It’s no surprise it feels tough to find a trustworthy Highland Park Realtor who has your best interest in mind, right? But why is that? Unfortunately, it’s much to easy to get a real estate license in California, so everyone seems to have one or knows someone who does have one. How do we shift through the wannabes and pair up with a trusted and seasoned real estate agent? We’ve got you covered.
The below 5 tips will put you in a much better position to weed out the rookies, weekend real estate warriors, and part-time agents.
A licensed California realtor can legally sell houses, condos, multi families, and land anywhere in the state, but does that mean you should work with just anybody? No Way! For example, Los Angeles County is 4,751 square miles. It’s absolutely impossible for a real estate agent to be familiar with the entire county let along local neighborhoods.
Do yourself a favor and hire an agent that works in a specific area, zip code, or neighborhoods. That way, your agent will be knowledgeable about schools, new developments, arts, culture, and much more. And best of all you’ll have a much better chance of grabbing the spot you want.
You might be asking yourself, “how would an agent working in a specific area increase my chances of getting an accepted offer? it’s my offer price and terms that matter, right?” Not all the time! I’m a Highland Park listing agent who is also a home buyers specialist. When I am on the listing end representing sellers in multiple offers and an agent I have a positive track record with is representing a buyer they go to the top of the list. I report back to the seller my experience working with that agent.
As a local Eastside Los Angeles Realtor, I can count the top agents working in the East Los Angeles market on my hands. We know that when we bring a client to one of our open houses the deal will most likely close because we have that clear line of communication and have closed transactions successfully.
2. Find Out How Experienced The Agent Is
In California, we have the California Department of Real Estate – www.bre.ca.gov. You can easily verify a salesperson license status and even read the comment section for any pending or active disciplinary actions. If your prospective agent hasn’t been in business for at least four years they’re most likely learning on you and that’s not good at all.
You want to make sure the agent you’re working with is active in the specific area and price range you’re targeting. Last, always read the Realtors past client reviews. This brings us to the third tip.
3. Read Past Client Reviews
Luckily for you as a home shopper in today’s digital age doing your homework on a real estate agent or broker before you hire them is a simple keyboard click away. The best resources can be Yelp.com and Google.com. Search the agent’s name or real estate team name and dive in.
You should read the five-star glowing reviews but also pay attention to the mediocre or negative reviews if they have any. How a Realtor responds to those unhappy clients is a good indicator if they take responsibility for their actions. You’ll also be able to sniff out pretty quickly if the Realtors past client is a troublemaker or has a valid complaint.
4. Select An Agent Who Specializes In Your Needs
We touched on this tip already above and it’s important we mention it again. If your budget is two million dollars and the goal is a single family residence in Highland Park, CA. You don’t want to hire a condo buyers agent specialist based in West Hollywood.
The West Hollywood condo agent might be a friend or a family friend or was referred to you by a colleague or even the bus stop bench, it’s best to ask that agent for a neighborhood expert referral who specializes in the neighborhood or zip code you want to live. The agent you want to work with will have hands-on knowledge about the area you want to live including recent past sales in the area.
5. Research The Realtor’s License And Disciplinary Actions
All of the information you need to research California licensed real estate agents and brokers disciplinary actions can be found online. The best one-stop shop for this kind of homework is the California Department of Real Estate.
In today’s day and age, the internet and Google are the only tools you need for a successful Realtor or real estate broker screening. Best of luck on your Highland Park, Ca Real Estate Agent search!
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