Whether you’re buying or selling a home, choosing the right real estate agent is key. It’s important to select one who meets your individual needs, as a successful purchase or sale requires both mutual respect and trust.
To help you make an informed decision, take Network Real Estate’s advice and follow these steps when choosing a real estate agent:
Research Credentials and Experience
Ensure the agent you’re considering is licensed by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission (NCRE), first and foremost. Keep in mind that Realtors are members of the National Association of Realtors, while real estate agents are licensed by the state. You should do a Google search for the prospective agent and visit any professional websites, personal websites and social media profiles that appear in search results. If you’re able to view past work experience, you can also contact previous employers to inquire about their level of expertise, work ethic and more. It’s always a good idea to ask the prospective agent the same questions to make sure the information you’ve researched matches their answers. Honesty is the first step in a trusting, successful agent-client relationship.
Contact Recent Clients
In the process of selecting your agent, ask potential candidates for a list of properties they’ve sold in the last six months, recent clients’ contact information, or both. Reach out to these folks and gauge their level of satisfaction with the individual you’re considering. Ask them questions about their overall experience, such as:
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