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  by W. Troy Swezey

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In order to find a real estate broker or agent who meets your needs and makes your buying or selling experience a positive one, Century 21 Real Estate Corporation recommends you:
  1. DO NOT blindly walk into or call a neighborhood firm and ask for an agent at random.
  2. Ask friends and family for recommendations.
  3. Interview several real estate agents:
    • Find out their history with the brokerage, their experience and background.
    • Gauge their knowledge of your favorite towns.
    • Ask for a list of previous clients and their phone numbers.
  4. Pay attention to whether a potential agent is listening closely to what you say.
    • Is he or she asking follow-up questions which prompt further explanation and help him or her understand exactly your needs and wants?
  5. Give a potential agent the opportunity to educate you.
    • A good agent should walk a customer through the buying or selling process before ever showing properties or discussing a specific transaction.
  6. Have a good idea of what you expect from an agent and communicate those expectations.
    • How often do you want to hear from your agent?
    • Do you want to hold meetings at your house rather than the real estate office?
  7. Weigh the benefits of working with an experienced agent versus a novice.
    • An experienced agent may have more insight, but a new agent may have innovative ideas or more energy and time.
  8. Find an agent who complements your personality.
    • If you like to start your day at 7:00 a.m., don't choose an agent who arrives to the office at 10:00 a.m.
    • If your preferred method of communication is e-mail, don't choose an agent whose most advanced technology is a fax machine.
  9. Evaluate the agent's firm and/or office.
    • Look for a real estate organization whose agents can empower you with real estate expertise and resources and provide first-rate customer service.
  10. Look for an agent who will be your partner.
    • Find someone you trust, who will give you the facts, help you make intelligent, well-informed decisions and work with you throughout the entire process.
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