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5 Qualities to Look for When Choosing a Real Estate Agent

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This article was updated on August 15, 2019.

Couple talking with real estate agentWhen you choose to sell your home, you will need to pick the best real estate agent available so that your house does not sit on the market for longer than it should. Choosing a real estate agent can be difficult, but these are five qualities you should look for in a real estate agent.

1. Expertise

Selling lake homes is very different from selling off-lake properties. Make sure the agent you choose to work with is a lake expert who knows the lake, shoreline restrictions, water levels, and nearby attractions.

2. Communication

You’d be surprised to hear of how many bad experiences buyers have had with agents who could not communicate. In addition to being knowledgeable, your agent should be an excellent communicator who keeps you up-to-date with each step of your transaction’s process.

3. Integrity

You can tell a lot about a real estate agent by reading testimonials from past clients. You may find that the agent you are interested in may not be as honest as they appear to be. You will also need to make sure the agent is honest with you.

You will need them to be honest and brave enough to tell you the truth about the property. You may want to sell your home for $400k, but the agent knows it will only sell for $300k you want them to be upfront with this information.

Remember, candor denotes trust.

4. Schedule

Real estate can be an extremely demanding business. The real estate agent you choose to work with should be able to manage her schedule efficiently.

If a buyer only has a specific window of time during which he can view a property, you need to be confident that your agent will be on time to the showing.

5. Industry Knowledge

Your agent should have extensive knowledge of the local market. The agent should be intimately familiar with state and local real estate laws, the home selling process,and every aspect of the real estate game.

Such knowledge is crucial to ensuring that there are no omitted details in contracts and other aspects of the sale of your home.

It is also important that you meet your agent in person and ask for a portfolio. Do not be shy to ask questions or vet multiple real estate agents.

It is your home and your money that they are responsible for in the end. Do plenty of online research and make sure you find a qualified lake expert agent to help you through the process.


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Glenn S. Phillips is the CEO of Lake Homes Realty. He is also an author and speaker. When not thinking about real estate and technology, he periodically plays his ugly tuba (complete with a bullet hole), enjoys exploring cognitive thinking, and prefers dark chocolate.

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Max Jones May 10, 2017 at 7:20 pm

I really like the idea of using a real estate agent to help us find the best available homes for sale. Finding an agent who has great communication skills like you talked about is really important to my wife and I, especially when there will be new homes for sale that come on the market. We’ll have to interview a few agents, and talk to them about communicating and how effective they have been at helping find homes for sale in the past!

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Kyle Winters July 27, 2017 at 11:39 pm

I really like that integrity made it onto your list here because it really is something that people should look for when choosing a real estate agent. After all, whether you’re buying a new home or selling your old one, you want to make sure that you can rely on your real estate agent for help. An agent that shows a lot of integrity will always be there to help when you need it whether it is to answer a question or help you fill out some paperwork.

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Harper Campbell October 6, 2017 at 6:04 pm

It’s good to know that when it comes to finding a real estate agent that there are some qualities that we need to look for to make sure that we choose the one that will help us get the house of our dreams. I like how you mentioned that one thing we need to do is make sure that their schedule is one that will coincide with ours. It will be nice to have someone that will be on time to appointments and won’t put anything off.

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Callum Palmer November 16, 2017 at 2:34 am

You really do have to remember that you are not the only client that your real estate agent will be serving at any given time. That’s why, before you hire them, you need to make sure that you are able to work each other into your schedules. After all, the house buying and selling process is very hands on, so you’ll need to meet with your real estate agent in person to get the most effective work done.

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Duncan Lance June 27, 2018 at 11:43 pm

I do like that your article emphasizes the importance of choosing a real estate agent that can communicate well. After all, being able to easily communicate back and forth with your agent is essential when selling or buying a home. You’d want to know right away if you’ve successfully bought the home or sold your old one.

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Duncan Lance August 21, 2018 at 3:53 am

There really are a lot of different factors that you’ll have to research before choosing the perfect real estate agent. It is particularly great that the article brings up communication as one of the major things to look for in a real estate agent. After all, you will want to be able to easily get in touch with them if they have an update on your home sale or purchase.

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Ellie Davis December 12, 2018 at 11:52 pm

My husband and I are needing to buy our first home before our daughter is born and need to find an agent to help us. Thank you for suggesting that you should make sure and find an agent with great communication skills. I’ll have to keep this in mind as I search for the best agent in our area.

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Caden Dahl December 18, 2018 at 5:23 am

Since I want to get out of my condo and into a house, I do think that having an agent help me is one of the better things I could do. Now as you said here, I’d want to find one that is knowledgeable about everything involved with the whole process. With that, I would be able to see how the process of buying is done along with any tips they would have to help me find the right home.

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Ellie Davis December 19, 2018 at 11:25 pm

Thank you for pointing out that you need to find a real estate agent that will be able to be punctual. My husband and I are currently looking for a real estate agent to help us buy our first home. I’ll have to do some research and find the best one in our area.

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Arthur Morrison January 10, 2019 at 1:40 am

It might not be the first thing that people think about when choosing a real estate agent, but it really is important to make sure that the one you hire is well versed in local real estate laws. As the article points out, you’ll want to make sure that they are knowledgeable about how real estate is handled in your area. That way they can close the deal on your purchase or sale through the correct legal channels.

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Caden Dahl January 19, 2019 at 4:12 am

When it comes time to sell my home, I’ll for sure need to get some kind of help with it. As you said here, having a real estate agent with good communication skills would be quite important. That way, they would be able to let you know about anything that comes up during the selling process.

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Brooklyn Johnson April 17, 2019 at 8:09 pm

I like how you mentioned that when choosing a real estate agent you should make sure they have excellent knowledge about all of the laws and processes of selling and buying homes. My husband and I are wanting to sell our house because of his new job in a different state, but we have no idea where to even begin. I will definitely keep your great tips in mind when looking for the best real estate agent to help us successfully sell our house as quick as possible.

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Carly Mckeen July 22, 2019 at 8:03 pm

Thank you for stating that it is extremely important that the real estate agent that you hire has excellent communication skills. My husband and I want to start a family, so we want to buy a house. I will definitely keep all of your great tips and information in mind when trying to find a great real estate agent to help us find our perfect home.

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