There are about 3,700 Charleston Realtors, all of whom are ready and willing to do business at any time. With the number of agents promoting themselves throughout the Lowcountry, how on earth do you decide who to hire when it’s time for you to buy or sell a home? Many real estate agents will go above and beyond to serve their clients, but sometimes a difference of personalities or opinion can get in the way of a transaction. In order to hire the right agent to represent you, there are a few things you’ll need to take into consideration. The following points will help you find a Realtor who keeps your best interests in mind and whose services are tailored to your needs.
First impressions matter. Did your prospective agent show up to your appointment on time? Did they answer your calls or emails in a quick, professional manner? Do you feel that your personalities will mesh or clash? Most people know from a first meeting whether they will get along with someone. It’s important to be able to communicate with your real estate agent on a personal level. Decide what’s important to you when it comes to communication and personality.
Rely on experience. Buyers and sellers can usually tell if a real estate agent is experienced. They know exactly how to lead you through the buying or selling process, and they’re ready to give advice whenever it’s needed. That’s not to say that someone who’s been in the business for years is always best. If they seem too busy, not attentive enough, or drop the ball a couple of times, maybe you should choose that well-educated and hungry new agent who will work hard for your business.
Make sure your Realtor is working in your best interest. If they constantly steer you toward their company’s listings, a certain neighborhood, or a higher price point, they aren’t working for you. They’re more than likely thinking of that higher commission they’ll receive by selling a home in any one of those categories. A good agent will listen to what you need and forget about what they want.
Lastly, if you are unsatisfied with your real estate agent, don’t think you’re trapped into working with them. If they haven’t earned your business and respect, you don’t owe them anything. A good agent will also know if the rapport is working out, and will realize that a tenuous relationship with a client will not lead to a smooth transaction. Trust your instincts when choosing a real estate agent to represent you, and don’t settle for less than the best!