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Top Ten Suggestions for Selecting a Real Estate Agent

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In order to find a real estate broker or agent who meets your needs and makes your buying or selling experience a positive one, Century 21 Real Estate Corporation recommends you:

  • DO NOT blindly walk into or call a neighborhood firm and ask for an agent at random.
  • Ask friends and family for recommendations.
  • Interview several real estate agents:
    • Find out their history with the brokerage, their experience and background.
    • Gauge their knowledge of your favorite towns.
    • Ask for a list of previous clients and their phone numbers.
      • Pay attention to whether a potential agent is listening closely to what you say.
        • Is he or she asking follow-up questions which prompt further explanation and help him or her understand exactly your needs and wants?
          • Give a potential agent the opportunity to educate you.
            • A good agent should walk a customer through the buying or selling process before ever showing properties or discussing a specific transaction.
              • Have a good idea of what you expect from an agent and communicate those expectations.
                • How often do you want to hear from your agent?
                • Do you want to hold meetings at your house rather than the real estate office?
                  • Weigh the benefits of working with an experienced agent versus a novice.
                    • An experienced agent may have more insight, but a new agent may have innovative ideas or more energy and time.
                      • Find an agent who complements your personality.
                        • If you like to start your day at 7:00 a.m., don't choose an agent who arrives to the office at 10:00 a.m.
                        • If your preferred method of communication is e-mail, don't choose an agent whose most advanced technology is a fax machine.
                          • Evaluate the agent's firm and/or office.
                            • Look for a real estate organization whose agents can empower you with real estate expertise and resources and provide first-rate customer service.
                              • Look for an agent who will be your partner.
                                • Find someone you trust, who will give you the facts, help you make intelligent, well-informed decisions and work with you throughout the entire process.
                                  • About The Author

                                    W. Troy Swezey is the author of "Top Ten Suggestions for Selecting a Real Estate Agent." As a Realtor at Century 21 Paul & Associates, he has helped many individuals with their real estate needs. Visit his web site to download his free e-book, "REAL ESTATE SECRETS EXPOSED." or mail to:

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