Emma Maxwell 2017-01-02 08:00:00
If you are trying to sell your home, or if you are looking to move into your dream neighborhood with your family, hiring an experienced real estate agent might be one of your priorities. But what if instead of hiring the first good real estate agent you find, you searched for the best one in the neighborhood?
Here are a few tips to make sure you will be hiring a great real estate agent that will know how to turn your next transaction into a satisfying experience.
Keep an eye out for ads in the newspapers or on local TV, and for any prospecting postcard in your mail box. This will help you learn about the real estate agents who work in your neighborhood, or in the one you would like to move to.
You need to know the names of the agents everyone is talking about in the neighborhood, so you know you will be working with a top agent to sell or buy your home.
You should of course choose an agent who is knowledgeable of the real estate market trends, but nothing will beat an agent who knows everything there is to know about the neighborhood as well.
Choosing a real estate agent who actually lives in your neighborhood or in the one you want to move to is the best way to ensure great service from someone who not only cares about this community, but is an active part of it.
You should try to learn more about the experience of any potential real estate agent, but you should also ask them at least a few questions about the neighborhood they work in. If they work and live in this neighborhood, they should care enough about it to be able to recommend you local inspectors, mortgage lenders and home renovation contractors.
They should also be able to tell you about the best restaurants, hair salons, dry cleaners, and other service providers in the neighborhood. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about the neighborhood itself. Are the streets well maintained? Are there moments when there is a lot of noise and traffic? Is the neighborhood a safe place for your children?
Since you are looking for a real estate agent who knows your neighborhood and maybe even lives in it, it’s safe to assume that this agent is easy to reach when you need their help or when you have a question for them. But is it really the case?
If an agent responds to your emails or to your phone calls promptly, you know you will always be receiving great service. If on the other hand you feel like an agent is never available to help you, you should search for someone else.
This doesn’t mean that your real estate agent should become your best friend in the neighborhood. It simply means that the agent you choose to help you sell or buy your home should be someone you feel comfortable with, and someone you know you can trust and turn to for helpful advice and insight.
If you feel like you would be more than happy to recommend the services of your neighborhood real estate agent to a friend or a neighbor, you have certainly found the right person to take care of your real estate needs.