If you’re looking to buy or sell a home in the DC area and is considering working with a Realtor, this article will help you.
Shopping for a home is perhaps the most awaited part of every home buying process, but do you know you’ll have an easier time if you work with a local Realtor®? Having a real estate agent is like tapping into a large resource of knowledge. You get access to all the latest market news and listings in the area, making the process of buying a home (or selling one) easier than doing it yourself.
A good Realtor® is important to secure a great deal. Here are a few things you should look for before hiring one.
- Reviews and feedback from past clients
One way to get to know a prospective real estate agent is to ask their former clients about their work. What was it like, buying or selling a home with this particular Realtor®? Such feedback is important as it paints a picture of what it’ll be like to work with him or her.
You can also as your potential agents for a list of recent properties they’ve listed and sold if you’re selling a property. Take note of the properties’ asking price and sales price, and how long they were in the market. Ask if these properties are similar to yours in features and location. Since you’re selling, it’s quite important to get a Realtor® that specializes in your kind of property.
- Do a background check
If a friend, relative, or coworker referred a Realtor® to you, don’t forget to do some background checks. This doesn’t involve hiring a personal investigator. All you need to do is check the local regulatory body to look up whether the real estate agent is licensed. If the Realtor® has a website, check that out as well. You can also find out if the referral has won any awards by checking the state or local National Association of Realtors (NAR). One thing is for sure– a Realtor® with a peer-given award is somebody you want to work with.
Another thing you should note is an agent’s time in the business. Generally speaking, real estate agents with less than five years of experience are still novices. There’s nothing wrong with being part of an agent’s learning curve, but working with an experienced professional might be the best for you. So take into consideration your needs and preferences when looking for a Realtor®.
- Check their credentials
Realtors® have different designations and specialties. A designation also indicates the agent has taken up additional courses on a certain aspect of real estate sales. Among the most common designations are CRS (Certified Residential Specialist), ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative), and SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist.)
It’s also important to take note that Realtors® (spelled with a capital “R”) are members of the National Association of Realtors. This means that they adhere to a strict code of ethics in their service.
Are you looking for an experienced Realtor®? You’re in the right place. Appleton Properties consists of William and Adam Fastow, the leading DC realtors in the area. Learn more about the Fastow brothers and read what their clients have to say about working with them here.