Choosing the right realtor is one of the most important decisions you will make and one that should not be taken lightly.  That’s why we at M&D Real Estate Group compiled a foolproof list to help you find the perfect match.  This will help you understand what to look for in a realtor and the questions you need to be asking. 

Define What You Hope To Accomplish 

The best way to achieve a goal is to figure out what exactly your goal means.  For example, if you know in the future you want to sell your house, figure out what that looks like.  Is the future in 6 months or a year?  Is there a deadline of when your house needs to be sold?  A defined goal will sound something like this “In the next year, I plan to find a realtor to work with and sell my house for X amount so I can move to X.”  Creating a statement like this will clearly define the desired results and your motivation which can be forgotten all too often.  

Look at the Local Market 

Once you have a clear, defined goal, it is best to look at comparable properties in your current or desired area.  This will give you an idea of the demand for a property like yours and insight into the local market.  If you are unsure about the value of your property it is best to get a valuation from a credible agent.  Most agents will do this service for free. In addition, pay attention the firms/realtors listing the properties as firms with trusted reputations in the community tend to hold the most listings.  These firms are a great place to start, especially since they have experience selling properties similar to yours in the area. 

Get A Referral 

If possible, try to get a referral from friends, family, and co-workers.  More often than not they will know someone in the area or even have worked with them. 

Interview Agents and Ask Questions 

When you have compiled a small list of possible agents/firms (ideally 3-5), it is time to set up interviews.  These initial meetings are the time to find out who the realtor is and what they can do for you.  This means asking questions that clarify their skill, experience, and competency when it comes to helping you buy or sell.   

Potential Questions: 

  • How many years of experience do you have? 

  • Have you helped buy/sell similar homes? 

  • Do you work with buyers and sellers? 

  • What does a usual timeline look like for you? 

  • Do you have references I can contact? 

  • What makes you or your company different then competitors? 

A trustworthy agent should be able to easily answer all of these questions and provide examples.  If an agent is newer or is unable to answer these questions they may not be the best fit for your needs. 

Compare Realtors and Choose The Best Fit 

After you have finished with interviewing you have an important decision to make.  If there is no clear winner, look back at the information learned in interviews and references.  Overall, your pick should understand your needs, expectations, and have the ability to deliver.