Whether you’re buying or selling a house, finding a realtor you’re comfortable working with is not always a fast process. The knowledge, personality and tenacity of the real estate professional you select can ultimately decide whether you get a Deal you can live with or a Deal you love. Choosing the realtor with the most billboards or newspaper advertisements aren’t always the best strategies, so it’s wise to learn a variety of ways to find a realtor.
Desirable Realtor Traits
Finding a realtor means evaluating the traits of each person you interview, in addition to their firm. Positive traits to look for include:
Commitment to the profession
In-depth area knowledge
Proven sales record
Although it may feel like you should choose the top seller in your area, he or she isn’t right for you if you can’t establish a rapport. Proven ability to sell houses in your neighborhood means very little when she ignores your concerns, talks over you and rarely returns phone calls. An agent attentive to your needs with more available time to work your listing may be more advantageous.
Keep in mind that realtors don’t always work full-time. If you need someone able to devote time to your home during regular business hours, finding a realtor who doesn’t work a separate day job is your best bet.
Judging a Realtor’s Reputation
Finding a realtor with a good reputation can help set your mind at ease, but make sure you look beyond the real estate agent’s website. Reading Internet reviews from previous clients on impartial websites can help form your opinion, but don’t take everything you read at face value. Most sites offer anonymity to those who want it, meaning customers with a grudge can bombard review sites with negative feedback, while unscrupulous realtors can add fake customers with false praise.
State and national realtor associations are excellent for finding a realtor. Their goal is to present facts about the members, not inflated recommendations. They may also offer additional tips to help you determine agents to avoid.
Using Caution with Realtor Referrals
Asking friends and family for referrals can be a solid source for finding a realtor, but you must also consider the source. If the real estate agent offers referral fees to past clients, this could cause a friend to ignore an unflattering detail of their experience. Mortgage representatives are another potential referral source to consider. Although they often enter into reciprocal referral arrangements with realtors, a mortgage lender doesn’t make any money unless you find a home to buy, giving them more incentive to send you to the most experienced realtor on their list.
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About Ellen Dell'Alba - Team Leader of the Platinum Group:
Ellen is one of the most diverse realtors among the Keller Williams Realty Agency in Monmouth & Ocean Counties. Being with the company for several years, she continues to make considerable strides in becoming the best realtor she can be. Ellen is a listing specialist, along with having certifications in ABR (Accredited Buyers Representative) and BOLD. Her strategy in helping her clients buy or sell a home is fairly simple: "I do whatever it takes to make my clients 110% satisfied, and that is my personal guarantee!"
Ellen attributes her impressive 80% property sales rate to her relentless drive and work ethic. Working around busy schedules, offering multiple open houses, hosting Broker Lunches, as well as spending a considerable amount of time and money in advertising are just some of the ways Ell en makes sure her client's listings get maximum exposure.
Ellen's view when it comes to home buying is: A home is not a home because of its room dimensions or the color of the walls. It is about how you feel when you walk through the front door, and the way you can instantly envision your life unfolding there.
Ellen resides in Ocean County, NJ with her husband and five children.
"I appreciate the opportunity to earn your business and look forward making your experience buying or selling a pleasant one. Invite me in and let me show you what your home is worth and how I can get you top dollar!" - Ellen Dell'Alba
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"Ellen was an enormous help when I decided to downsize. I was never left hanging for answers to my questions. Her response time was impressive to say the least. From multiple viewings, negotiation, inspection , through to closing, Ellen displayed the utmost professionalism. I would not hesitate for a second to work with her again and highly recommend her. You will not be disappointed."