Whether you find your Realtor at a cocktail party, or use a friend or family member, the same expectations must be met across the board.
To most people, real estate transactions are the largest and most stressful of their lifetime, so it’s important to select a Realtor the same way you’d select a brain surgeon or a financial adviser: you do some research and you insist they meet your expectations. The expectations I would expect from another Realtor are below:
Needless to say, and not included in the 8 above, is this bonus tip: Don't hire a part-time Realtor. Imagine hiring a part-time surgeon - you wouldn't do it.
These requirements for your Realtor are not all-inclusive. There are many little things that put one Realtor above another. But this is a good start to understanding what you should expect. The responsiveness, thoroughness, and effort put forth by a Realtor will make your life easier as you try to sell or buy.
Note: If you live anywhere in the world, feel free to email me to discuss issues surrounding choosing a Realtor. I'm not allowed (nor want) to discuss aspects of your transaction if you are in contract. Prior to listing/signing with a Realtor, feel free to run it by me!
Good luck in your search. For help in finding someone of quality to represent your interests, don't hesitate to call Joe, no matter where you are seeking a Realtor.
We (Joe and Chris Balestriere) are Realtors in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Our blog is meant to educate buyers and sellers and equip them with tools to get the most out of their Realtor, whether it is us or someone else. We focus on technology and how it enhances the work we do for our clients--we are not top CT Realtors by accident.