42. Hi Cathie, it really helped when you said that a real estate agent is the source of all the necessary information and advice when it comes to buying and selling of real property. I will remind my brother of this since he is now trying to buy a new house. Thanks and more power!

  43. Thank you for suggesting that an agent that has been in the business longer will have experience newer agents don’t. I need to sell my house and need a real estate agent to help me. Hopefully, i can find a great one in my area.

  44. Really great content about how to choosing the right real estate agent! Thanks for sharing such an informative post.

  45. My husband and I are wanting to buy a new house and need to make sure we are doing everything possible to ensure we are getting the right house for us. I think we are going to need to find a real estate agent and I really like your suggestion on making sure we find one that is going to be flexible. I’ll have to make sure and keep this in mind as I search for the best agents in my area.

  46. My family is needing to move to a new town and I want to make sure we get the best house possible. Thank you for pointing out that we should make sure and get a real estate agent that we are comfortable with on a personal level. I’ll have to do some research and find the best real estate agent to get us our perfect house.

  47. Last night my husband was offered an amazing new job in a different state. This means we are going to have to buy a new home. Hopefully, we can find the best real estate agent to help us get the right home for our family. Thank you for pointing out that we should make sure and find a realtor that has a flexible schedule. I’ll have to keep this in mind as I search for the best realtor in the area.

  48. My husband and I couldn’t be more excited to buy our first home and need to find the best real estate agent to help us do so. Thank you for suggesting that we should make sure and ask locals for recommendations of real estate agents. I’ll have to ask around and see if I can find the best agent in the area.

  49. My husband and I are needing to find a new house and want to hire the best real estate agent to help us out. Thank you for suggesting that real estate agents should be dedicated to helping their customers. I’ll have to keep this in mind as I search for the best agent in my area.

  50. Thank you for pointing out that experienced agents will have more knowledge of the area. My husband and I are wanting to buy a house and need an agent to help us. Hopefully, we can find the best agent for us in our area.

  51. Thank you for pointing out that a good real estate agent will be committed to the job. This is something I need in a real estate agent as I search to buy a new house on my own. Hopefully, I can find a great agent that will help me find the perfect house for me.

  52. I’ve lived in an apartment for years and I’m finally ready to buy my own house. This means I’m going to have to find a great real estate agent to help me find a house. I really appreciate that you point out that an agent with more experience will know the area and market better. This is something I’ll have to keep in mind as I search for the best agent for me.

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