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How to Find the Right Realtor for You

Home-buying season is in full swing, and one of the most important considerations when it comes to either buying or selling your home is deciding on which real estate agent to work with and how you want to engage them.

We generally recommend working with a realtor when selling your house — despite real estate selling commission fees averaging 5%-6%, having a good real estate agent can be the difference between getting top dollar or getting “stalefished.” If you’re buying a home, a top Realtor will likely have the inside scoop and give you first dibs before others so you can prevent a bidding war.

So here are a few tips for choosing the right realtor, and how to recognize early on if the agent you’re working with isn’t the best fit for you.

What to Avoid When Choosing a Real Estate Agent

First, here’s a list of things that might raise red flags when it comes to your real estate agent. If you notice any of these things, it might be time to question whether or not you are working with someone who will represent you and/or your house in the best possible way.

Your realtor doesn’t listen to your concerns. Buying and selling a house is a highly personal thing, and often is a huge financial decision. So if your realtor is pushing you to do something you are not comfortable with, that’s a big red flag. For example, if you tell your realtor that you don’t want to do an open house because of privacy, security, or any other reason, they should respect your wishes. If you feel they are being resistant to your request (open houses are great for the listing agent to find prospective clients), that’s not a good sign.

False assumptions. If your real estate agent starts to promise things that are “too good to be true,” then that should send up a red flag as well. Some big promises will result in surprise fees, so it’s always better for your agent to be honest up front about any fees and costs associated with buying and selling.

Not in your corner. Your real estate agent is ultimately representing YOU. So if you feel like they are making decisions that are not in your best interest, that’s something that should give you pause.

What to Look For in a Real Estate Agent

Here’s our advice for those looking to choose the right Realtor to sell (or buy) a home:

Go with a Top Producer.  Seniority counts a great deal in the real estate game. It’s important to go with a “top producer” because the top 20% of Realtors move at least 80% of all the homes in any given area. Top producers are way more connected than your average Realtor. They will often know of listings before they hit the market and know of final sales prices before the official close of escrow to allow for better bidding and arbitrage. For sellers, they have a huge network to send out feelers for your property as well.

Ask when they last sold a home. If your Realtor hasn’t sold a home within the past six months, alarm bells should be going off. The Realtor should have a consistent flow of homes for sale, ideally in your price range or higher.

Does s/he have a web presence? If your Realtor doesn’t have a his/hername.com website in this day and age where 80% of properties are found online, then you should be leery. The website should have basic info such as their bio, their previous transactions, thoughts on the market, some pretty graphs, and so forth. The website should also serve as their resume for the list of properties they’d sold or acted as the buyer’s representative.

Interview your Realtor to ascertain professionalism. If you don’t find your prospective Realtor charming and pleasant to work with, neither will anybody else. It’s also important to gauge their knowledge of the current housing market in your area. Ask them about pockets of strengths and weaknesses in local housing market, as well as the risks. Ask about various real estate tax strategies or housing credits. Your Realtor should also present to you a comprehensive game plan for marketing and selling your home.

Does your Realtor have integrity? Your realtor should be totally upfront with you about what goes into the buying or selling process. This goes a long way because it minimizes the risk of negative surprises.

What About Real Estate Commission Rates?

Typically, real estate agents charge around a 6% commission fee. This can be expensive, especially if you are selling in cities such as San Francisco and New York. For example, if you are selling a $2 million home in San Francisco, you’ll be paying around $100,000 in commissions.

The reason for such a high commission structure despite internet companies such as Zillow, Trulia, and Redfin making it extremely easy for any buyer or seller to find or market a property is just down to how the system works. Half of the 6% commission is used to pay the buyer’s agent for bringing the client. Meanwhile, the other half of the commission is generally split in half again between the selling agent and the brokerage house e.g. Coldwell Banker, Zephyr, Remax, etc.

It’s important to be aware of how real estate commission works when buying or selling a house and evaluating if the realtor you are working with is a good fit. For example, some agents will not show their clients a particular house that fits their needs if the commission is too low, so being aware of how the system works will keep you alert to any potential conflicts of interest like this.

Both sides are usually willing to negotiate down their commissions if the choice is between walking away, and making a transaction happen.

How Can Personal Capital Help?

