Let’s be honest, there are a lot of Realtors out there. Most people have multiple friends or relatives who work in the industry. In addition, we are introduced to neighborhood specialists via “For Sale” and “Open House” signs that we pass every day. As if this is not enough, we are informed about even more Realtors through the mail, on grocery carts and bus benches, and even via a knock on our front door. It can become a bit overwhelming when it comes time to choose your own representation!
As a longtime Realtor who truly cares about my clients, here are my suggestions for how to select the best Pasadena Realtor:
Neighborhood Expertise is Important
Although a good Realtor could sell a house anywhere, nothing beats someone who is very familiar with your neighborhood, is connected with the local agents, and is familiar with recent sales. It might be tempting to use a relative or friend who works in a distant city (especially if they promise you a reduced commission), but nothing beats someone who truly knows your market.
Go With Your Gut
Working with an agent is a very intimate experience. Over the course of a transaction, your Realtor will likely see you at your best and at your worst. They will be privy to the finances involved with your purchase or sale and will advocate and negotiate for your best interests. When points of difficulty arise (and they almost always do), they will need to listen well and problem solve astutely. Make sure that you feel comfortable with whoever you choose and that you trust them with this important job.
Ask Good Questions
In your quest for how to select the best Pasadena Realtor, you should be prepared with a list of good questions (especially if you are interviewing more than one agent). Asking the same questions to multiple agents will help you understand what sets each person or team apart. Good questions to ask potential listing agents might be: How do you plan to market our home? Will I be working with you or will I be interacting with a team of people? What is your history of selling homes in our neighborhood? What is your philosophy on pricing?
Talk to People You Trust
I am a big believer in getting referrals for important services from people I like and trust. When seeking a Realtor to help with a purchase or a sale, ask some of your good friends, local relatives, and neighbors if they have any suggestions for agents they like and respect. Gather a list of potential agents and then make a short list for interviews. If two people you trust mention the same person, I would say that is a great candidate for the job.
Check a Realtor’s Online Presence
A reputable real estate agent should have ample evidence of their body of work on the internet. Browse their website (most good agents have one), find reviews written by past clients, look at their social media presence, look up their LinkedIn profile, and peruse their biography and work experience. Doing this research will help you get a sense of the person before you even meet them.
Figuring out how to select the best Pasadena Realtor is a big deal. This person will help you buy or sell what is most likely your biggest asset – your home. Do your research and choose wisely!
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