People seek advice when they invest their money, they seek advice when buying a car or they seek advice when buying a laptop or a TV. So, when you are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars or even millions to purchase a property, wouldn’t you want to seek advice from trained professionals in this field? Some people would argue that they can do it themselves and believe that they can do it without the help of any real estate industry professionals. If that’s the case, then I respect that and wish them well on this journey. On the other hand, for the rest of the property hunters who don’t want take on this complicated process, they can enlist the help of a Realtor.
To start off, buyers don’t pay for the service of a Realtor on their buying team. It’s the sellers that pay the commission of the buyer’s representative. If the service is free and the Realtor has the industry knowledge and the skill set to assist you, then why wouldn’t you have a Realtor working with you? It’s clear that having a Realtor assisting you with your search for a property will be beneficial. However, with thousands of Realtors out there, how do you know which Realtor is ideal for your needs? When you ask any Realtor, the majority will tell you their version of the story (here is our version) about how they are the best Realtor to suit your needs. So instead of having Realtors selling their services to you, we have compiled a checklist to help you find your ideal Realtor.
Step #1: Do a self-assessment of your own skill set before you meet with any potential Realtor. List the skills that you are good at and the weakness that you need your Realtor to have in order for you to overcome those weaknesses. Here is a list of recommended skills that a potential Realtor should have.
Step #2: Compose a list of characteristics that you want your Realtor to have. Do you want to work with a Realtor that’s competent, ethical, trustworthy, transparent, tech-savvy, has a strong financial background, possesses excellent communication and leadership skills, and is easy going and approachable?
Step #3: Interview your Realtors (at least three at a minimum) to ensure that he/she possesses the skill set to help you. Having the skill set is one thing, but the Realtor should also possess the desired characteristics in order for you to have a stress-free and successful working relationship
Step #4: Choose the Realtor that fit your needs
Step #5: Reassess your Realtor. Remember, the interview is only part of the process. You won’t know if that Realtor is suitable until you have actually worked with the Realtor. You should be able to terminate the working relationship without any strings attached if you’re not receiving the service that you were promised.
If you would like to set up an interview, contact us. One down, you just need another two more or so. Maybe not.