A real estate agent can be an invaluable resource when searching for your dream home or trying to sell your old home. By hiring a realtor, you’re hiring their expertise in the housing market and the local area, as well as professional support to have your back through negotiations. But hiring the wrong realtor can cause more pain than they’re worth. One real estate agent may seem appealing at first, but watch out for red flags before you hire them.
How long does it take this agent to respond when you reach out to them? Of course no one can expect any real estate agent to be constantly available. They have office hours, as well as other clients. However, if days pass and it’s not until the end of the week before they respond, that’s not a good sign. Especially if you have a short timeframe in which you have to move. If you don’t seem to be a high priority for your realtor, especially in the beginning stages, you should probably move on.
Doesn’t Know the Area
A realtor may have plenty of experience as a realtor, but if that experience is in California, how does that help you find a home near the best schools in Amelia Island? If you really want to get the most from a real estate agent, you’ll want to hire someone who is an expert in the area in which you’re searching. Someone who has lived there for at least a few years, and the longer the better, will best be able to find the right neighborhood for you and will have the most informed information about the local housing market.
A real estate agent’s reputation is their livelihood. That’s why so many of the misconceptions about real estate agents trying to rip their clients off are so ill-founded. So if a real estate agent isn’t trustworthy, this will probably show in their reviews. If you can’t find reviews or they’re a newer real estate agency, ask for references. The best way to find out the quality of their service is to ask someone who’s already been through it after all.
At The Barclay Team, you have the support of not just one great realtor but two. Robert and Deborah Barclay work together as a team to provide you the best attention to detail and support in your real estate needs. They are both Fernandina Beach residents themselves and know the place comprehensively. To learn more about their expertise or how they can help you buy or sell your home, contact The Barclay Team today.