Whether you’re a buyer or seller, you’ll want to choose the right agent to help you through the process. According to Realtor.org, 88% of people looking to sell their home used a realtor. Here are some things to consider when choosing the right agent:

Experience

Choose a realtor that’s been in the industry for at least five years. To find this information, contact your state’s regulatory body. For example, Ohio’s would be the Department of Commerce. They will be able to provide you with the agent’s licensing and the amount of time the agent has been in the industry. If you’re comfortable doing so, you could also ask the agent directly.

Knowledge of the Local Market

Choose a realtor with knowledge of the market you’re interested in. An agent that can sell a multi-million-dollar home may not be able to sell a modest bungalow. An experienced agent could sell your home at a faster rate and sales price, because they have an existing pool of buyers they’re working with.

Demonstrated Success

A successful agent will have many closings on record, which is easily verifiable online. Don’t be alarmed if your agent seems busy. A busy agent is a good agent, because they’ve gained the trust of others. However, make sure you’re still given the time you deserve!

Communication and Personality

Communication is key to any successful relationship. You’ll want to choose an agent who will keep you in the loop by touching base via your preferred communication platforms. It’s likely you’ll only buy or sell a home a few times in your life, so conduct interviews with prospective agents to find the perfect agent. Having an agent you connect with makes for a better experience during the process.

If you’re looking to start the exciting process of purchasing a new home, contact the Housing Buzz Team today!