Choosing the right real estate agent can make a huge difference in your home buying or selling experience! Before you begin the process of listing your home or searching for a new one, it is important to carefully select a real estate agent who will have local market expertise, advise you on the entire selling/buying process – from beginning to end, as well as be able to help you price and prepare your home for your specific market.
Local Market Expertise
Look for an agent with in-depth knowledge of your particular market – just like the agents at Adams Realtors focus on the intown Atlanta market. An agent who is not familiar with the area can be a disadvantage to a seller or buyer because they lack the inside knowledge of what is coming on the market, what to be on the lookout for and off-market properties.
Buying or selling can also be risky if you don’t have an agent who also has the knowledge of market value in your particular area. Knowledge of market value can affect contingencies, such as appraisal, finance and closing coordination.
A Trusted Advisor
Along with expertise in current market conditions, an ideal real estate agent will be a strong negotiator and can help guide you through the entire selling and buying process. If you’re looking to buy a home, a good real estate agent should help prepare you for the buying process by introducing you to the lending process, narrowing down your search criteria and being willing and able to show your property.
An agent should have in-depth knowledge of the local market, inventory statistics, price values and be able to run comparables. Also, they should be able to explain all the forms that are used in a transaction, topics and terms that may be negotiated and creative contract writing skills to make your offer stand out.
Price and Prepare Your Home
If you’re selling your home, the ideal real estate agent will have exceptional marketing skills to help you pre-market your home, prepare your home and make the selling process as easy and seamless as possible. Your agent should be able to advise you on how or what to clean, declutter and depersonalize, if needed, as well as give you pointers on making your space look as optimal as possible because buyers need to be able to picture themselves in the space.
The first impression of your home is the most important for buyers – whether it is in-person or online. Per the advice of who is representing you, the agent may suggest things to boost your home’s curb appeal like painting the front door, planting flowers, sweeping away any spiderwebs and debris from windows, eaves and porches, fixing broken light fixtures etc. Keep in mind that a tidy exterior not only looks nice but also signals to potential buyers that you’ve taken good care of the place.
How to Find a Real Estate Agent
Sellers and buyers should do research on any brokerage or agent by looking up online reviews or checking social media sites. The best way to find an agent that is right for you, though, is to speak to those who you trust and let them help guide you to any people they have worked with in the past. Looking for previous sales in the area, sales volume and other statistics are also helpful ways to find and select the right real estate agent for your needs.
Of course, if you’re looking for a real estate agent to buy or sell a home in Atlanta with all the attributes we just talked about, contact us! We’re excited to help you navigate the home buying and selling journey.
Lauren Alexander, Realtor/CAO Adams Realtors