Is Your Realtor A Good Partner For Your Property Shopping?
Blog by Ray Smiley | May 2nd, 2014
When you need to buy a house, you will always find it a lot easier to work with a realtor as compared to going through the process alone. In fact, if you end up with a high quality one, you might not need to do any work at all. Such realtors will go through the process of helping you figure out which type of property to get, and then do the legwork as far as getting such property is concerned. When a realtor is in the picture, the only role you will have is telling them what you want and then sitting back and waiting.
However, how easy this is depends on the quality of the realtor, so this is something that you should never take for granted. Some of the ways of knowing that you are dealing with a high quality one include:
If they have been winning awards in the past
There are some real estate firms that have all sorts of awards in their name, and these are the ones that you should look out for when you want to have an easy time with the house hunting process. Such awards should be thought of as endorsements either from peers, customers or other professional bodies.
Real estate agents usually get accreditation to show that they provide a service that is above a certain standard. It is not necessary for them to have such accreditation to be licensed. However, the fact that these credentials are usually associated with very stringent requirements by the bodies that provide them means that if you ever came across a realtor who had any of them, you would be sure that they would do a very good job. Standard accreditations vary from country to country, but some of the most popular ones in the United States include the Certified Residential Specialist, the Accredited Buyer’s Representative and the Seniors Real Estate Specialist. Each of these credentials have different requirements in order for a realtor to get them.
How long have they been in business?
Another variable you can use to determine whether working with a particular realtor is worth it or not is how long they have been in the business. There are many advantages of working with a realtor who has been in business for long. These include the fact that they are likely to be more experienced, have deeper market penetration and also have wider portfolios. The combination of all these factors means that when you work with them, you are likely to find the property that you need more easily.
In summary, you should not think that all the realtors out there provide more or less the same service. There is a very big difference between the best and the rest, which is why you need to make an effort to find a quality one if you are to have an easy time finding the property you need. This is easier than it sounds, and is definitely worth it in the end.