If you are like most people, your home is one of the most if not the most important asset you will have in your life. So you will want to make sure you choose the best person to either help you purchase or sell this most important asset for you.
But how do you choose this person? The following is my personal experience and my opinion on what you should look for when looking for the perfect agent.
The most important criterion in choosing a real estate agent is trust. If there is mutual trust in this relationship, the outcome will generally be satisfactory to you as the homeowner.
If there is no chemistry between you and your agent, it will be hard to communicate and to be on the same page, which will result in frustration and poor results. You want someone who is a great communicator and is able to negotiate a great deal whether you're buying or selling.
When you establish that you like the person and they understand you, you can then move on to other factors like: 1) Their marketing strategy...2) Their reputation (don't be afraid to ask for references from past clients) and so on.
What is less important in my mind is what their commission is because you only care about how much you net out at the end of the sale and if someone with a higher commission, puts more effort and marketing budget and is therefore able to sell your real estate at a higher price for you, this will result in a higher number even after the higher commission has be deducted from the sale price.
Choosing an agent is very important so take your time with it.