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Buying or selling a home or piece of real estate property is one of the most important financial decisions a person can make. This is why choosing the right real estate professional is imperative to a buyer or seller’s satisfaction.

Even though choosing the best real estate agent is important, many home buyers and sellers go about the process haphazardly and don’t give it the careful consideration it requires.

Often, home buyers and sellers go about the process of choosing a real estate agent backwards. Many see a property they are interested in and then call the agent who happens to have it listed. In this case, the agent is already working with the seller so there’s the likelihood that he or she is looking out for the seller’s best interests.

Instead of finding the property first, consider choosing the agent first. When you select a real estate agent who will understand what you need, this person can navigate the system for you.

Typically, buyers don’t end up purchasing the first home they inquire about, but going about the process this way sometimes means a buyer gets stuck with a real estate agent he knows nothing about and isn’t well suited for.

It’s important to ask lots of questions before you sign with an agent or broker as well. The commission is part of the real estate industry, but buyers and sellers should feel confident they are getting what they pay for.

A home or property is likely the most valuable thing a person owns so when he or she decides to sell it, having an agent who is trustworthy matters.

Here are some helpful hints for choosing the right real estate professional for your home buying and selling needs:

  • Referrals – 

Ask friends to share real estate professionals they have worked with. You will still want to do your homework and learn more about the agent, but having a friend’s good word about them goes a long way.

  • Consider Your Price Range –

Some agents specialize in high-end luxury properties. If you are looking to buy or sell a luxury property in San Diego or another area of California, it’s important that you choose a leading California real estate broker with experience in the area of luxury properties.  

  • Think about Your Needs – 

Real estate transactions can be complicated if you aren’t familiar with the process. Choose an agent who will let you ask questions and listen to you. It’s important to have someone who will take the time to make sure a client is happy and understands what is going on. 

  • Personality Matters – 

Working with a real estate agent is a personal thing. You will want to make sure you choose an agent whose personality gels with yours as a buyer or seller. Look for someone with a positive outlook and a willingness to go the extra mile, such as a member of our team here at Big Block.

  • Consider Time & Schedule – 

You will want to choose an agent who can work with you during times that fit with your schedule. Perhaps Sunday is your only free day to view potential properties. Make sure you ask any possible agents when they are free and if they have flexible schedules to work with clients. 

These are just a few tips for choosing the right real estate professional.

There’s never been a better time to buy a home or property in San Diego. There are great homes and properties to be found, if you just know where to look. One place to start is our free San Diego home search tool.

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