Whether you’re buying or selling a property, a good estate agent is  critical in making the process run smoothly. A good agent should be able to suggest a listing price that will attract buyers, even though they have no right to tell you how much your home will sell for.

They should be able to show you comparable sales, pending sales, and active sales. Buying property is a local game, and to win you need someone who is located in the areas where you’re looking to buy or sell.

Finding a good estate agent can be a long, tricky process, so you must take time before coming to a decision.

HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING AN ESTATE AGENT

CHOOSE A FULL-SERVICE AGENT

A full-service agent would have a large data base of both buyers and sellers. Remember that reaching greater numbers of buyers equals a better chances of a good offer. Sometimes full-service agents will negotiate for lower commissions under special circumstances.

CHOOSE AN AGENT WITH EXPERIENCE

Try to find out how long the agent has been in the business, while it is true that experience doesn’t necessarily equal success, property sales is a commission-based business and it would be very difficult for an agent to survive for a long time providing awful service. An agent who has seen many different situations is less likely to be rattled should any bumps be encountered down the road

MAKE SURE THE AGENT IS LICENSED

Look at listings of agents on relevant sites which have a searchable online database of properties in multiple listing services. It is important to note that most buyers start their search on the internet, and you want an agent who uses that tool effectively.

LOOK FOR AGENTS WITH AWARDS AND HONORS

Check out an estate agent’s website and resume for awards, honors, and other signs of recognition. Things like an “Estate Agent of the Year” award are a sign of a quality agent who’s more than likely to exceed your personal needs.

KEEP AN OPEN MIND

Finally remember that a good estate agent may not meet all of your criteria, but they might be equipped to help you.

CHOOSE AN AGENT WHO GIVES YOU A PRICE RANGE

There is always a price range. It might be apart £10,000 on the low-end versus the high, or the spread might be greater. Many factors determine the price range, among which are location, the current state of the market, and improvements.

ASK FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS FOR REFERRALS

If you know someone who recently bought or sold a home, reach out to them. Friends and family members are likely to give you honest assessments of their experience with a particular agent. However, do not just go with an agent because a friend or family member recommended them. Property sale needs are somewhat subjective, and someone who met a friend’s needs may not necessarily meet yours.

FIND SOMEONE WHO WORKS IN YOUR AREA

The estate agent you work with should be in charge of enough properties in the area you’re looking to buy or sell. Estate agents who work in your area will be aware of the best locations for your needs, be able to share information on the local villages and their amenities – schools and local services and trends regarding prices.

CHOOSE AN AGENT YOU LIKE

You will be in a relationship with your listing agent for a month or two or longer. Choose an agent you like and can relate to.

TALK TO PAST CLIENTS

A good agent will be happy to provide you with a list of past clients on request. You can reach these people and ask them for an honest assessment of the agent’s skills.

View our Vlog for more hints and tips on choosing an estate agent.