The day has come!
You have outgrown your house. The house, that had so much space in the beginning, is filled to the brim. You decide to finally sell your house.
In much need of an upgrade, you start searching Zillow. When you’ve exhausted that list, you search all through Trulia even though most of the listings are the same.
Hours have gone by and there are way too many options out there for you to consider narrowing it down.
You throw your hands up in the air. You are done and give up for the night.
Your mind races.
You’re thinking about the kitchen in that beautiful 4 bedroom house.
then it wanders to the amazing game room in another 5 bedroom house.
Which house will you choose??
This is a big decision and you don’t want to give up an open concept kitchen to have a game room, and vice versa.
You spend hours awake when you should be going to sleep. Because, we all know that the moment you finally fall asleep is the moment one of the kids is going to need you.
This is one, out of hundreds, of scenarios that can be avoided. The best way to find your perfect house is to give that task to the people who know best.
A realtor has the best list of houses available on the market. They are trained to hear what you want, and show you the perfect house to fit your budget and needs.
Knowing this, you want to get a real estate agent.
But, where do you start?
In Tulsa alone, there are over 1500 realtors. First, you have to narrow it down to realtors who work with your budget normally. Even then, you have to find the best one for you.
The realtor who will get you in your perfect house. A home that not only you love, but one that your family loves too. So, how do you narrow down choosing a realtor?
Here is a list of 10 ways to find a realtor when buying and selling a home.
- Find out from your neighbors and friends.
- Find out how many homes they sell.
- Look for a realtor that works in your area.
- Figure out if they work solo or on a team.
- Get a feel for how much they communicate.
- Attend an open house.
- Ask a realtor for recommendations.
- Look for passion and strong core values.
1. Find out from your neighbors and friends.
Chances are, you have friends that are in the same stage of life as you. For the most part, realtors work with clients within a couple hundred thousand dollar range. This means, if they work with a $200,000 budget, they mostlikely work with $400,000 budgets regularly. Ask your neighbors and friends for realtors they have worked with. This is the fastest way to narrow down your results. There is nothing better than word of mouth referrals from people you trust. You can get advice from people who have worked with realtors first hand. They can tell you the experience, process, and anything you need to know.
A realtor that has been in business for a longer time doesn’t mean they have more experience. There are many agents that do real estate on the side. Because of this, they will not get as many homes sold/bought as someone who does it full time. Some realtors have their license for 7+ years, but have not been active enough to sell more homes than a full-time realtor that has been doing it for 2 years. So, ask how many homes your prospective realtor has sold within the last 2 years. This will give you an idea of the experience they have under their belt.
Tulsa is a very large market/area. The market fluctuates all the time, but a good realtor will still be on top of the area you are looking for. Find a realtor that works in the specific area you are looking at. Bixby is not the same area as Midtown, but its all considered the “Tulsa area”. There are many amazing parts of the Tulsa area, but most likely you are going to be looking at a very specific part. Voice that to a rockstar realtor. If they aren’t experienced in that specific area, I bet they know another rockstar realtor who is.
There are different traits for a team and a solo realtor. One is not better than the other. It all depends on what you are looking for. Realtors that work solo, handle the process from start to finish. They are there from the first call, to the many house options, to the end of the process. A real estate team has designated the different steps of the process to different people. This means, the person you initially talk to might not be the one showing you the houses. Each person on the team is specialized in a specific step of the process. If you are not wanting to work with multiple people, a solo realtor is the way to go. If you want to work with a team that is specialized in each area of the process, this option is the best for you.
Buying or selling a home is a very big decision. The last thing you want is a realtor who doesn’t answer your phone calls, or gets the information you requested a couple days from you asking. It is important to have a realtor that is on top of things and can help you whenever you need help. If you work during the day, a part time realtor might not be a bad option for you. They will most likely be available during the times that you are needing them. If you are someone who needs contact during the day, choose a full time realtor who will be available at any hour of the day. There are so many houses that sell very quickly. The last thing you want is to miss your perfect dream home deal because a realtor wasn’t quick enough to get the deal taken care of for you.
Find a house that you might be interested in and go to the open house. There, you can get their business card andget a feel for what the realtor is like. An open house would be a neutral place for you to meet a realtor. They won’t be trying to sell you on choosing them as their realtor. They simply would be showing you the beauty of the home they are trying to sell. Through the tour, you can ask questions and figure out if you would get along with them or not.
Realtors know many realtors. There is so much information a realtor can give you about a referral. Asking family and friends for experiences is one way, but asking a professional is another way. Realtors can tell you from the professional perspective if another realtor would be a good fit for you. They can narrow down the realtors that fit your criteria very quickly because they have the inside information of the budget, friendliness, and amount of deals that another realtor has done. You’d be surprised at how many realtors are so ready to give a colleague a referral.
Buying or selling a home can be a stressful process. There are many reasons that we move homes. Some of these reasons include having a baby, getting a divorce, upgrading, downgrading, and many more. Those things can be very big life changes. You want a realtor that has a passion for what they do to make the process as easy and smooth as possible. Find a realtor that looks for a home as if they were the ones buying or selling it.
When it comes to finding a realtor, it might seem like such a daunting task. Use the few tips above to find the best realtor for you and your family. There are many houses going on and off the market every day. When you find a realtor, they will be able to speed up the process and find you the insider deals that you are needing. Because a house is a very big decision, don’t be afraid to look at as many as you need. A good realtor knows that your perfect home is out there.
We work with many realtors on a weekly basis. All of them have different strengths. Contact Parker Inspections for a list of amazing realtors at 9189786844.