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My Tech House Hunt

I Found My Agent – Or Did I?

The "My Tech House Hunt" Series continues.

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Emily Williams Go to Profile Emily Williams
Published: 01/08/2012
Posted by: RET Staff

I’m in a tough spot. I thought that picking a real estate agent would be pretty easy. I’d get a referral, check the agent’s ratings, meet them in person, and we’d be good-to-go. WRONG. My experience has been quite different.

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I look up to my father as one of the smartest, most ethical people I’ve ever known. He’s also a terrific judge of character. So, when he says, “I’ve found a great agent for you,” I’m inclined to believe him. He handed me the agent’s card and explained that he’s a friend and a neighbor. He lives in our little town and has spent his entire professional career as a REALTOR® here. I hear quite a few things I like:

  • I’d much prefer a local agent, someone who lives in our small community, not just the entire county. If the reasons for this aren’t obvious, I’ll explain that our aspirational neighborhood has its quirks and nuances. Someone hyper-local will “get” this while someone in another area might not. I could be wrong, but that’s how I feel.
  • I’d like a seasoned professional, someone who has the years of experience my husband and I lack. Do I believe that new agents are less capable than experienced agents? No; I’m positive that there are new agents who are total rock stars. We’re just looking for someone who can counterbalance our inexperience.

I suppose my experience here is proof that most people turn to their trusted advisors first when they’re trying to find an agent. I’d also like to point out that whoever we choose will play a dual role for us. They will help us in the purchase of our next home AND they will be the listing agent when we sell our current home.


Comments on: I Found My Agent – Or Did I?
by Sandy Pond 2012-01-09 06:46:12
The problem with neighborhood nuances is that the appraiser doesn't recognize them.Or the potential buyer, they both look at a wider scope.

by Bob Van Allen 2012-01-09 07:27:05
I say meet with him and see if you click. If he was referred to you by a trusted advisor and has the experience and local market knowledge you're seeking, that should speak to you more than a random 3rd party review on Zillow or Trulia. (Although I would mention the broker's inferior website to him if that is important to you.)

by Demitra Mroncz 2012-01-09 10:30:05
I have to agree with should meet him to see if you click. Yes it is crucial to have an internet presence these days but not having one does not take away from the years of experience he apparently has in your market.

I would say you have nothing to lose by meeting him, you certainly don't have to hire him on the appointment. Plus, if it turns out that you don't mesh well, you just gained a little more experience in the interview process to help aid in the next agent that you will hire.

Good luck on your search!

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