Finding a great realtor can be the difference between selling your house quickly or having a 5-bed, 3-bath burden sitting around for a year or more. The right Spokane real estate agent can assist you whether you’re buying a new home or selling your current house. He or she will be the difference between a great experience and costly mistakes! Use the following to help you choose the perfect Spokane real estate agent for your situation.
How to Find the Best Spokane Real Estate Agent:
Dig for Referrals
A great place to start when you are looking for a Spokane real estate agent is to ask around. Talk to family, friends, and coworkers about the realtors they’ve used. Anyone who has had a great experience with a home selling or buying experience will be excited to share their opinion and give you the number of the agent they used.
Used a realtor in a former city? Ask him or her for a referral – they’ll likely know or have heard of a great candidate in your area.
Do Your Research
Many realtors help people buy and sell homes which is something you can use to your advantage. If you want to know how your realtor is going to advocate for you, open houses are a great place to start. You might not find the home of your dreams (if you are buying), but you’ll definitely have the opportunity to meet whichever realtor is showing the house.
You may also choose to check out the potential realtor’s website. Look for the ways he educates and provides resources for his clients. Ultimately, your realtor should be an advocate for you. Whether you are selling or purchasing real estate, you should pick someone who knows their stuff.
Choose a Local Agent
Whenever possible, choose someone local. Most realtors are familiar with the communities they work in and are even members of the same community. That means they will take pride in finding you the right place, close to (or far away) from amenities and in the school district you desire. He or she will also be an expert on hidden gems and even perks that come with certain areas.
Having a local Spokane real estate agent is even more important if you are selling your home. Someone who is local will know exactly how to market your home for top dollar.
You won’t get along with everyone you meet, but you should feel comfortable with your realtor. He or she will be responsible for taking you to and from potential new homes (if you are buying) and making sure that ideal prospects see the home you are selling, so it’s important that you find someone you like and trust.
You may pick based on their advertising or the fact that they went to school with your sister. No matter what, pick someone you can easily form a connection with before you commit.
Get to Know Your Agent
Take the time to learn about your agent before you get started with the process. You might want answers to some of the following questions:
- How long have they lived in the Spokane area?
- Do they currently own or rent? (And why?)
- What is their process for finding you a home? Selling your home?
- How much experience do they have in real estate?
While none of these questions will likely make or break your relationship with your prospective agent, they will give you a little insight into how he will help you sell or buy a home.
Keep in mind: whenever possible, you should meet with your agent in person. Communicating via phone or email can be valuable, but a little time spent face to face helps create a stronger connection. That, in turn, allows your realtor to have a better idea of what you want (and don’t want)!
Learn Their History
If you are still on the fence, your real estate negotiator’s history will give you a lot of information. Not only is this where you’ll find out what people have liked (or disliked) about them in the past but it will also make it easier for you to see how they’ve performed. Look for things like the quantity of homes they’ve sold, the quality of deals they’ve done, and their longevity in the industry. These things all add up to provide a clear picture of your realtor!
If you are looking for a Spokane real estate agent, I’d love to work with you. Contact me today to set up a consultation and let’s talk about how I can help you achieve your long-term real estate goals. Choosing a good realtor is critical, make that choice today!