With so many real estate agents promoting themselves through billboards, yard signs, and online ads finding the right one can be a bit overwhelming. And finding the right agent to help you with your real estate venture is a must-have. Whether you’re selling a home or are a first-time home buyer, let us help you weave through the noise with these 5 tips to help you spot the right agent.
1) Word of Mouth
Reading testimonials from an agent’s past clients is a good starting point to understanding the impression they have left on others and what you might expect for yourself. Finding out how long a home was on the market and how smooth the process went can give you great insight on an agent’s expertise and commitment. Finding an agent with many recommendations is a step in the right direction.
2) Look through listings
Spotting the right agent depends a lot on their listings. Do they have listings in the same neighborhood you are looking to move into? Also, it’s important to be mindful of how many listings an agent has. You want an agent who has listings (that represents a healthy business) but you don’t want an agent with too many listings as you can be a number for them instead of a person.
3) Ask Questions
When it comes to spotting the right agent you want someone who knows the market. The right agent will know about houses in your area, how much they sold for, and give you recommendations on similar houses nearby. Finding an agent whose informed will be able to provide you with the best options.
4) Online presence
Take a look at your agent’s website. The time and investment they took to make a well-designed functional website for their listings can correlate to how dedicated they will be to helping you. Additionally, most people use the internet at one point or another to search for listings. So, why shouldn’t you have an agent who is savvy with the online market?
5) Make a decision
Once you have run through your checklist it is time to pick an agent. Remember to factor experience into your decision making. And if you are looking into Torrance, Palos Verdes, Lomita, San Pedro, or Walteria then The Lockwood Team are the experts you need. With over 175 properties sold in Walteria and Victoria Knolls alone! Let them help be a part of your home buying experience.