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How to Pick the Right Real Estate Agent

When looking for a real estate agent, you obviously want one that is experienced and will be able to help you with the specific needs you have. However, with the many real estate agents available, how can you determine which one will be right for you?

Real estate agents usually advertise themselves or their firms to be the best in the market. Some of the common ways that real estate agents use to advertise themselves include using direct-mail post cards, on the internet, on real estate magazines or simply by using yard signs. You can be easily overwhelmed with the real estate agents in the market when it comes to picking the right one. However, if you do some research, you can easily find an agent’s record and determine whether he/she will be right for you.

When you want to buy or sell property with the help of an agent, consider the following:
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Check the recent clients
Look for agents that have been recently active in buying or selling properties. You want an agent that have been active over the past 12 months in helping clients sell or buy properties. The dynamics of the real estate market keep changing and an agent who has been active will have information that can be crucial to your success in buying or selling property.
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Find out which clients the agents have worked with in the past. The clients could be those that they have sold or listed property for over the last one year. You should get the contact information of these clients and reach them at a later date. You should also find out from the agent which clients may not want to be contacted and those that may be pleased to be contacted for inquiries about the agent.

When you contact the past clients, find out what the asking price of the property as well as the sales price was. If you would like to sell property, find out whether the properties that the agent sold were similar to yours in location, price and other salient features. The best agent to work with is one that has specialized in the type of property you are looking to sell.

Finally, it is important to know the average time that properties stay in the market before the agent can sell them.

Is the Agent Licensed?
Real estate agents are licensed and disciplined by the state licensing body. Find out whether the state licensing authority recognizes the real estate agent you wish to hire. You should also find out whether there are any disciplinary actions that have been taken against the agent.

The above are two things to keep in mind when choosing a real estate agent.