What to have in mind when looking for a good real estate agent
There are certain features and attributes that every sales agent should have, and there are also some which are specifically important to those people who perform the duties of what we like to call real estate agents. Selling something is an art, and people involved in selling something as big as house need to be deeply in love with this process in order to become successful in this highly competitive business. Real estate trading is very demanding and needs to be taken seriously, which makes it very hard, if not completely impossible, for an ordinary person to sell or buy a house without the welcoming hand of a sales person. Of course, they are usually not helping for free, since this is their job after all, but they are very important in today’s fast and energetic way of life, and the role that they play in the whole trading process is in most cases essential for a complete transaction to happen.
Real estate agents have several duties and responsibilities, but the general definition of what an agent actually is says that this is the person authorized by the state/province to perform the role of a link between a buyer and a seller in a transaction of a given property. This over-simplified phrase is not fair on the real estate agents, since they have a lot more elements to deal with in their daily activities. For instance, it is in the general job description of the real estate agent to find suitable pieces of land or houses for his or her clients, or to find a good potential buyers, to show them the property, give tours, explain any miniature detail, know everything about the neighborhood and the local area of the property in question, negotiate adequate prices and make deals, and so on. Evidently, this highly demanding position has a lot of requirements, and that makes it extremely important and responsible.
That is the reason why new and inexperienced clients should do as much research as possible when looking for a new real estate agent, i.e. when they decide that they want to sell/buy a house or a piece of land. Immediately from the start they should cross out any agents who do this as a part-time job, since that is not a good option for most clients, and they also can discard all names and persons that are not experts in their local area. Real estate industry is known for its tendency to be very localized, so agents that are not familiar with any good/bad aspects of your new neighborhood are not the ones that you need.
What you do need, most people in any case, is a real estate agent who is experienced, smart, savvy, efficient and eloquent, a person who can listen to your needs and ideas but who can tell you clearly what would be the best course of actions. Good real estate agents are licensed and come with awards and promotions attached to their name, and with good recommendations from professionals and people who have already worked with them, and this is something what clients should always look for in a good real estate agent.