How to find the best real estate agent in the San Diego Real Estate Market
San Diego, CA – The key to success with buying or selling a home in the 2016 San Diego real estate market is finding the best real estate agent but, sadly many buyers and sellers don’t really know how to do that.
Thanks to the growth of the real estate market over the last two years just about everybody from your friends, relatives and co-workers has become a realtor so it may be difficult for you to choose the right agent.
In this post I will break down several points to consider that will help you with the process of finding the best real estate agent who specializes in the San Diego real estate market.
Tip #1 – Search Online
Thanks to the Internet one of the very best things that you can do to find a real estate agent who specializes in the San Diego real estate is to search online for a realtor.
Some of the best websites to use for looking up information on a real estate agent are: Zillow, Trulia and of course local directory websites like Yelp.
When reviewing information on a real estate agent it’s especially important to search for feedback from their recent clients and to take the time to reach out to those clients via email if necessary to learn more about the experience that they had working with that real estate agent.
Besides searching for information online about a real estate agent who specializes in the San Diego real estate market it’s also important to verify if that realtor has the right amount of experience because, over the last few years the San Diego Real Estate Market has been growing at a rapid pace and it pays to hire an experienced realtor who has dealt with multiple offer situations and the complexities of buying a home in San Diego.
Tip #2 – Look up Their Licensing Information
After researching a San Diego real estate agent online, the next thing that you need to do is to look up their licensing Information with the California Association of realtors via their website at: www.car.org.
On the California Association of realtor’s website you will be able to find out if a realtor has a license that’s considered to be in good standing and verify if the agent has had any disciplinary action or possible complaints against them within the last year.
Tip #3 – Schedule an Appointment with the Realtor
Now that you’ve found a San Diego real estate agent who has the qualifications and experience that you’re searching for in a realtor the next thing to do is to give them a call or email them to schedule an appointment to meet with them personally.
A face-to-face meeting is important because, the agent that you choose will be representing your best interest during the real estate transaction and considering that buying or selling a home in San Diego will most likely be one of the biggest financial transactions of your life, it pays to hire someone you feel 100% comfortable with and confident that they will totally represent your best interests during all phases of the process of either buying or selling a home.
Tip 4 – Ask Them the Right Questions
When the day finally arrives for you to meet with the San Diego realtor personally it’s important for you to be ready to ask them all the right questions so that you will have 100% confidence that you’re choosing agent who specializes in San Diego real estate and can help you with your transaction.
Here are some of the most important questions that you should ask a real estate agent:
* Is real estate your only business?
* Do you work with a team or by yourself?
* Do you have any special credentials or certifications like: CRS (Certified Residential Specialist), ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative) r SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist).
* How long have they been in the real estate business?
* Are they from San Diego? And do they really know the area well?
* What is their plan to help you buy or sell a home in San Diego?
* Can they refer you to any of their recent clients that they’ve helped?
Tip 5 – Make Sure They Listen To You
If you watch television shows like house hunters or house hunters international, it’s very clear that many real estate agents in today’s market do not listen to their client’s criteria, wants or needs. This is why it’s important when choosing a San Diego real estate agent that you pick a realtor who will listen to your criteria for the home that you’re searching for and not just show you a property that’s over budget or that’s out of your target area because they want to make more commission.
Tip 6 – Are They Accessible?
Besides following all the tips in this article regarding how to choose the right San Diego real estate agent, another important thing that you need to do before agreeing to hire a realtor is to verify how accessible they are, especially during normal business hours.
Are they available by phone call, text or email? You want to make sure that your real estate agent will be available to answer your questions, comments, or concerns while they are working as your San Diego realtor because, with the process of buying or selling a home you will find that there will be many questions that will need to be answered especially after normal business hours or even on weekends.
Tip 7 – Review Their Current Listings
Last of all, but most important, after meeting with a realtor take the time to review their current listings online using websites like Zillow or realtor.com because, the agents real estate listings will show you how closely their current listings will mirror the property that you want to buy and sell.
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