Realtors In MD

January 17th, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Realtors In MD

 

There are many realtors in MD to choose from. But picking the right realtor is absolutely essential for a fulfilling experience and a successful transaction, whether you’re buying or selling. After all, buying or selling a home should be fun and exciting for your entire family. For most people, it’s one of the biggest decisions they will ever make. Since it also requires a very large financial investment, it should be done with a qualified advisor (agent) by your side. A good, experienced realtor can remove a lot of the stress that you might otherwise feel by offering good advice and “holding your hand” through every step of the process.

Before choosing your realtor in MD, be sure to thoroughly research the individual, as well as his or her company, to be sure that the agent is qualified, experienced and, most of all, effective.

As with every other profession, you can find good and bad realtors. We’ve probably all heard stories about the not-so-good agents, but there are far more real estate professionals who are both knowledgeable and helpful and can move the process along for the best result.   

Here are 6 tips for evaluating realtors in MD:

1) Check The Website: Go through the realtor’s website to get an understanding of what the company offers to buyers and sellers.

2) Check For References/Testimonials: An experienced and effective realtor is sure to have many happy customers who sing his/her praises.

3) Ask For Reference Contact Info.:  Contacting a few of the agent’s references can provide more “real” information than you would be able to find anywhere else.

4) Ask the agent what distinguishes him/her from other agents. This is particularly important for sellers – you don’t want “just another agent” who lists your home, but doesn’t actively promote it. You should look for real estate professionals with innovative ideas for proactively locating buyers and making your home stand out from the other houses on the market.

5) If you are a buyer, be sure that the agent will show you properties listed with other brokers, as well. Some agents are offered higher commissions for selling homes listed with their company. You certainly don’t want to be limited to the listings from one broker, so be sure to address this up front.

6) If you are a seller, ask about the agent’s commission structure. While the amount of the commission (percentage of the sales price) should not be the absolute deciding factor, it is still important. Agents who aggressively market your home will have expenses during the process, so they might charge a little more than agents who “list and forget.” But which type of agent would you rather have? It might make sense to pay a little more to sell your house quickly and for the maximum price. Remember, the agent doesn’t make a penny until your house sells. So the agent has every incentive to make sure that happens, particularly if that agent has spent considerable time and money on the process.  

If you follow these tips and choose your agent carefully, you’re sure to have the best chance of selling your home as quickly and profitably as possible and/or buying the home of your dreams.  

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Realtors In MD

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