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Hiring a Realtor: How to Find, Interview, and Hire the Right One

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When you’re hiring a realtor, you shouldn’t pick the first one you talk to. Click here to learn how you can find, interview, and hire the right one.

With more than 1.3 million real estate agents in the U.S. today, finding and hiring the right one can feel impossible.

But finding the right realtor for the job doesn’t have to be a challenge. With a little pre-planning and some knowledge of what to look for, you can find, interview, and hire the perfect person to help you find your dream home or sell your current property.

Keep reading to learn what you need to know to make hiring a realtor a breeze.

Check Out Reviews or Ask for Recommendations

Online review sites and review sites on social media platforms now make it possible to tell the world what you thought of your last meal, the hotel you stayed in, or the business you hired.

These reviews let you voice your opinions. You can help another reader find their new favorite restaurant. Or, you can warn someone about a bad experience you had.

Reviews are so popular now that they impact the purchasing decisions of more than 93% of all web surfers.

Online reviews can also help you find the right realtor.

Asking friends and family for a recommendation or searching online reviews of realtors can help start your search for the right agent.

You shouldn’t rely on reviews alone to hire an agent. But, use them as a starting point to find realtors to talk to before making your choice.

Ask the Right Questions

Once you’ve used online reviews or recommendations to compile a list of potential realtors, its time for the next step. Before you can hire a realtor, you need to make sure they have the skills you’ll need and a personality you can work with.

This means you’ll need to ask the right questions.

Start by thinking about why you need a realtor. Are you buying a home or selling? Is the property in your area or are you relocating? Will the home need to be spruced up and staged to sell?

With these questions answered, you can then prepare questions to ask potential realtors. This will help ensure you hire a real estate agent who will be best able to help you reach your goals.

Watch for Warning Signs

When asking potential realtors your list of questions, watch for warning signs.

Just because a realtor is qualified for the job doesn’t mean that they are the right choice for you.

Warning signs include trouble getting a hold of the realtor, a personality that doesn’t work well with yours, or disorganization. All of these can be indicators that you won’t be able to work well with that realtor.

You may be working with your realtor for weeks, months, or even longer. You’ll want to choose someone that is not only skilled but also someone you find easy to work with.

Hiring a Realtor Today

Hiring a realtor doesn’t have to be a challenge.

By screening potential hires right from the start, asking the right questions, and being careful to watch for warning signs, you can find a realtor who will not only get the job done but leave you feeling at ease.

Contact us today to see how we can help you buy a home, sell yours, or manage your rental property.