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How to Select the RIGHT Real Estate Agent

Reggie Resper

Hi, I'm Reggie Resper, a licensed Realtor in Illinois and Missouri...

Hi, I'm Reggie Resper, a licensed Realtor in Illinois and Missouri...

Sep 18 4 minutes read

Selecting the right Realtor to represent you is a huge factor in a smooth real estate transaction. Many of us have experienced the stresses of moving and purchasing or selling a home. It can be challenging at times. That is why having an agent whom you trust can help you feel at ease and guide you through the process. Here are four things to consider when choosing your real estate agent. 

1.  Is the agent someone whom you can trust?

Trust is an important factor. After all, we’re talking about one of the largest financial decisions people make in their lives. You want to be assured you collaborate with an agent who is looking out for your wants and needs rather than concerning themselves with their next commission check. It can be hard to determine how much you can trust someone after a first appointment. That’s why we recommend doing a little research. Read an agent’s reviews on Zillow and Google to see what other clients have said about him or her. Ask the agent for references. Trusting that your agent is looking out for your needs and not his or hers allows you to focus on what’s important: accomplishing your goals in the real estate transaction.

2.  Does the agent know how to negotiate?

Having a strong negotiator is important to any real estate transaction, because it’s not just about getting what you want for a house.  A strong negotiator who understands the process can help educate you so that you feel confident in your investment decisions. An agent who has a strong understanding of the real estate market will be able to guide you through negotiating inspections and an appraisal to create the best possible scenario. There are many factors when it comes to negotiations, so having someone to help uncover the reasonings behind the other’s actions can help strengthen your position. 

3.  Did you get a chance to interview multiple agents?

This may sound like a daunting task, but interviewing a few different agents can help you feel confident that you have picked the right person. Your agent will become a daily part of your life for the next 30-60 days; so it’s important that you not only trust them, but that you like them as a person!  

4. Did you know that buyers almost never pay a real estate commission?

That’s right!  In our current market, sellers pay the real estate commission of both the listing and buyer’s agent as an incentive to best market their house. Even most “For Sale by Owner” properties are willing to pay a real estate commission. If a “For Sale by Owner” doesn’t offer a commission to a buyer’s agent, then it will make their house less marketable because the buyers would have to pay their agent’s fee. (Information compiled by Reggie Resper and the talented staff at Resper Group Real Estate.)

We understand that the relationship we build with our clients impact their lives and the lives of people around them. We strive to provide high-quality service by actively communicating to ensure you aren't wondering about the next step in the process. With collaboration, innovative marketing, and strong and educated negotiation approaches, you will feel confident in your investment decisions.

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