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Posted by Century 21 North East - Norton Group RE on 12/1/2019

There are a lot of real estate agents out there to choose from. It might be hard to tell one from another. There’s so many ways to find an agent these days including recommendations from friends and family to simple online searches. You want an agent that understands your needs from the neighborhoods that you’re looking to buy a home in, to the layout of the market that you’re selling in. Each agent has different specialties from relocation needs to foreign languages to FHA approved property searches. Below, you’ll find some tips to help you find the perfect realtor for you. 


Pick Someone Who You Can Have Straight Talk With


You’ll need to like the person you pick as your realtor, but you’ll also need someone who you can talk business with. You don’t want a family member who you don’t feel comfortable knowing your financial picture, or someone who won’t understand your desire for a certain location or neighborhood. 


Match Your Personality


You’ll be in touch with and will be spending a lot of time with your realtor. You want to find a realtor who can work well with you. Match your personality with theirs. Do you like someone who is a bit aggressive? Would you rather have a realtor who is a bit more easy-going? How often do you want to be in touch with your agent? Just remember that if you don’t like your agent, there’s a good chance that other people may not like your agent either! 


The Choice Is Yours


Remember that the choice is yours when you’re looking for a realtor. You want to find a realtor who you know you’ll work well with. You also want to know that your realtor will work for you. It’s important that your realtor be ethical, communicative, and be a part of your team throughout the process of buying and selling. Here’s some questions that you should ask your realtor in order to help you understand if they’re a good fit for you:


  • Will I be working with you exclusively?
  • Are you a full or a part-time agent?
  • How much experience do you have?
  • What broker do you work for?
  • Have you closed homes in this neighborhood before?
  • Do you work with any lenders or have a seasoned team to help us through this process?

  • Asking these questions can help you to get a better understanding of who your realtor is and how they can help you to buy your dream home or sell your current property. This way, you’ll have a better idea of what to expect throughout the process.





Posted by Century 21 North East - Norton Group RE on 3/26/2017

Studies have shown that people tend to make decisions -- both trivial and life-changing -- based on emotional factors, rather than on hard, cold facts. Whether you're buying a car, hiring an employee, picking a college, or selecting a real estate agent, there will probably be a lot of feelings that come into play as you weigh all the pluses and minuses. When it comes to choosing a real estate agent or Realtor®, first impressions and "chemistry" play a major role in the decision. While good rapport is a key ingredient in a successful relationship with a real estate agent, it is necessary to strike a balance between the agent's likability and their performance record. For example, when meeting with prospective real estate agents, it is considered appropriate to ask questions about how long they've been licensed, whether or not real estate is their full-time job, and any professional designations or certifications they've acquired. It's a good sign when real estate agents show a commitment to honing their skills and expanding their expertise. There are about two dozen potential certifications that The National Association of REALTORS® and other organizations offer -- ranging from being an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) to being a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES®). Guidelines For Choosing a Realtor Here are a few more "talking points" to keep in mind when interviewing real estate agents or Realtors.

  • Experience: The length of time they've been in the real estate business and the number of clients they've represented in the past year can be useful points of reference in comparing qualifications.
  • Knowledge: Your initial meeting should reveal a lot to you about the agent's familiarity with the local housing market and their comfort level with topics like mortgage providers, the application process, property inspections, closing costs, and marketing strategies for your property.
  • Track record: A couple useful pieces of information you can request are examples of how long their listings have stayed on the market before being sold and how much the final sale price differed from the initial asking price.
  • Availability and communication style: Although you certainly wouldn't want to be an agent's only client, it's nice to feel that you're among their top priorities. While it might be unrealistic to expect daily progress reports, you do want to hear from them on a regular basis. Responsiveness is also the mark of a superior real estate agent. Let's face it: Selling a house or looking for a new home can be stressful enough, without having to wonder if your agent is looking out for your best interests and providing you with top-notch service. Key takeaway: Asking them how long they typically take to respond to phone messages and emails is a good question to raise in your first meeting.
The ideal way to find a personable and results-oriented real estate professional is by getting recommendations from your family, friends, or trusted acquaintances. If that's not possible, it's acceptable to ask agents for phone numbers or email addresses of two or three recent clients who could be contacted as references. You'll generally find home sellers and buyers to be pretty candid about their experience with a particular real estate agent or Realtor.





Posted by Century 21 North East - Norton Group RE on 10/13/2013

Did you know that 87% of potential home buyers start their home search online? More and more of us are shopping online today and it is important that your home stand out from the crowd of homes for sale. When interviewing potential real estate professionals ask about how they will advertise your home online. Here are a few questions to ask about online advertising... 1. Do you have a website? 2. Do you feature properties for sale on your website? 3. Can potential buyers inquire about homes for sale on your website? 4. Do you leverage social media to advertise homes for sale? If so, what social media do you use? 5.  Do you use video marketing? 6. Do you have a mobile website? 7. Do you have school and community information available online? 8. How often is the information on your website updated? 9. Is your online advertising professionally designed? 10. Will potential buyers be able to schedule a showing online?