The time has come, you and your family have finally made the decision to move to Layton, Utah. But now what? The next important decision you must make is which agent to hire. You will want help navigating the hectic market Utah is seeing. Selling or buying a home, especially in a very active market, can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. An agent is there to help make the entire process go as seamless as possible. We also are sworn to protect your best interest. But how do you know which agent to pick?
Currently, the market is saturated with agents so choosing a good agent may seem overwhelming. Many agents saw the fast market in 2018 and thought that selling Real Estate looked easy. Buying or selling a home is the biggest transaction you will make in your lifetime. The importance of finding a full-time, professional agent who is knowledgeable is key. Let’s focus on a few tips that will help you pick the perfect agent to match exactly what you want and need.
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Luckily, we live in a time where technology is advancing every day, which makes doing your own research very easy. Most agents have their own website and social media that you can access and get a feel for who they are as a person. Check their website to read reviews from past clients that way you are getting a firsthand account of how this agent performs. With Facebook, you can see who wrote the review and even reach out to that person and ask more questions, if needed. Read that agent’s bio and watch any videos they may have to see if their personality is a good match for you.
Research The Brokerage
Just like all businesses, not all brokerages operate the same. It is important to not just pick an agent but also to feel confident in the brokerage that agent works for. To simplify the buying/selling process, choosing a full-service brokerage is a great idea. A full-service brokerage is a company that is part of a “family” of other companies that all work together to help you through the process, like; a mortgage company, title and insurance. You also want a brokerage that has been in the business for an extended period and that works nationally/internationally, making them experienced and diversified. Lastly, does the brokerage supply their agents with the proper training and education to be successful.
Interview the Agent
Many people do not realize that hiring an agent is just like hiring someone for any other kind of job and that you should do your homework and “interview” multiple agents. Once you’ve narrowed down your search and you’ve chosen a few you’d like to find out more information about, schedule a time to meet with them. Here’s a few questions to think about:
- How long have they been in the business?
- Have they won any company awards?
- Are they up to date on continued education?
- What current listings do they have?
- Do they specialize in anything?
- What makes them different than other agents?
- Are they part of a team?
- Are they licensed and has their license ever been revoked?
Real estate is just as much about psychology as it is business. It is important to get to know any prospective agent on a personal level. They are going to be assisting you through one of the biggest financial life choices you will ever make. Being able to effectively communicate and feel comfortable with this person should be at the top of your list. Can you have an everyday conversation with this person? Are they not paying attention, talking over you or rushing you? Finally, if you feel like they are being pushy, then they are probably not the agent for you. Being able to communicate with the agent is key to a successful transaction.
Part of a real estate agent’s job is to be the expert on the communities in which they work in. Find out if the agent is involved in any local groups, activities, community programs, volunteer work or what they like to do in their free time. Think of it this way, if you were moving to a new community your agent should be your resource for all kinds of things. For example, telling you which restaurants are the best, where to go to the movies, where to shop and what is the best local hiking trial. That agent should be your one stop shop for everything local.
They should also be keen on how the market is moving in each area. For example, a home is more expensive in the Layton/Kaysville area than the Plain City area. It is the agent’s job to understand and research what it takes to sell in each community and different successful purchasing tactics.
What is the Agent’s Background?
Real estate is a very competitive market so anything that can separate an agent from another can be valuable. For example, what did the agent do before starting their real estate career? Having a background in construction, sales, insurance, finance, the military, law or the experience of raising a family all help to shape an agent. These along with other factors should provide them with different knowledge on how to optimize their business. An agent with experience in different backgrounds can help to grow their network of trusted colleagues, which in turn, makes the buying/selling process much easier for you.
Choose C4 Elite
Above all, make sure to trust your gut and do your own research. Ask friends who they work with? Referrals are the best way to know if an agent is right for the job. Additionally, more important than experience alone, pick an agent that you trust and that you can communicate with. You want an agent that is going to do everything in their power to protect you and your family and have your best interest at heart. You want an agent that is caring and receptive to your wants and needs. Call The C4 Elite Real Estate Team to find our why we are the best agents for the job. We have a full-time team of professionals from Home Warranty to Title. Along with our team, you will find the process smooth and stress free. We cannot wait to help you find your dream home, whether in Layton, UT or surrounding areas.