When the real estate market is a seller's market - you probably expect your house to sell very quickly, and hopefully with a LOT of offers. In fact, maybe you want to have an all out bidding war
5 Signs You Have An Awesome Real Estate Agent
Dated: November 13 2017
A busy Realtor is a good Realtor! Everyone should want an experienced agent who is going to get them the best deal possible—whether they are buying or selling. A good agent is going to be busy helping multiple clients and won’t be able to meet you in 5 minutes to see a house (usually). The agent that CAN drop everything and meet at the drop of a hat – is likely one that isn’t terribly busy. Not being busy is a bad sign. PLUS, you want to give the owners of the house time to pick up their underthings before you show up. Right? Bottom line: Great Realtors are committed to their clients and will do everything they can to make your real estate experience as smooth as possible. An experienced agent will be busy. Busy is good.
They know their stuff! Buying and selling houses comes with a lot of questions. Find an agent who can answer these questions or direct you to someone who can. There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to real estate and it’s important to have someone in your corner who can keep up with processes of this business. Naturally, we’re all human and no one knows everything, but if you hear too many, “I don’t knows”, that’s probably a bad sign. We recommend finding a Realtor that DOES know!
Reviews! Check out the reviews for the agents you are interested in. Real reviews by real people are hard to fake. See what other buyers and sellers experienced and compare it to what you’re looking for in a real estate agent. If there aren’t many reviews, it’s probably a bad sign. Or, maybe it’s a sign that agent isn’t really “in to technology” which is also a bad sign.
They know everyone – all the best service providers! As Realtors, we see all kinds of things from a leaky dishwasher to a sinkhole in the front yard (yikes). Here in Iowa we don’t see the sinkhole very often, thankfully! A good agent is going to know all the right people – and more importantly, all the WRONG people to call. Ask for recommendations. Your agent should be able to give you several recommendations, both good and bad, for service providers. It’s a good sign that they 1. Have a lot of experience and 2. Know their stuff! It could also be a sign they know how to use Google, so don’t rely on just this one point to qualify the agent.
Go with your gut! Of course all of these items are important when it comes to finding a great real estate agent. But, none of them matter if you don’t jive with the person who is going to walk next to you in one of the biggest decisions you can make. If something seems off, or sketchy, move on. You don’t have to be best friends with them – but you do need to trust that they’re going to be looking out for YOUR best interests. It’s a huge purchase, one that’s done only a few times in a lifetime (on average) and you deserve someone to have YOU be the priority, right? Right!
In the competitive Des Moines market, Heather Wright combines client-focused service, innovative marketing techniques, and a decade of experience to make sure that your buying or selling experience is....