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5 Qualities to Look for When Choosing a Real Estate Agent

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Couple talking with real estate agentWhen you choose to sell you home, you will need to pick the best real estate agent available so that your house does not sit on the market for a long period of time. Choosing a real estate agent can be difficult, but these are 5 qualities you should look for in a real estate agent.

1. Expertise

Selling lake homes is very different from selling in other locations. Make sure the agent knows the lake, shoreline restrictions, water levels, and nearby attractions.

2. Communication

It is extremely important that the agent has excellent communication skills. You would be surprised to hear of how many bad experiences buyers have had with agents and bad communication. Your home should not be part of one of those stories.

3. Integrity

You can tell a lot about the 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.

4. Schedule

Real estate can be a very demanding business; at times the buyer can be fickle. Getting a buyer to the location of the property is a crucial part of the sell. If the buyer only has a specific window of time to view the property, the agent needs to be on there on time. Putting the buyer off will put them off of the sell.

5. Knowledge

Knowledge is crucial when being an agent. Your agent will need to know all of the laws, the process of selling homes, and every part of the real estate game. It is important that the real estate agent is knowledgeable so that there are no overlooked details in contracts and other aspects of the sell of your home.

It is important that you meet your agent in person and ask for a portfolio. Do not be shy to ask questions or go to a different agent. 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!


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.


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.


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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