When going through a big financial life change like buying or selling a home, it’s important to keep your financial advisor as involved as possible. For example, if you are gearing up to buy a home, your Personal Capital advisor can help you determine the best way to come up with a down payment, and where to keep the money in the short-term. If you’re not already a client, read more about the wealth management services we offer here.

Terms to Know

To close, we’ll leave you with a little glossary of terms when it comes to the people involved in helping you buy or sell your home. These terms can often be confused.

Real Estate vs. Realtor vs. Broker

  • Real estate agent: Anyone who earns a real estate license can be called a real estate agent, whether that license is as a sales professional, an associate broker or a broker. State requirements vary, but in all states you must take a minimum number of classes and pass a test to earn your license.
  • REALTOR®: A real estate agent who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®, which means that he or she must uphold the standards of the association and its code of ethics.
  • Real estate broker: A person who has taken education beyond the agent level as required by state laws and has passed a broker’s license exam. Brokers can work alone or they can hire agents to work for them.

 

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  1. Jagriti Singh

    There’s no shortage of real estate agents vying for the job via online ads, postcards and yard signs, but with so many professionals to choose from, finding the right one can feel overwhelming. Thanks for sharing the useful tips!

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  2. Sandra Patterson

    Thank you for explaining that real estate agents typically charge around 6% for a commission fee. My sister has been thinking about getting a professional in to help her with her to find the perfect house to move her growing family into. I will send this to her, I am sure getting a good realtor is the first step.

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  3. Jeff Wilcox

    I like the tip that you gave to choose a realtor who has a strong online presence. My wife and I want to move to a home that will be closer to her mom, and it would be important for us to know that we could find a reliable realtor to help us do so. If we decide to find a realtor, I will be sure to look for one who has a strong online presence.

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  4. easton

    I like the tip that you gave to choose a realtor who has a good online presence. My wife and I have been talking about finding a realtor to help us sell our apartment, and it would be important for us to know that we could find one who we would be able to trust in. If we decide to find a realtor, I will be sure to check their online presence beforehand.

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  5. easton

    I like the tip that you gave to choose a realtor who has a good reputation. My wife and I have been talking about finding a new home that is closer to my work, and we would need to find a realtor who we could trust in. If we decide to get a new home, I will be sure to check the reputation of a realtor before I hire them to help us.

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  6. easton

    I like the tip that you gave to look for a realtor who has sold a home within the last six months. My wife and I have been talking about finding a realtor to help us sell our current home before we move in with her parents, and it would be important for us to know that we can find one who we can trust in. If we decide to hire a realtor, I will be sure to look for one who has sold a home within the last six months.

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  7. easton

    I like the tip that you gave to choose a realtor who has sold a home recently. My wife and I have been talking about finding a realtor, and it would be important for us to know that we can find a realtor who we can rely on. If we decide to find a realtor, i will be sure to look for one that has sold a home recently.

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  8. easton

    I like the tip that you gave to look for a realtor who has a strong online presence. My wife and I have been talking about finding a realtor, and it would be important for us to know that we can trust in who we choose to hire. If we decide to hire a realtor, I will be sure to look for one who has a strong online presence.

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  9. easton

    I like the tip that you gave to look for a realtor who has a strong online presence. My wife and I have been talking about finding someone to help us sell our home, and it would be important for us to know that we are choosing the right person to do so. If we choose to find a realtor, I will be sure to look for one who has a strong online presence.

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  10. easton

    I like the tip that you gave to look for a realtor who has a good online presence. My wife and I have been talking about finding realtor to help us find a new home, and it would be important for us to know that we can trust in who we hire. If we find a realtor, I will be sure to check their online presence.

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  11. Richard Davis

    It is definitely important to make sure if the real estate agent is reliable and have enough experience selling a house. I agree that you have to ask when was the last time they sold a home to know if they are updated to the current real estate market. Great blog by the way and thanks for sharing your experience selling your house. This is really helpful and informative.

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  12. easton

    I like the tip that you gave to look for a realtor who has a good online presence because they often times are the most reputable. My wife and I have been talking about moving to a new home, and it would be important for us to know that the realtor who we hire will be good for us. If we move, I will be sure to look for a realtor who has a strong online presence.

