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JerryC

Joined: 2016-01-12
Location: CANADA
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Posted On: 2016-01-12 08:34:41
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What are the 3 things you want from your Real Estate Agent when Buying


Buying a Home for most people is a Big Deal. It's the biggest investment they have every made and it can be overwhelming and stressful.
What are the Top 3 Things you want from your Real Estate Agent when you are buying a home.

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Property-MGT


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1 month 4 days ago

Honest, very knowledgeable and a good communicator.
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Wiseman 1 month 4 days ago

Yes, But I would add to this list their ability to effectively Market yours/theirs
listings. For the KEY to quick and Sale and at asking Price is to have a smart targeted
Advertising/Marketing plans for the listing. Otherwise your home seats with all other
homes. OTN, we have found this Anoox non-profit search engine & social network to be the
most effective and low cost Advertising/Marketing for our Money.

dave_silva 1 month 4 days ago

Wiseman, I agree totally with you man. A good real estate sure needs to be Honest &
knowledgeable, but he/she also better have a real Advertising plan for your listing to get
it quickly in front of people who are interested to buy related Houses. And also totally
agree, when it comes to small business Advertising, you cannot beat Anoox. I mean sure
Google is better if you are ready to spend $10000 per Month, but if you wan to spend $250
Per Month, you cannot beat it.


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brendo1025


Points: 10 | Trainer

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1 month 3 weeks ago

Honesty, Integrity and Knowledge should be the mainstay of any agent
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dave_silva 1 month 3 weeks ago

Yes, good list. But I would add to this list for sure:
1- Experience
2- Marketing abilities up the Wazooo


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dave_silva


Points: 164 | Sage

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5 months 2 weeks ago

I think number 1 thing you want is Experience.
Number 2 is their Marketing resources.
Number 3 is that their fees are low, below the rip off 6% standard, which was proper for pre-Internet and pre-Mobile phone age but is a real over priced rip-off in the Internet age where most people check out a property online 1st before going with a Real Estate Agent to see it.
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CNYHomebuyer


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7 months 3 weeks ago

Honesty, knowledge of my specific market I am looking in and a track record of service.
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dave_silva 5 months 2 weeks ago

Also how much they spend on Marketing & Advertising and how low proper their commissions
are.


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janinekoster


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1 year 7 months ago

Honesty & integrity, knowledge and this agent goes the extra mile. Makes it fun too!
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dave_silva 1 year 7 months ago

Yes, very True. Specially the fact that the agent goes the extra mile. Since so many
agents now a days just list your House and little else beside that.


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GoldCoast


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3 years 1 week ago

That he or she is Honest.
And that is she is prompt in returning calls.
And that she really puts the effort and Money into Marketing our House.
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dave_silva


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3 years 8 months ago

Jerry, I see that you are a Real Estate Agent in CALGARY Canada.
Is that correct?
If yes, I am interested, been for some time, for us to move to Canada. Calgary or Montreal. Can you help with that?
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Stevenjb1


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3 years 8 months ago

HONESTY - That your agent will do as you ask, and that they have your best interests at heart.
RELIABILITY - That your agent will answer your messages and calls in a timely manner, and that they will present your questions and/or offer in a timely manner.
EXPERIENCE - That your agent understands the market you are looking at, and that they can guide you on trends and values.

Remember, we agents are here to represent you, and so it is your choices, your opinions, your wants and your needs that matter. A good established agent should have a general knowledge of all aspects of Real Estate, but may be localized to a specific area. Ask them questions and see how they answer? If its a one line email, maybe they are not as interested, perhaps they are not as sure about being able to help you? LEARN your agent before choosing!
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dave_silva 3 years 8 months ago

But how do we know that an Agent is HONEST & RELIABLE?
EXPERIENCE of course is easy to check and verify, based on years that they have been in
Business. But how do you check the other 2?

janinekoster 1 year 7 months ago

Dave, we are honest, reliable, punctual and experieced.
We have references if you would like to check.


