What to Look for When Choosing a Realtor to Sell Your Home

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Choosing a Real Estate agent can be confusing. Finding the right agent is important because there are so many moving parts in the listing, marketing, negotiations and closing on a home. Just as you want to do your due diligence when buying a home you’ll also want to be discerning when choosing your agent to sell your home.

TOP TEN TRAITS OF A REAL ESTATE AGENT

Posted by: Brightwood College

Updated: July 28, 2017

The world of residential real estate has many different players, including appraisers, home inspectors, property managers, contractors, bankers, mortgage loan officers, and government agencies, as well as prospective buyers and sellers. But, the workhorses of the typical real estate transaction are the people that coordinate the process—the real estate agents and brokers.

A good real estate agent is similar in nature to a conductor of a symphony, coordinating the different players to make a successful transaction a reality. At different points in the process, the real estate agent is a salesperson, a buyer’s advocate, an analyst, a business manager, a consultant, a negotiator, and a marketer, just to name a few. We have found there are a number of qualities and traits that successful real estate professionals share.

10. Problem solver mindset. Do you enjoy coming up with creative solutions to problems or issues? Many successful real estate agents know how to properly showcase a house to make it more marketable and develop creative MLS listings to attract the right buyers.

9. Self-motivated entrepreneur. Having a desire to control your own professional destiny and be your own boss is a trait shared by top real estate professionals. To be successful in real estate requires a high degree of self-motivation, drive, and smart decision making.

8. Honesty and integrity. Your professional reputation is crucial to a long and successful career in real estate. Becoming a member of the National Association of REALTORS® is one way to show you practice high ethical standards. To become a member, you must pledge to a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

7. Hustle and tenacity. Being a top producing real estate agent requires a great work ethic. You must have the tenacity to pursue every lead and the hustle to aggressively market your clients’ properties in order to have success. It’s not just about putting in a lot of time—it’s about working smart, putting in the right amount of time, and doing whatever is necessary to close the deal.

6. Interest in houses and architecture. Having a true interest in houses and architecture can give you an advantage over other brokers and salespersons. If your knowledge and interest level is apparent in conversations, your clients will see that you care about the industry you’re in.

5. Engaging personality. A good real estate agent doesn’t just sell properties—they sell themselves. It’s important to show your real personality. People will respond to you if you have a great attitude, are personable and honest, have confidence in your abilities, and get a sense of fulfillment by serving others.

4. Attention to detail. Paying close attention to the details is imperative for your real estate career. A complete real estate agent is attentive to the unique needs of their individual clients. If you are organized, follow up with leads, communicate well, and pay attention to the needs of your clients, you will close more deals.

3. Understand the local housing market. A top producing real estate agent appreciates and utilizes the nuances that make a specific community’s housing market and pricing strategy unique. Success comes from identifying and developing a focus or niche in the local real estate market that allows you to distinguish yourself from the competition.

2. Build a network of connections. Successful real estate agents have a vast network of contacts within the market they serve. This list of connectionsshould include other real estate agents and brokers, potential buyers and sellers, and all the other players in the real estate industry, such as appraisers, home inspectors, and mortgage loan officers.

1. Knowledge is power. Staying up-to-date on the latest topics in real estate and in the local market will allow you to service clients more effectively. Continuing education and professional development are doors to opportunity that you can utilize to expand your business options and stay at the forefront of the real estate field.

At the end of the day, you get out of it what you put into it. There is a certain level investment needed (time, energy, and money) to make any business venture successful. Real estate is no different. If you are passionate about real estate and have similar traits to those outlined here, you have a great shot at having a long and successful real estate career.

Article curated from: https://www.kapre.com/resources/real-estate/top-ten-traits-of-a-real-estate-agent/

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I am Carla Hunter and I've been a resident of the Tri-Valley since 1974. I love this area and I'm excited to share all that I know about these thriving communities. I have watched the Tri-Valley morph from a very small bedroom community with grazing animals and orchards to a beautifully orchestrated business and family dreamland. We truly have it all here and there's nowhere I'd rather be. I was born in Louisianna and moved practically every year as a child. My father was in the oil business, therefore the transfers came frequently. We even lived in Indonesia for a couple of years. Then we came here. And we stayed. I was a cosmetologist in my younger career days and as much as I loved it, it just didn't fly once the kids came along. So my husband and I started a granite fabrication and installation business and I taught myself how to run a construction business. At least the administrative part. My mom, Jo started in real estate sales in 1979, so once I was ready for another career change I decided to join her in 2002 and voila! We're a great team. She has been an amazing mentor and we so enjoy working together. We joined Berkshire Hathaway in January 2015 and we're so pleased that we did. The company is truly exceptional and I'm proud to be a part of it. Just like everything Warren Buffet does, it offers an outstanding platform for me to service my clients in the best possible way. I'm passionate about doing my very best to create ease and satisfaction in your buying or selling experience. I can't wait to meet you!

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