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  13. easton

    I like the tip that you gave to check when the last time that a realtor has sold a home before you decide to hire them. My wife and I have been talking about moving to a new home, and it would be important for us to know that our realtor can offer the level of help that we need. If we decide to move, I will be sure to check when the last time they sold a home was.

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  14. Sariah Meagle

    Since I’m going to sell my home soon, it might be a good idea to ask realtors around when they last sold a home so that I know who to work with. I would prefer if they have some web presence as well so that I can read reviews about them. I’ll be sure to interview candidates so that I’ll know which realtor to pick.

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  15. Rhianna Hawk

    I really appreciate your tips for finding a great Realtor, as I’m considering selling my home soon and any help I can get would be welcome. You’re definitely right that top producers are more connected and would be more effective at selling my home, for sure. Knowing how recently they were last working to sell homes is important as well, I agree, so that I can get someone who is current in the market.

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  16. Lillian Schaeffer

    Thanks for letting me know that you should ask a real estate agent when the last time they sold a home was. My husband and I are going to be moving, so we need to sell our house. We’ll definitely try to find a real estate agent who has recent successes with that.

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  17. Kairi Gainsborough

    I appreciate the explanation of the differences between a realtor, a real estate agent, and a broker. It is interesting to learn that brokers need to pass an exam and further their education. If you had a complex real estate issue or simply wanted help from a person with the most experience, going t a broker sounds like your best bet.

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  18. Penelope Smith

    This is some really good information about how to pick a realtor to sell your home. I liked that you pointed out that I should check when they las sold a home. That is good for me to know because I want to sell my home after the holidays.

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  19. Kairi Gainsborough

    Thanks for sharing your experience with using real estate agents to sell your house. I found it really interesting that statistically, 20% of the top realtors in a given area sell 80% of the houses. This is the type of agent I want to work with because they are clearly good at their job. With all that experience, they probably have a lot of connections in the industry that can help you sell your house faster. Asking how many homes an agent has sold in the past year and comparing that to other you speak with could probably help you figure out which agents are in the top 20%.

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  20. Taylor Bishop

    Thanks for this advice for finding a good realtor. I’m glad that you mentioned to find a realtor that has sold a home within the past six months. This seems important because it can show that the realtor is still very active in the real estate market and understands any new changes that have happened.

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  21. Easton Memmott

    I like the tip that you gave to look for a realtor who has sold a home in the recent past. My wife and I are thinking about selling our home, and it would be important for us to know that we have chosen a reliable realtor. If we decide to sell our home, I will be sure to look for a realtor who has sold a home recently.

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  22. Easton Memmott

    I like the tip that you gave to ask a realtor about when they last closed a transaction. My wife and I are thinking about selling our home to move in with her parents, and it is important for us to know that we can trust who we hire. If we decide to sell our home, I will check the selling history of our realtor.

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  23. Easton Memmotts

    I like the tip that you gave to look for a realtor who is intelligent in their field of work. My wife and I are thinking about moving to a new home, and it would be important for us to know that we can trust their work. If we do decide to move, I will be sure to check if they are intelligent before I hire them.

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  24. Malia Davis

    I never knew how important it was to go with a “top producer” in real estate and how seniority really is essential. We are trying to sell our home as soon as possible so that we can move to a new location with my husband’s work. If getting a “top producer” agent would help us sell the home faster and get us the right amount for it, I’m all for the idea! The biggest thing is just that we sell soon.

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  25. Lawrence

    Interesting article. thanks!!

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  26. Hannah Neilson

    You make a good point when you say that you want to find a realtor who is on time. It would be good to find someone who will show up on time would be really helpful. I’m looking for a realtor, so I’ll have to consider how punctual they are.

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  27. Marcus Coons

    Thanks for mentioning how you need to ask a real state agent about their online presence before choosing one. It is important to remember that doing some research can help you find the best agent that knows how to get you the type of house you want. I can see how anyone looking into this would also want to take the time to check with the BBB in order to find the best and most efficient one in your area.

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  28. Deb Pearl

    Thank you for all the tips on how to choose the right realtor to sell a property. My husband and I really want to sell our home and we would love to have some help. I really like how you mentioned that we should ask when the last time they sold a home was. It would be nice to know if they have sold any homes recently.

