What to look for when choosing an estate agent

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Buying or selling a home is often the largest financial transaction someone will make in their lifetime. Having the right estate agent to guide you through the process is crucial. Here are the key things to look for when choosing a real estate agent to ensure you find the best one for your needs.

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What should you look for when choosing an estate agent

When choosing an estate agent, there are a few things to look out for in the process to make sure you are able to let and manage your property in the way that’s best for you. At Cozee, we make sure that you’re able to find whatever you’re looking for. Whether that be a new build flat or house.

Experience and track record in your local area

An experienced agent who is very familiar with your neighbourhood and local market will have insight into home values, trends, what buyers are looking for, and a network of contacts to help get your home sold or find you the right property. Look at number of years in the business, number of transactions closed, and how familiar they are with your area.

Responsiveness

For both buyers and sellers, you want an agent who returns calls and emails promptly, keeps you updated on showings and feedback, and is available to meet or talk as needed. Unresponsive agents can leave you in the dark.

Marketing strategy and ability to sell

For sellers especially, look at the agent’s plan to market and advertise your home. Do they have innovative techniques to get maximum exposure? How will they promote the listing online or social media? You want someone who can showcase your home’s strengths.

Negotiation skills

Whether you’re buying or selling, the agent should be strong at negotiation to ensure you get the best deal. Ask about their approach to negotiation and how they’ve successfully negotiated for past clients.

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Resources and connections

Well-connected agents may have access to information on upcoming property types or buyer needs before others. And they can tap their networks to find the right buyers or homes. Ask who they know and partner with in the local area in order to find a property.

Reviews and references

Get reviews of the agent from past clients. Were they satisfied? Unhappy? References from people you trust are ideal to learn about their reputation.

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Conclusion

Taking the time to carefully vet and select the right real estate agent for your needs can help ensure you buy or sell your home successfully. Pay attention to the factors above like local expertise, responsiveness, marketing strengths, negotiation skills, connections, and client reviews to find the best agent for you.

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