When you are preparing to buy or sell a home, one of the first steps you need to take is picking a real estate agent. The hard part of that is finding the best Kenmore WA real estate agent to work with.
The answer to “who is the best real estate agent in
This being said, there are some general things you can do to find an agent that will do a great job for you.
Pick the best agent by interviewing them
Depending on what numbers you look at, ~80% of people work with the first agent they talk to. This is about as reckless as marrying the first person you ever go a date with. My suggestion is to interview 3 prospective agents and see which one you relate best to.
Ignore the real estate hype
When you are looking for the best Kenmore WA real estate agent, don’t get dazzled by a shiny presentation. Some agents will have slick presentations for
The fact is that a well scripted presentation is only a minor indicator of how competent a real estate agent is. A brand new agent that has never closed a deal can have a great presentation, but no skill or dedication to follow up.
Only work with a full time agent
Some real estate agents only work part-time, paying their bills with their other job. The reality is that if they have another full-time job, they are not going to be as available to work with you and complete transactions. If you aren’t comfortable working with a surgeon that spends 80% of their time bagging groceries instead of surgery, then don’t hire a real estate agent that isn’t full-time.
Age is no indicator of experience
Somehow we automatically as consumers related age with experience. This applies both to real estate companies as well as the agent themselves. When you are looking for the best Kenmore WA real estate agent, you need to let go of that bias.
Some younger agents are working full-time, closing lots of transactions and have great follow up. On the other end of the scale, some older agents are semi-retired and only close 1-2 deals a year, working part time and are not up to date on where technology is going. I have actually had the displeasure of working with agents that were so behind the curve that they had to go to Kinko’s to scan and send documents.
The agent you work with should be able to scan and email documents as well as be familiar with services like
Docusign that are essential to completing transactions in a timely
Communication is critical
In real estate, time is of the essence. From getting offers in quickly to returning your phone calls and emails, good communication is essential. If you send an email or text to your agent and they don’t answer until the next day, this isn’t a good sign that they are going to be hard to work with.
This isn’t to say you need an agent that is always sitting by their phone waiting for your call, but they do need to be responsive to your communications.
The best Kenmore WA real estate broker is the one that clicks with you
Once you have weeded out the agents that aren’t full-time, aren’t responsive and that just
When you are ready to buy a home in Kenmore or sell one, pick 3 agents that you think are good fit and sit down with them face to face and talk to them. An hour meeting with a real estate agent will tell you a lot about whether you will be happy working with them.
Your real estate broker should listen to you
I want to finish this post on finding the best real estate broker for you with the advice that your agent should listen to what you want and your needs. This doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t give you advice on alternate areas to consider when home hunting or give you an honest opinion of what price range to list your home at.
What it does mean is that if you are asking to see 2 bedroom homes, they shouldn’t be showing you one bedroom condos. As crazy as this sounds, I’ve talked with many clients that have had agents that clearly weren’t listening them.
If after you start working with an agent and you find they aren’t doing it for you, don’t be afraid to fire them. Be honest with them, let them know what is going on and why you are breaking up with them and then move on!
Buying or selling a property in Kenmore? Call me!
If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the Kenmore area, give me a call or text at
(425) 358-2868. I would be happy to sit down with you and go over what it is you are trying to do and discuss how I can help you achieve your real estate goals.
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