Did you know there are over 1 million real estate agents in this country? That's a lot of people to choose from. No matter where you live, you have the choice of dozens if not hundreds of real estate agents in a particular area, so why should anyone pick a particular one over another?
It all comes down to experience.
With years of experience in the real estate industry, I not only know the market and the business but I know the area as well. Knowing a particular area and specializing in the communities, neighborhoods and individual subdivisions in that town makes you an expert at negotiating for the right terms, understanding how the homes are built, and helping buyers and sellers get the price that they want to.
Communication is also a big key.
You want to know how the real estate agent will communicate with you. There's nothing worse than listing your property with a real estate agent and the never hearing from them again. You shouldn't have to contact your real estate agent over and over to find out updates on the listing or if they have new homes free to look at if you are a buyer. They should because silly in contact with you on new listings, any activity on your listing if you're a seller, and a choose your mode of communication, whether it be phone, text, email or in person.
Negotiation skills are also highly important when choosing a real estate agent.
Does the agent have negotiation skills, certifications in negotiation or been trained to know how to negotiate for your terms and your price? This is huge whether you are a buyer or a seller. You want to make sure that your needs and priorities come first. Trying to close on a certain date? Really want to take another $5000 off? Looking to take the appliances with you? All of these things take negotiating tactics and find an agent that specializes in negotiations can help you get exactly what you want.
Knowing how your home will be marketed.
Any real estate agent with the license can put a home on the local MLS. A skilled, excellent and trained agent will not only do that but will market it to a variety of buyers agents, in person, in print and online through various social media and online marketing strategies. All of these factors need to play into whether the right buyer sees your home or not.
Understand how to price the home.
This goes without saying that any real estate agent or broker that is going to list a home should know how to price at home. Being a real estate agent in Portland for years puts me in an excellent position to know exactly how to price your home to get the right buyers in the door as quickly as possible. You don't want to underprice your home and you certainly don't want to sit on the market any longer than you have to. Staging, preparing and pricing your home correctly the first time is really the key to getting the right offer.
When it comes to pricing, buying, staging, or trusting your real estate agent, you have to go with the experience and skills of someone that understands you, the area and the market. When you're ready to buy or sell anywhere in Portland or Vancouver give me a call today.