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  29. Tammy Houston

    Although you didn’t really explain, I still appreciated it when you said that it is a good idea to make sure that the realtor that we’re going to hire is someone who consistently sells a home that falls in the same bracket as mine. That made me more eager to do my research and get a real estate agent who is reliable and amazing. I am planning to sell my home soon and of course, I want someone who can ascertain to help me sell ASAP. Thanks for sharing!

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  30. Juris Ainsworth

    It was great how you suggested making sure that the realtor that I will hire has a website as that will serve as their resume where I can find their experiences as well as the list of houses that they have sold. I will have to take note of this for when my parents decide to sell the home this year. It was good that I came across this article because we do not know the first thing about hiring a realtor. Thanks!

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  31. Gary Puntman

    I agree with what you said about how a realtor will help you sell your home smoothly. It will definitely cut back on a lot of stress. I’m sorry you ended up not pricing your home correctly. This can cost you a lot of money in some instances.

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  32. Margaux Ford

    You make a good point in explaining the benefit of hiring a top producer when hiring a real estate agents for selling a house because they move at least 80% of all the homes in any given area. My husband and I will be relocating to another country in three months, and we’re planning on selling our home. It’s good you mentioned that top producers will often know of listings before they hit the market and know of final sales prices before the official close of escrow to allow for better bidding and arbitrage. We’ll look for a reputable top real estate agent to help us in selling our home. Thanks for the tips!

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  33. Marcus Coons

    It helped a lot when you mentioned how you should look for a good real estate agent that has a good online presence. I understand that doing some research can help you find the best professional that can help with your house selling project. Personally, I would also want to take the time to read online reviews and ratings in order to find the best real estate agent in my area.

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  34. Ridley Fitzgerald

    We want to sell our home soon, so this is great. I love how you said to find someone who has sold a home in the recent past. It’d be nice to know we’re getting someone who can produce results.

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  35. Bethany Birchridge

    I liked how you mentioned that a good realtor will have a web presence and a list of their previous transactions. My friend has been thinking about buying a home, but it’s such a scary process for her. I think it’s vital to choose a realtor who will simplify and educate clients.

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  36. Earnest Watkins

    I am looking at hiring a realtor to help me sell my home soon. I think you made a good point how it’s important to look and see what kind of online presence a realtor has before hiring them. I’ll definitely look into this first so as to ensure I hire a realtor that can effectively market my home online.

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  37. Ridley Fitzgerald

    It’s good to know how to find a real estate agent. It makes sense that we’d want to hire someone who is a “top producer,” like you said. We want to buy a home in the near future, so I’ll start looking right now.

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  38. Earnest Watkins

    I really like your suggestion to go ahead an interview potential realtors to get an idea as to whether or not they’d be a good fit to sell your home. I like how you point out that this is also a good opportunity for an agent to give you a comprehensive plan of what they’ll do to sell your home. This would definitely help me feel more confident in my decision of who to hire to sell my home.

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  39. Sam Solo

    I didn’t know that associate broker could receive real estate licenses. I have been thinking about what I want to do for work in the future and I am considering something with the housing market and flipping properties. From your information, it sounds like a very lucrative field and lands you some healthy commissions.

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  40. Kyle Wayne

    I’m glad you talked about how a professional should have a consistent flow of homes for sale. My best friend is looking to move out of state with his wife so he’s looking to hire real estate agents to help them out. I think I will talk to him about finding a professional who is consistently selling.

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  41. Kayla

    I didn’t know that’s important to know how many houses did the realtor already sold. My parents are planning to sell the house and buy a smaller one. My aunt suggested having a realtor to help them and shared this article with them.

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  42. Hannah Neilson

    I agree that you would want to find a realtor who has sold homes in the last six months. Finding someone who is experienced and who is active would help as well. My brother needs help selling his home, so he’ll have to find someone who is active in the market.

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  43. Jaque Christo

    Thank you for the advice for choosing the right realtor to sell a property. I like the idea to ask when they last sold a property. That way you know right away if it’s been awhile or if they are fresh off their most recent sale and ready for more.

