Lynda Anderson Team at Boulder Bay Realty Group offers five tips for procuring a trusted realtor for buying or selling.
Like the tip of an iceberg, the work that a buyer or seller sees their Realtor complete during a home sale just barely breaks the surface, and the best Realtors shield their clients from the underbelly of real estate while still keeping them informed and acting as a fierce advocate on their behalf.
The trusted experts with The Lynda Anderson Team at Boulder Bay Realty Group offer five tips for what to look for in the person who will stand by your side during your most important financial investment.
A friend indeed, but maybe not for this
It might seem like a good idea to pick a friend – someone you already trust in your personal life – to be your Realtor. However, you may want to rethink that.
“It’s not a good idea to choose a Realtor based only on a friendship. Your Realtor should become your friend during the process, but you should choose the agent who will get the job done,” said Lynda Anderson, Broker, Owner at Boulder Bay Realty Group.
The concept is similar for any business transaction. If you are having surgery, you want the best in the field. You want the surgeon that can get the job done and know how to perform in an emergency. The same goes with your home. You want an agent who will sell your house and still produce outstanding results if an obstacle arises.
Let them do the dirty work
Your realtor knows things. We’ll just leave it at that. But all kidding aside, tons of research and preparation goes into helping clients buy or sell their homes, and clients have enough to worry about on the front end. Choose a Realtor who will do all the necessary pre- and post-prep work, so you get the price and experience you want and deserve.
“We have saved clients thousands of dollars by being well-prepared and knowing their market and personal situation well before a home is bought or sold,” Anderson said. “Some things just aren’t negotiable. You need someone who will knock it out of the park, and we have been able to do that on a consistent basis with keen negotiating skills and a sharp knowledge of every piece of a transaction. That way, our clients can focus on the more enjoyable parts of buying or selling a home.”
“We put our clients in a favorable position with the extensive work, research, and input we provide throughout the process. We don’t stop with just writing an offer. We don’t just list homes. We own the process from beginning to end,” Anderson said.
Go for the pivot power
Choose an established realty company who can tell you exactly what to expect, even if the unexpected happens.
“Knowledge is power. We have sold thousands of homes, so we typically know what kind of hiccups can occur before they happen,” Anderson said. “When we run into stormy waters, we’ve already encountered that issue before. We have solutions and back up plans already in place.”
It is important to choose a Realtor who is able to bring you back to a positive position in the transaction.
You want to make sure you have an agent who is experienced and can act quickly and accurately when the time calls for an all-hands-on-deck approach.
A systematic approach
Ask your Realtor why you should choose them. Ask them what they intend to do to save you money, make you money, or make your experience excellent and look for a proven track record.
“Make sure they have invested in the market research tools you need to make informed decisions,” Anderson said. “If they rely on Zillow for Zestimates that could end up costing you thousands of hard-earned dollars. They should be like a well-oiled machine that gives you the consistent results you deserve.
Boulder Bay Realty Group’s website offers extensive search options for homes, condos, land and foreclosure properties, frequently updated by the official Realtor® database. On the website, clients can do a variety of things such as save searches, get daily email alerts of new listings and price changes, market reports, and peruse an iterative or dynamic map for narrowing and expanding search criteria.
Relax and go for “real” people
Choose the agent who feels genuine, yet professional.
“Don’t be afraid to interview your Realtor,” Anderson said. “It’s one of the most important transactions of your life, and the time you spend together is intense. Get comfortable with their demeanor, style, and approach. Look for confidence, professionalism, and personability. Look at their track record. Ask what they would do when this or that happens. How much experience do they have?”
For more information about the agents at Boulder Bay Realty Group, visit https://www.boulderbayrealty.com/nw-indiana-realtors/.