Picking the right Agent

In this uncertain market we have seen soaring prices, to affordable prices but with higher interest rates. Having the right agent that will partner with you and discuss what best steps are for your specific needs is more vital than ever before.

Having someone on your side that will be honest with you and walk you through the complexities of the paperwork and managing your expectations will help in relieving any anxiety about the biggest purchase of your life. You need someone who will listen to your wants and needs for either your first home or if you are selling your existing home to either upgrade or downsize. Your decision making process on which agent will be the best choice for you and your family will involve selecting an agent that specializes in condo or new home sales, commercial properties, rural properties or farms and that will help in narrowing the field of prospective agents.

Your Realtor will help you all the way through the process from when you interview them to sell your home or when you ask them to set up a search to find you a new one. Realtors have in-depth market knowledge and experience negotiating contracts. On the listing side, an analysis of sales data showed that on average For Sale by Owner (FSBOs) typically sell for less than the selling price of other homes; FSBO homes sold at a
median of $260,000 last year, significantly lower than the median of agent-assisted homes at $318,000. (Source: National Association of Realtors Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers 2021). On the buyer side, working with a Realtor is the best way to ensure your fiduciary interests are protected. As an added bonus, typically all commission comes from the selling side of the transaction so there are no fees to pay for your Realtors services as a buyer.

Not all agents are built the same, picking some with experience is great but picking the
RIGHT agent for you is even better. When you find the RIGHT agent please make sure that you reward their efforts with a great online review and with recommendations to your friends and family. Interview several agents to find the right one for you and your family, one that will protect your interests and work to negotiate the best possible outcome on your behalf.

– Monroe Orleans