How to Pick a Real Estate Agent

Buying or selling a home is a big deal, and you want to be sure that the real estate

agent you choose will represent your best interests. You can search online for

agents in your area, but the best way to find a good fit is to interview candidates

and ask questions.

You can also look for reviews on Google to assess an agent’s track record, but don’t

place too much weight on this criteria — there are many excellent agents with a

lower score than others. Instead, try to find an agent who has a high volume of

positive reviews and has been around for a long time.

Start your agent search by looking for agents who have a background in real estate

and specialized knowledge of the type of property you are seeking. Some agents are

affiliated with large real estate companies and benefit from the name recognition,

while independent agents can offer a personalized approach to help you achieve

your real estate goals. Also read

If you are in the market to buy a home, consider finding an agent who specializes as

a buyer’s broker. This type of agent is licensed and can provide a complete set of

services to buyers, including helping them find properties, arrange showings,

negotiate an offer, and guide the transaction through closing. They can also be a

great resource for newcomers to the market and those who are relocating from out

of state.


When you meet with a prospective listing agent, ask about their experience selling

homes in your neighborhood and the types of homes they tend to sell quickly and at

a premium. Pay special attention to how they answer this question, especially if the

agent mentions a particular feature of your property that may not be relevant to the

local market.


You should also find out how available they are to work with you. Some agents are

full-time, while others only work part-time or on a contract basis. If you are going to

need to meet after work hours, during the weekends, or on holidays, find out how

accommodating your potential agent can be.


Be wary of an agent who tries to persuade you to list your home at a higher price

than other agents you are considering. This type of “high-pressure” sales tactic is

often a sign that the agent is not motivated by your best interest and is just trying to

make a quick sale. The best real estate agents will take the time to thoroughly

explain their pricing strategy and why they believe it is the most effective for your

specific situation. They should also be able to describe the audience they are

targeting and how your home will appeal to that group.