Hiring a REALTOR®

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Hiring the right REALTOR® is one of the most important steps you can take when purchasing or selling a home. You should start by doing your homework to determine the best possible fit for your individual requirements. Strive for exceptional service, a REALTOR® that is committed to your real estate goals and someone who will educate you throughout the process.

REALTOR® versus Real Estate Agent: A REALTOR® is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and may also belong to a state level organization as well, such as the Texas Association of REALTORS®. Members of these organizations are held to very high ethical standards that protect clients, the public, and other real estate agents. They may also hold multiple Designations and Certifications as a result of completing specialized training.

DETERMINE YOUR NEEDS: If you’re a first-time homebuyer it’s a good idea to work with someone that will take the time to educate you on the home buying process, recommend mortgage lenders, and teach you how to look at a house objectively. This will help you make wise decisions and understand what’s happening throughout your real estate transaction.

EVALUATE COMPETENCE: Look at the reviews of perspective REALTOR® beyond the number of stars they receive. Search for characteristics that align with your needs and comments made by previous customers will speak volumes about working with a particular agent.
• Were questions encouraged and answered promptly
• Was time taken to educate the client about the process
• Did the REALTOR® have a network of professionals to evaluate the property

ASK FOR RECOMMENDATIONS: Speak with someone that has successfully closed on a home purchase or sale. This is a great source of information and it’s probably from someone you trust.
• Ask about their experience, certifications, and designations
• Question if the agent was responsive to their communications
• Ask how the agent helped to get to a successful closing

Al Denson is a REALTOR® with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Winans. To learn more about his qualifications and the services he offers, click on Buying A Texas Home.

Additional Links:
National Association of REALTORS®
Texas Association of REALTORS®
REALTOR® Designations and Certifications