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GoldCoast


Points: 254 | DemiGOD

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3 years 8 months ago

IMHO, the 3 Golden things you want are:

1- Make sure you have chemistry – You’re going to be spending a lot of time with this person, plus, you’ll probably be sharing a lot of personal financial information with them. Make sure your real estate agent is someone you like and trust.

2- Work with an agent who specializes in your price range

3- Find out how many clients they are currently working with. You dont want an Agent that has too many clients and thus no time for you, and not an Agent who has no clients either, unless they just started.
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Regal


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3 years 8 months ago

My answer to you is actually in form of a question: that is dont most People now a days find the Home they want to buy via searching online? Via for example Realtor.com - So doesnt that render a Real Estate Agent sort of moot?
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GoldCoast 3 years 8 months ago

There are many reasons why a Real State agent still is needed.
Because Real Estate Contracts Can Be Hard To Handle. So an experienced real estate agent
deals with the same contracts and conditions on a regular basis, and is familiar with
which conditions should be used, when they can safely be removed and how to use the
contract to protect you, whether you’re buying or selling your home, etc.. That
experience can save you lots of Money and headache.

UrbaneGroup 3 years 8 months ago

While you raise a valid point Regal, no not at all. Online mediums are only 'tools' that
we all use. Nevertheless, the importance, significance and job of the Realtor is more
important than ever in the data era. That's why we now undergo more extensive training and
comply with a strict code of ethics as well. The job of getting the home sold is still in
the hands of the professional. It's sort of like the mechanic. He tools, part of which is
computerized but the expert still has to operate them.

Regal 3 years 8 months ago

Goldcoast & Urbane, while I respect your comments. I think you are Real Estate Agents and
thus of course do not like the answer that points out that in todays Internet connected
World do we really need Real Estate Agents to buy a Home? And I think the answer is
clearly not. Well at least not for People that can read Contracts and negotiate the fine
print on their own. Sorry to break your bubble :)

JerryC 3 years 8 months ago

I agree that you do not need a Realtor to find a house. A simple google search turns up
millions of hits. Finding homes is easy. There are a few problems that come up like the
home you found could already be sold or it could be a complete scam ad.
After a home is found is when the Big Problems start and a great home buyers agent that
works full time will have the experience to help solve most problems before they can
happen.
Problems Cost Time, Money and Grief - Great Agents Don't


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DonJuan


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3 years 8 months ago

Beside the excellent macro level 3 points that UrbaneGroup has listed, I would say the things you want from your Real Estate Agent when Selling is that:
1- They Advertise and Market your listing superbly, and this means Internet but also local Print Media
2- They take Professional Photos of your Home for the listing
3- They do not have too many Houses already under their listing
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Regal 3 years 8 months ago

These are excellent points when it comes to selecting which Real Estate Agent to list your
House for Sale. Really good stuff.


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UrbaneGroup


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3 years 8 months ago

In our opinion the top 3 things to look for in your real estate agent are honesty, experience and negotiating skills. One hinges upon the other. If your real estate agent is not honest, you will have a horrible experience. If he or she is not experienced, you will not get the benefit of a professional acting on your behalf, or the various phases of a real estate transaction will not be attended to properly. If his/her negotiating skills are not refined or are weak, you may not be getting the best deal possible. These 3 basics apply for both buyers and sellers. No matter which one you are, you will need an Agent with these fundamentals. For more information, you might find this article on our website helpful: http://theurbanegroup.com/residential-blog-posts/real-estate-general-news/tips-to-make-money-in-real-estate/. It was written by one of our veteran professionals.
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DonJuan 3 years 8 months ago

I think these are great points that you have listed.

Regal 3 years 8 months ago

Urban. I agree with U 2. Those traits that you have listed are indeed the things to look
for in a good Real state Agent when selecting who to Sell with. But when it comes to
Buying, as I noted above dont you think these points would be moot as typical buyer now a
days selects which Home to buy via searching online.


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