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Finding a Good Realtor

By Jeremy
July 7th, 2011 - 10:16 AM

Finding a good realtor is more important than you think!
As the housing and real estate market continues to get more competitive, one the most important steps you'll need to take when selling or buying a home is finding a good realtor. A 'good' realtor will be able to help guide you through the difficult and sometimes tedious real estate world while keeping your best interest in mind.
Although there are a wide variety of venues for checking out the listings in your area, an experienced realtor can be the most valuable resources at your disposal. Realtors are often the first to know about new listings and may have access to market information that is not available to the public. By finding a good realtor, you'll have an advocate that's willing to listen to your needs and will act according to what will best fit your financial situation. 

So how do you go about finding a good realtor? Start with referrals! Talk with close friends and family members who've been through the house-hunting process and check out realtors they've had a positive experience with. Checking with loved ones can also give you insight into the moving process, which will be helpful later on down the road!

Another way to find a reputable realtor is to visit a few open houses in your area. When you're there, take notes on the realtors actions and how they present the home. This will give you a good indication of how much time and effort they'll put into selling your home if you choose. Be sure to grab a business card from any professional realtors that you're impressed with.

Some buyers/sellers will even scope out a realtor online. Many realty websites list bios and reviews for their agents, which are great sources of information. The listings under a certain agent can also provide insight on their business sense. Just remember to schedule a face-to-face meeting with a realtor that you've found online before making a decision!

Having a good relationship with your realtor is key to reaching the results you're looking for. If you've moved before and bought or sold your home, was your experience with a realtor a good one? Let us know!