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Characteristics of a Professional Real Estate Agent
Looking at what makes a skilled real estate agent stand out from the rest?
If you are looking at buying or selling a home, it is highly recommended to hire a real estate agent as he/she will be a valuable ally and guide throughout the home-buying/home-selling process. However, it is not enough to hire just any real estate agent. So what are the characteristics of a proficient real estate agent? Let’s take a look.
One of the most important characteristics of a proficient real estate agent is simply experience. Years of experience are a proof indicator of how seasoned the agent is. However, experience alone is not enough. What you will need to look at is whether the agent has succeded from his experience and learned from each transaction. For this, you will need to look at his/her track record for the past few years. It is recommended to ask the agent to give you references – talk to their previous clients, and see how satisfied they are with the agent’s performance. An efficiente real estate agent will have mostly positive client testimonials.
Another important characteristic of a very professional real estate agent is communication – a well trained real estate agent is a specialized communicator and will always keep you informed regarding the latest developments and communicate to you clearly what the situation is and how you should go about it. A proficient real estate agent will also be a good listener and pay close attention to what you are saying in order to have a clear understanding of your needs and preferences so as to find the property that is right for you. Many real estate agents are skilled and experienced, but they are not good listeners – this can miss-lead to many issues in the client-agent relationship as it is very important that an agent empathize with their client’s views.
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