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  45. Braden Bills

    I want to get my home sold, but I’m not sure what to do for it. It makes sense that I would want to get a professional to help with that! I’ll be sure to choose one that does a good job at listening to me.

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  46. Larry Weaver

    Thanks for the tip to find a real estate agent that has sold a home within the past six months in order to find someone that can really help you in selling your home. I feel that it is time to move out from where I currently live and experience a new landscape of neighbors and environment by moving out. By finding someone that has a lot of experience in selling homes, I hope to be able to move to a new location quickly.

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  47. Braden Bills

    I’m trying to get my home sold, but I’m not sure how to go about it. It makes sense that I would want to find a real estate agent that has good charisma! That way I know that I’ll be able to get along with them.

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  48. Bobby Saint

    I like that you provided some good tips on how to choose the right real estate agent to help you with selling your property such as asking when was the last he sold a home. This is important because you wanted to find out if the agent has the skills and if he is consistently able to close a deal. If the agent tells you that he has not sold a single one in the last six months, then this could be a red flag for you. You may also want to ask for references from friends and family. They may be able to recommend one whom they have worked with before and were very happy with the service. If I were to hire one, I would make sure to take this into account. Thanks.

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  49. Gloria Durst

    I agree that finding out how many homes a realtor has sold in the past would be good. This would tell you how productive they are as well. My cousin is looking for someone to help sell her home, so she’ll have to find someone with a good production record.

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  50. Jordan

    I’ve been wanting to get some help selling my home to make the process a little easier. I’m glad you talked about choosing a realtor to help with selling, and how you want someone with an online presence. I’m going to have to look for some good options and see if we can get our home sold!

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  51. Becca Holton

    I really like that idea of asking for both their strengths and weaknesses. They would seem more reliable to me if they were honest about where their weakness lies. It would also provide me with a better idea of whether I can hire the agent or not.

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  52. Alexandria Martinez

    My mother has been seriously looking into buying a new home from real estate listings and selling the old one. She believes in having a realtor for this process but needs some help finding one. I think it would be a good idea for her to look at the agent’s integrity and online presence.

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  53. Cameron Bennett

    I like that you mention that a good realtor should have a consistent flow of homes for sale. It’s important to do good research into a prospective realtor because you need to make sure that you hire one that is trustworthy and has the right expertise. My husband and I will be moving soon and looking for a new house, so these are really helpful tips.

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  54. Kayla

    My parents want to sell their property. My aunt sent them this article to help them choose. She wants to emphasize the things that they need to remember about choosing the right realtor.

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    This is some really good information about real estate and how to choose one for your house hunt. I have been wanting to buy my first home for a while now. so, I should probably find a good realtor to help me. I liked what you suggested about seeing if they have a good presence on the web. That does seem like it would help a lot in the real estate market.

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    My mother will be moving soon and I’d really love her to find a real estate agent to help her through the process. You mentioned that you should check to see if they have a web presence, as it is a good way to see a lot of their information immediately, and what their resume looks like. I’ll have to search online for a real estate agent that can help my mother through this sometimes complicated process.

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  61. Olivia Nelson

    I like your idea on asking when the last time a realtor has sold a home. I would imagine that finding someone who has sold a home in the last six months would probably be ideal. My husband and I are looking to sell our house so we’ll have to find someone who has sold one recently to help us out.

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  62. Olivia Nelson

    I like your idea on asking a realtor the last time they sold a home to see how proficient they are. I would imagine that if they have sold one or more homes in the last six months that would be a good sign that they know what they are doing. My husband and I are moving because of his job so when it comes to buying a new home we’ll have to find a realtor that makes a lot of sales to represent us.

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  63. Sarah Smith

    My husband and I are thinking about buying our first home. Thanks for the information about how you should get a realtor that has sold a house recently and has a consistent flow of houses that they deal with. Another thing to consider is to get a realtor to help you that you like and get along with, so as to make communication easier.

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  64. Johnny McCarron

    I really like your advice to ask about the last time they sold a home. You really want to be sure that you are getting someone with not just experience, but recent, good experience. Otherwise, you might wind up with something that isn’t quite as good as you could have possibly had. Do you have any other tips about choosing a realtor? I’m thinking about getting a home soon, and I want to make sure I choose the right person for the job.

