5 Signs You’ve Found the Right REALTOR®

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When you're looking to buy or sell a home, you want to find an excellent real estate professional to guide you through the process. But where to begin? A quick Google search will likely yield dozens, if not hundreds, of local REALTORs® — all claiming to be the best. The sheer volume of results is enough to overwhelm even the savviest online sleuths. Who has the extra time or bandwidth for that?   

The real estate world is complicated enough without guessing which REALTOR® is the right fit for you. So let's keep it simple — here are five ways to know when you've found "The One" for all your real estate needs. 

1. They know what they're doing.

Hiring a knowledgeable REALTOR® may seem obvious, but if you're new to the housing market, it can be challenging to determine whether an "expert" truly knows their stuff or not. Although word-of-mouth can be an excellent way of finding someone you trust, you can also vet potential hires online yourself. 

While checking out their online presence, be sure to look for evidence that they have long-standing experience in your target market, a keen mind for marketing, and rave reviews indicating a solid reputation. 

2. They know the local market.

Industry knowledge and experience are good, but local expertise and insight are even better. Your ideal REALTOR® will have an extensive understanding of the local market through having helped plenty of other community members find their dream homes. 

Hiring a REALTOR® who is also a local means they will have access to exclusive listings or rare finds and can tell you details about different neighbourhoods, not just the properties themselves. 

3. They're likable. 

Although you don't have to be best friends with your REALTOR®, you'll most likely spend lots of time together throughout your house-hunting, buying, or selling journey. When trying to make your real estate dreams a reality, you want to work with someone who takes the time to get to know you and understand your vision. Things go more smoothly if you actually like the person you're trusting with your future home! 

4. They're accessible and responsive.

As any homeowner knows, buying and selling property is a complicated process that often moves fast — your REALTOR® should, too! For example, when negotiating with sellers for prime real estate, you need to act quickly to stay competitive. A good REALTOR® will make themselves available for you in a pinch to answer questions, advocate for you, and keep things on track to align with your goals. 

5. They're honest.

Depending on how the market is doing, you'll need a REALTOR® who can help you manage your expectations so that you're: 

  • not holding out for an unrealistic deal, 
  • accepting less than what your property deserves, or 
  • finding your dream house only to discover it's not within your budget. 

Even though honesty can sometimes be tough to hear, having a REALTOR® who's upfront with you can help prevent future disappointment. Plus, when it comes to viewings, wouldn't you rather hear the truth about a property's advantages and disadvantages instead of a lie that leaves you investing in a home you end up hating? 

Ultimately, finding the right REALTOR® is never a one-size-fits-all approach. The main thing to remember is that you want someone with the expertise you can trust to meet your unique needs and preferences. 

Looking for an experienced local to help you find your dream home? Your search ends here! Hire a Garman Group REALTOR® today!