Real Estate Agents
How do you know you have the right one?.
What should I look for?
The things you want to look for in the Best Real Estate Agent is:
Responsive: Do they answer the phone and if not do they promptly return your call.
Web Site: Do they have one or do you need to find out everything by phone or in person. I always look for a web site that does NOT require me to give up my email or phone number right off the bat. I look for a web site that has lots of information, Allows me to search for property in the area, provides some information on the neighborhoods locally, and by looking at the web site I can tell they know the area.
Office: Most states require agents to have an office but not all. While it is great that an agent will meet me at a local coffee shop at some point we will need to look at property online. Some agents are high speed and can do screen sharing, and of course set up a search for you that drops email after email in you in box for you to look through; at some point you and your agent will need to absolutely be on the same page and nothing beets looking them in the eye.
Ability to do e-sign: To make things go smooth once you start to email back and forth putting in offers you will need to be able to "quickly" sign documents to email back and forth. signing online in today's market is a must.
Friendly: You need someone who really cares about your needs in property and can adjust the searches based on a good back and forth dialogue. So someone willing to talk AND listen is the best realtor.
Motivated: Goes along with responsive; many are great to get you signed up then slack off, you want the one who is constantly giving you updates (Before you have to ask) OR also knows when to slow done if you need to (Like don't call me at work unless I really need to act right away).
Knowledge: If you are a first time buyer you need someone to walk you through the steps one by one and to make sure you know what to expect. If you are an old hand at buying you still need good market analysis, access to local market trends (easy to find national trends in any investment mag, online web pages, or blogs) .
Access online: Do they have a blog with good info, do they share good pieces of advice right there on their web site or have links to experts. I always appreciate good information backed up by a good link.