The key to a good relationship
The key to finding your dream home may lie in the hands of the perfect agent. So it’s very important that you find your right match. It’s a lot like dating, actually. When people know you’re single, everybody knows someone who’s right for you. You might have to kiss a few frogs before you kiss your prince. It’s all about chemistry.
Same goes in real estate. When people hear you’re looking to buy or sell, everybody seems to know the perfect agent. But to succeed in our crazy Peninsula real estate market, the game of matchmaking is more important than you might think.
Buying or selling a home is personal, so you need someone you can trust. You need someone you can express yourself freely with. Your needs should be heard. You need to be aligned with someone you like, someone you respect and someone who suits your personality.
Sounds a bit like dating, right? Finding your ideal match will require finding a market professional with sound ethics and an incredible understanding of the market. You must find your teammate and partner who will listen to you and answer your questions every step of the way.
Since there’s no Match.com for finding the perfect real estate agent match, we thought we’d offer up a few questions to ask yourself before choosing an agent:
How effective is our communication? Do we text, e-mail or talk on the phone? What is our best method of communicating? When talking, can I express myself openly? Am I comfortable having an all-business discussion? Communication is the foundation of any good relationship.
How would I be represented? How professionally does this agent represent herself? Is she connected in the community? Does she know a lot of people? Is she in communication with other agents?
Would I like to work with someone aggressive or mellow? Consider the personality type of your agent. You might be spending a lot of time together so it’s important to like the person. Compatibility is key.
How successful is this person? Ask how many homes this person has closed in your desired neighborhood. Ask about market trends, statistics, and neighborhood/ school information. How well does this agent know her stuff?
How important am I to this person? Ask this person: How important am I to you? How many other buyers and sellers are you representing? Will you only have eyes for me?
Is there a connection? It’s a person-to-person business. How do we connect? Consider overall how the two of you connect both personally and professionally.
As with dating, once you’ve found “the one,” you look no further. Finding the right agent makes all the difference in the world. Be sure to choose the agent most qualified for the job but also one that you think will make a great partner. Make sure whoever you choose is devoted to your success.