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So how good is your Real Estate Agent?

When choosing an agent to represent you what should you be looking for? Professionalism, integrity, skill yes they should exhibit all of these but what else?

Is your agent working at this full-time? Do they know the market and the price bracket you are budgeting? What I mean by this is that one township can have very different markets at different price points. For example in our own township the statistics show that homes priced below $400,000 are in short supply and the market is still a seller's market as there is a shortage of homes in this price range. But homes priced over $1 million are in over supply which means that it is a buyers market. In fact if you examine each township around us in different price brackets you will get different results. Does your agent know this or are they just telling you that it is a buyers market because that is what the national press says? How many homes do you need to loose before you realize they do not know the market. Do they even know how to put this information together for you and explain it to you?

Can your agent recommend a selection of mortgage brokers and bankers, home inspectors, plumbers, electricians and contractors? Can they recommend a good restaurant for a special occassion? Do they know interior designers or stagers? What about if you need some one to plow snow? In other words are they a local expert or just an order taker having no real interest in providing a high level of service to their clients.

How experienced is your agent, are they comfortable explaining the paperwork and the process to you? Do they have support if needed? What happens if they or a family member get sick? Will someone else cover for them or will you get dropped and forgotten?

How good is your agent at listening and answering your questions? Do they talk and never ask you questions? Are they interested in what you like and dislike about a house? Do they show you different houses or do they just show you the same thing over and over, even when you have said this is not what you are looking for?

How good are they at communicating with you? Do they even ask what is the best method or do they presume how they will communicate with you?

What diffentiates your agent from everyone else? Do they have testimonials? Can you talk to previous customers of theirs?

These are just some of what you should be considering when choosing an agent? What is important to you?

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Comment balloon 3 commentsNick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 • May 20 2008 03:44PM


Hi Nick~ great advice! If all consumers checked their agent out with this list there would be very few of us working!

Posted by Lisa Ryan, Selling Princeton,West Windsor and Montgomery Town (Callaway Henderson Sotheby's International Realty) about 11 years ago

Very nice checklist for folks to utlize in choosing Agents.  Have a great week Nick!

Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) about 11 years ago

Lisa and Jason Thanks for the comments. This post came out of some emails between a prospect and myself. When we met and I presented her with the Consumer notice she mentioned she had never seen one of these before although she had met many other realtors at Open Houses and listed homes and talked with them about what she was hoping to find. She decided to look elsewhere than the property I showed her, but she mentioned that another agent was sending her information and she was not sure who to use. I said it was her choice but it started me thinking what do prospects think about before selecting an agent to use as their buyer's agent.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) about 11 years ago

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