For most people, the purchase of a house is their biggest financial decision. It is obvious that selecting a real estate agent should be a major decision. What factors should you consider when selecting a real estate agent to represent your interests?
There are many different types of real estate agents in the Morongo Basin. Some real estate agents have a reputation for being difficult to work with. A argumentative, rude, unprofessional agent can cause problems during the selling process. Real estate agents should be able to get along with buyers and sellers. Communication skills and "people" skills are essential.
In fact, listening is the most important test for effective communication skills. Agents should listen to what you have to say, take into consideration your concerns, and then guide you to the right neighborhood and home for you.
It takes some detective work to determine the reputation of a realty agent. Ask for references on both sides of the transaction. Ask about any problems encountered during the transaction and how they were resolved. Talking to both buyers and sellers about their experience in dealing with a particular agent can provide insight as to how you can expect your real estate experience to unfold.
One idea is to canvass the neighborhoods in which you are considering buying. If you see lots of yard signs for a particular agent in those neighborhoods, it is a good bet that the agent is a local specialist.