Finding the right realtor does not have to be a long detailed process. In today’s world it seems that everyone has a license in real estate including your uncle, his sister, the butcher, the baker and even the candlestick maker.
So how do you know who is the right choice for you?
Many times I have heard horror stories about buyers or sellers using friends or family when buying or selling real estate. Imagine your sister has your listing and screws up the paperwork or doesn’t negotiate a better price for you or worse yet makes the deal fall apart?
How do you handle that family crisis now? How do you fire your best friend as your listing agent because she is not doing any marketing or having any open houses?
These are situations that you need to think about before you get into a bad situation. If you have a friend, neighbor or relative in the real estate business that are seasoned veterans in the industry then I say you go for it!
But if your uncle is a truck driver 9-5 or your best friend is a teacher 9-5 and both moon light as agents I say stay clear. Thank them for the offer, but find an experienced agent in your market.
A good agent will sell from 8-12 homes a year, while a great agent could sell 15-20. Once you get beyond those numbers, you will probably be looking at an agent who has become part of a team to cover the volume. You don’t always get the head of the team, but may be assigned to an agent who sells the 8-12 homes per year or perhaps less.
The other red flag I have is what I like to call the power brokers. These are brokerages that have all the sales go under one name, yet that one name had little or nothing to do with selling or buying of your home. That power broker hires agents to work under him/her, do all the work, yet he/she gets all the glory! In ALL these situations you are only as good as the agent you get!
I suggest you keep in the good to great category of agents. These are where I feel you will get the most client care and interaction to satisfy your needs. Look up one of these power brokers or large teams, call the number and find out who actually answers the phone. If you list with an agent, wouldn’t you want the agent to answer, not a receptionist who will forward you on to someone else?
If you are looking at the Tampa Market and would like to speak to me directly please call me at 813-849-8854, I promise I will be the one to answer!