Whether buying or selling a Westfield home, you need someone on your side who knows the local market. Navigating a real estate transaction can feel daunting sometimes. With your busy schedule, who has the time? Where do you start? To find the right real estate agent, keep the following tips in mind.
Finding the Right Real Estate Agent
Take Your Time
First of all, take your time. This will probably be the biggest transaction you are a part of in your life. Therefore, you need to find someone who knows the business. Do you know anyone who bought or sold a house recently? Ask them who they used and if they were satisfied with the experience. Would they use them again? Word of mouth provides some of the best recommendations possible. Make sure to get the agent’s name and contact info.
Interview Several Agents
Next, take that list of agents you compiled and set up interviews with each. Look for someone that you feel comfortable with. Some key questions to ask include:
- How long have you worked in the Westfield real estate market?
- How many homes do you currently have in escrow?
- What was your hardest purchase/sale you were a part of? How did you resolve any issues?
- How often can I contact you? Which method do you prefer? Text, cell, personal meeting?
- Can I talk to some of your past clients?
Check Their License
Once you decide on which real estate agent you wish to hire, check that their license is current and valid. How? Visit the New Jersey Department of Banking & Insurance website. You need their name and license number to perform a search. It’s simple and it’s free. This is a step many homeowners skip. Unfortunately, that could have dire consequences. So, take a moment to perform this quick search for your peace of mind.
Talk to Past Clients
Finally, talk to recent clients of the agent you choose. Ask them how they felt about their experience with the agent. Was the agent available when needed? How were their communication skills? Would the client work with them again? Good reviews usually mean good news. Bad reviews mean “move along”.
When you’re ready to put your Westfield home on the market or want to search for your next property, contact me. I’d be happy to help you in any capacity necessary.