The Brief Guide That Makes Choosing and Hiring a Realtor Simple

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Does thinking about hiring a realtor gives you a headache?

How many of your neighbors and friends have handed you their business card? Chances are, you’ve got quite a few. It seems everyone and their uncle is a real estate agent nowadays.

How do you sift through the endless sea of licensed agents and find one that’s the right fit for you?

It can be a stressful task without any guidance. And deciding to work with the wrong one can be just as stressful!

But don’t worry! We’re here for you. Here are 8 quick tips to show you how to choose a real estate broker.

A Crash Course in Hiring A Realtor

  1. Availability– In a hot market when you are buying or selling, you need to have an agent that has time for you or you will miss out on some good houses
  2. Market Knowledge– Look for an agent that specializes in the area you want to buy or sell in and knows the market stats
  3. Experience– An experienced agent can help to get your home sold faster and also offer you a network of other professionals (mortgage lenders, home inspectors, etc.) to help with whatever you may need throughout the process
  4. Resources– Hiring a realtor who understands the whole picture is critical when dealing with things like financing, contracts, contingencies, and addendums
  5. New Marketing: Social Media– Marketing your house has changed to the point where you need an agent who has an active, professional presence on social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn
  6. The agent sells real estate full time– Finding an agent who sells houses full-time means they will have more time to work on your home, and they’ve been successful enough-and been successful long enough-at it not to need another part-time job
  7. Ask your friends and family for suggestions– Agents who are good at what they can work on referral business alone, so someone you know may have worked with a rock star agent who can’t be found on the traditional marketing platforms.
  8. They are willing to listen– You can spot an agent who won’t listen to their customers from a mile away, and chances are they won’t fall in-line with any of the other 7 tips we’ve given you, but just be on the lookout for them!

Bringing it Home

Buying or selling a house is the biggest decision most people make in their lives because of the high price tag, and people are usually buying or selling in association with some other life event going on(having a baby, getting married, getting a new job, or downsizing because of an “empty nest”).

Here at Market Source Real Estate, we understand how complicated hiring a realtor can seem. We’re here to help and show you that it can be a simple, pain-free process.

We pride ourselves on putting our clients’ needs first and will answer any questions you have to help put your mind at ease.

This is your life, your house, and we want you to be 100% certain you’re in the best hands for the job.

Call Monique to get started, or subscribe to our blog to keep updated on what’s going on in Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas.

Yes. Buying a Home Can Be Stressful.

Yes. Buying a home can be stressful.

Hiring a professional to buy or sell a home is a good way to assist you in dealing with some of the stress points during a real estate transaction. Often times, buyers and sellers are unaware of all the possibilities that may come into play when purchasing a home or selling one. Your realtor is a trusted resource that will help you remain calm.

Here a just a few to consider:

 

  • Sometimes you will have to write many offers in our competitive market before you will secure a contract.

  • Sometimes home inspections do not go well and negotiating repairs can be stressful.

 

 

  • Sometimes closing gets delayed or there is an issue getting your keys once closing has occurred.

  • Often sellers may accidentally leave items at the home that are unexpected or leave the home less clean than anticipated. This can cause extra work to be needed before you may want to move in.

 

  • If you do not understand the home buying process well or your lender and/or real estate agent are not communicating consistently, it can leave you feeling out of the loop and anxious.

  • Feel free to constantly communicate with your agent and lender if it helps you feel at ease during the process. They really are such a valuable asset in so many ways.

 

Why You Should Work With a Realtor

Working with a realtor to buy or sell a home is not only a good idea, it will take most of the stress out of the process. From dealing with the financials to writing contracts that protect you in the transaction, working with a realtor is an important first step to having a successful sale.

10 Reasons why you should work with a realtor:

 

1. Hiring a realtor will ensure your property is listed at the right price, as a result it will help it sell faster.

 

2. Presenting your property in the best manner is also vital to the sale, from staging to pricing, a professional can help direct you in this process.

 

3. Exposure is key. Realtors work for you, ensuring that your property has the proper exposure, from open houses to social media.

4. Working with a professional will ensure your contacts are signed and initialed correctly so there are no hiccups at closing. Working with a realtor streamlines the entire closing process and allows you to just show up at a scheduled time.

5. A realtor will schedule showings and appointments to see the property, all while keeping you in the loop on any progress.

6. Hiring a realtor gives you the peace of mind knowing that a professional ‘has your back’ and is working diligently to meet your needs throughout the real estate transaction. Have questions on any part of the process? Your realtor is there to help.

7. Typically, higher price offers will be presented when working with a realtor, resulting in your property selling at top of the market.

 

8. Negotiations and inspection issues are addressed by the realtor, therefore taking that responsibility off of you.

 

9. Closings are sped up when working with a realtor.

 

10. A realtor will have current market knowledge, knowing what homes have sold for in the area, therefore ensuring you have it priced correctly.

3 Factors to Consider Before Choosing a Real Estate Agent

3 Factors to Consider Before Choosing a Real Estate Agent

Salt Lake City real estate market is thriving right now. The pandemic didn’t seem to affect much the real estate market here, unlike other states of our country that are going through a rough time. 

In an environment like that, a decent real estate agent should be easy to find, right? Wrong.

Just because you’re in a thriving market doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do your research. Every booming market has its share of subpar agents hoping to ride the wave to success. 

There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a real estate agent, and many traits to look for. We’ll talk about a few of them in this article.

1. Communication

The mark of any good business person is the ability to listen. Communication is key and everyone benefits. It’s much easier to sell to a client if you know what they want.

For instance, why are you buying the home? Are you moving into it, or is it an investment property? Your answers may change how the agent approaches and handles the case.

Nobody wants to live in a dirty, run-down house. However, if you’re looking to resell, it might not matter. You were likely planning to spruce up the home anyways and sell it at a profit.

But it’s about more than talking and listening. It’s about understanding how you communicate best. Most people prefer to text, email, or call on a cellphone when they want to reach someone.

You’ll need to be able to contact each other quickly. This will help you buy the house you want before someone else does.

2. Experience

Finding an agent with experience can give you a significant advantage. They know how the market works.

They can help you up the price of your current home, negotiate the price of a prospective home.

Experience also means that they’re good enough to keep their job. Even so, it’s best to ask questions before deciding on an agent.

How often do they make sales? Do their clients’ houses sell at a high price? Do they end up buying homes at a reasonable price?

3. Others Recommend Them

There’s usually nobody we trust more than our family and friends. They’ve done a lot for us, so when they offer advice, we pay attention to it. For this reason, they may be the best place to start when looking for real estate agents. 

It doesn’t have to be those close to you. Every opinion you can find may help. Read reviews and see what previous clients think of them.

Choosing a Real Estate Agent Who’s Right for You

Choosing a real estate agent can be difficult because a lot goes into finding the right one. We’ve offered some advice on what to look for in an agent, but there’s more to consider. You may want to do more research to make sure you’re prepared.

For more articles on real estate, especially in the Salt Lake City area, please visit our site. Are you thinking of buying a home in Salt Lake City? We’re here to help.