When it comes to choosing a Redlands REALTOR, some may think its an easy decision, some may think its a hard decision, and some may not know either way. But being in the business for as long as we have and being successful in one of the toughest real estate markets this country has ever seen, we can give you a few tips on what to look for, what to ask and how to choose the right Redlands real estate agent.
First, find a Redlands real estate agent that has experience, not just years in the business. There are plenty of Redlands agents with many years in the business, but without actually working consistently in real estate. How many deals have they closed in the last couple years? Do they have experience in standard sales, short sales AND foreclosures? Have they been on the listing side and the buying side? Have they handled land sales or commercial sales?
These are good questions to ask. It also helps if they have experience in a specific area of expertise that you need. Do they know how to maximize a Redlands standard sale sales price? Do they know how to negotiate a Redlands short sale with banks and lenders?
Second, make sure you Redlands agent doesn’t have any complaints or disciplinary actions against them. There’s an easy way to do that. Just go to the California Department of Real Estate’s website, highlight Licensees on the top menu, and click on Verify a License, or just click here to go directly to their site. You can look up a Redlands REALTOR by name or license number.
Thirdly, talk to your potential Redlands real estate agent at length! Get a feel for them; do they make you comfortable? Do they strike you as honest and with your best interests at heart? This may seem like a obvious thing to do, but many Redlands home buyers and sellers get caught up in their own insecurities of real estate and ignore their gut. Go with your gut!
Not every Redlands agent that you don’t feel right about will be a bad agent, but usually your gut is spot on with making decisions like this. And at the very least you will be comfortable moving forward with them.
Lastly, make a list of things that are important to you! You and your situation are unique and your needs to be met based on what they are. But use this list as a guideline, not hard and fast rules. This way you are flexible in your decision in choosing that right agent for you, instead of playing hardball and insisting that an agent fits your ideas perfectly.
I hope this list helps you choose the right Redlands REALTOR for you, and if you’d like to interview us personally call us anytime!
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