How to Pick the Right Real Estate



Agent for Your Needs

Whether you are buying or selling, choosing the right real estate agent makes all the

difference in getting your property sold or closing in a timely manner. But not all

agents are created equal. In fact, some can cost you tens of thousands in lost equity

if they do not prioritize your listing. So, it’s vital to do your homework before hiring a


Here are a few tips to help you choose the right real estate agent for your needs:

Get referrals. Ask friends and family members for recommendations, particularly if

they have recently purchased or sold a home in your area. You can also search

online for vetted agents in your area and compare their reviews, number of homes

sold, and other relevant information. It’s also a good idea to check with your state’s

real estate regulator to see if they have any disciplinary actions against them.

Ask to meet with a few agents before making your decision. During this one-on-one

meeting, pay close attention to how the agents treat you and whether their working

styles mesh well with yours. Considering you will be spending much of your time

with the agent, you want to be comfortable and confident that they are someone you

can rely on.

Look for an agent who is a full-time real estate agent and not just a hobbyist. This

will ensure they have the time and focus to devote to your sale. Also, make sure

they can answer your questions about how the real estate market is performing in

your area and provide you with detailed data to back up their analysis.

Determine if they have a clear plan of action for selling your home and what their

process is for showing homes and attracting buyers. A great real estate agent will be

able to explain their approach in detail, including the steps they will take to promote

your property and how long they expect your home to be on the market. Also read:

During your one-on-one meeting, be sure to ask the agent how they would price

your home. They should be able to provide you with a comparative market analysis

(CMA) that will show you how your home is being valued in comparison to other

properties in the area. They should be able to explain the rationale behind their

pricing estimate, such as the square footage, condition of your home, and its


Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, it’s a good idea to sign a buyer’s or

seller’s representation agreement with the agent of your choice. The contract will

outline your relationship and responsibilities, including the agent’s commission rates

and how they are paid based on when your home is sold. Generally, the agreement

is for six months and doesn’t include an option to cancel, so it’s important to think

carefully before signing on with an agent. If you have any doubts, speak to a trusted

friend who has experience in the real estate industry for advice.