How to Choose the Right Realtor

Posted on March 20, 2010. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Making Life Easier, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , , |

The Importance of Choosing the Right Realtor

It hurt a bit. But I had to do it. I gave away a cash buyer this past week. Really had no choice. The woman simply was a better fit for another Realtor. You see, I work primarily with email. And she lacked this mode of communication. A rarity, of course. But in this case, a reality. All of which has inspired me to dig deep into my reservoir of knowledge and share some thoughts on the importance of choosing the right Realtor.   

Obviously, you’ll want the chosen one to demonstrate plenty of market smarts, as well as the willingness to help you feel comfortable. But once these basic requirements have been fulfilled, there are other things to consider.

First, you’ll want to make sure your modes of communication are compatible. Do you want a techie? A phone talker? Someone who tweets or chats it up on Skype? Provides digital contracts? Remember, it’s all about what YOU want in an agent. So make sure yours is on the same communications wavelength.

Naturally, the more confidence you have in your Realtor, the better. So be certain a Realtor’s license is displayed on his or her website. It’s your assurance of a certain level of professionalism.

Another thing to make sure of is that the person you’ve chosen is a Realtor, and not just an agent. What’s the difference? In order to qualify as a Realtor, an agent must be a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR). That puts Realtors one gigantic step above ordinary agents. Among other things, membership in NAR carries with it a whole set of ethical guidelines as presented in the organization’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practices. We at Weeks Team are proud to say we are full-fledged Realtors!

‘Nuff said. Follow these few steps, and you’ll soon be well on your way to connecting with the right Realtor. Happy Hunting!

If you’d like to learn more about connecting with the right Orange County Realtor or about Orange County Real Estate, I’m ready to help. Just contact me at 949.338.7408 or angie@askangie.com. Or follow me @AngieWeeks or @WeeksTeam.

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