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  65. Shad Morris

    A friend of mine is new to selling a house, and was thinking about hiring a realtor to help him out. I never knew that you should look and see when the last time they sold a house was. It would be nice to see what house it was, and how long ago it happened.

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  66. Kate Hansen

    I think hiring a realtor to help me sell my house will make the whole process quicker and leave me less stressed. I like how you point out that you should ask your realtor how long it has been since they sold a home. If they haven’t sold a home in a while, that might be a good sign that they are a little rusty and you should look for another one. Thanks for your tips!

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  67. Olivia Nelson

    I like your advice on looking for the web presence of a realtor. I would imagine that if 80% of properties are found online you would want to find a realtor that will be able to navigate the internet. My husband and I are looking for a new home so when we go to hire a real estate agent we should find one that has a solid online presence.

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  68. Jeff

    Excellent advice! Always get a good realtor to help you out.

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  69. judy wilson

    I need to rely on a good realtor when finding the right home for me to live in, so I should listen to your tips for what I should look for in an agent. Asking about their last experience with selling a home seems like a good way for me to determine how active they are with their client base and how their selling experience usually goes. I would like a good experience with buying my first home, so I should use this information to find the right agent that can facilitate that.

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  70. Lillian Schaeffer

    These are some great tips, and I appreciate your advice to interview your realtor so you can judge their character. My husband and I are going to be selling our home at the beginning of next year, so we need to find good professional help to get that done. We’ll definitely interview a few realtors so we can see how well they communicate and things like that. Thanks for the great post!

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  71. Bob Lowe

    Thanks for the post. I like the idea to go with the top producer. Like you said, the top 20% or realtors move at least 80% of the homes in any given area. I think that is pretty impressive. I think if you really want to sell your home as well as get the best price for it, choosing the top realtors can really help with that.

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  72. Bob Lowe

    Thanks for the post. I agree that if you want results you should not waste time with low producing realtors. I think you need to find the top producer that will give you the result you need. I think that you will pay more for them, but you will most likely get more from them.

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    It makes sense that hiring the top producer could bring good results. I’m sure that with their extra knowledge and skills, getting your property sold would be way easier. My husband and I have some property we would like to sell, so when we look for a real estate agent I will choose the top producer for the best results.

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    Very good advice! One way of ensuring that you’re choosing an agent/realtor who won’t give you headaches in the long run is their website. Check what guarantees they have for service satisfaction.

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  80. Ray White Property Management Bunbury

    Agents are supposed to make our lives easier while selling our home. So we should hire the right one. Thank you for sharing your experience and insights.

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  82. OWNit Conveyancing

    Great article and very helpful for those in search of a great realtor. Realtors offer the same steps and processes. What makes one stand out is the level of service extended to clients. Savvy realtors will make the whole process smooth giving a buyer or seller a stress free experience.

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  84. Steve

    Did you really say you are upset because your realtor didn’t get you on his tennis team? And that’s why he’s a bad realtor? Sounds pretty lame…
    What about things like: 1) knowledge of state, local and federal tax credits, deductions, loan and grant programs? Colorado has some fantastic tax CREDITS that 90% of realtors and mortgage lenders I’ve talked to don’t even know about 2) Asking questions like who will pay to clean my home if you’re selling and/or will you hire a professional stager to tell me how to stage it? Some realtors make you pay, while others will pay for it themselves 3) I’ve heard from more than one realtor “going with a top producer” means they often try and sell your home for less than market value just to move it quickly 4) And lastly “the realtor should have a web presence with… some pretty graphs” Really?
    It sounds like you’re just looking at a lot of surface stuff, which, while important, ignores a lot of the hardcore questions that would save you potentially tens of thousands of dollars…

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    • Financial Samurai

      What’s lame is not having someone 100% in your corner. If someone isn’t in your corner, and you’re going to fork over over $50,000 in commissions, that person is out.

      At the end of the day, the Realtor is providing a service. This is a service and relationship business. Do share with us your home selling and buying experience too. Everyone’s is different.

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  85. BARBARA FRIEDBERG

    Sam, It pays to spend some time getting a top agent in the beginning. Having decades of real estate experience, I agree that the correct pricing is foremost, but a top realtor makes the entire process quicker and more expedient.

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