How Do You Pick the Right Real Estate Agent?

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As Seen in the Naples Daily News and Bonita Daily News

So you’ve decided that you’re ready to begin your search for a new home, or you’re ready to sell your current property. What’s next?  Finding an excellent realtor. Here’s what you need to look for so you find someone who helps, not hurts, your chances of closing a deal you’re happy with.

Go With A Pro

You want a “Realtor,” not merely a salesman. This means they are a member of a Board of Realtors and are governed under strict laws and ethical guidelines. Because this is a career for them, they will have their finger on the pulse of the market–and, perhaps more importantly, be up to date on the ever-changing laws of real estate.  Check out www.NaplesArea.com to find a local Realtor.

Search For A Specialist

What is important to you as a client? I’m certified in FENG SHUI, which has really allowed me to differentiate myself from the thousands of Realtors in Southwest Florida. If you’re interested in properties that feature an assisted living option, find a realtor who specializes in that. Or perhaps you are interested in short sales. Or investment properties.  Or second homes. Or third homes…You get the picture!

Vet The Field Through Friends

The best way to find a Realtor is really through word of mouth. See if your friends have a recommendation based on a good experience in the past. Looking through advertisements, calling on a yard sign, or stopping in a real estate office are all fine, but testimonies of past clients are one of the best ways to choose a new agent.

Run From A Fast-Talking Ted

If a Realtor is spinning a sales pitch at the speed of light, trying to get you to sign on the dotted line today, get up and run. You are buying a home–these are your dreams, not a used car. You can easily tell who sees you as just another sale, and someone who is a true professional and really cares about your best interests.  Follow your instincts and these other guidelines, and you’ll be matched with the right Realtor in no time.

 

 

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