If you start searching for all the possible real estate agents in Santa Monica, you will be overwhelmed with results. There are just so many to choose from. It can be like trying to pick the best grain of sugar from a bag of salt.
So how can you find the best one for you? What should you look out for? How do you decide?
Let’s go over some key steps to help you make the best choice and to narrow down your search for a Santa Monica real estate agent.
A quick way to shorten your list is to only select estate agents that are Realtors. This makes them certified by the National Association Of Realtors and makes them comply with a specific code of ethics that will make sure that they work in your best interests. Other real estate agents may also be good, but this is an easy and sure way to highlight some of the best estate agents available.
Some real estate agents may also have additional credentials which will show you their specialty. Some examples include...
● CRS: Certified Residential Specialist
● SRES: Seniors Real Estate Specialist
● ABR: Accredited Buyers Representative
First and foremost, check with the real estate regulator of your state to see if they have any negative marks against their name. Then have a look at the type of projects and clients that the Santa Monica real estate agent works with. Preferably they should have some experience working with similar clients or with similar properties to what will be involved in your transaction.
Online reviews and real person experience is also important. See what others say about them. Anyone can tell you that they are amazing but is that what everyone else says? Check with your friends, family and see what the online community says.
After you have done so, you can also request references and follow up on them. There should be at least a few available references from clients within the past year.
After you have narrowed down your search, pick 3 possible candidates and interview them all. When you see how much work they put into their proposal you will get an idea as to how far they will go to make you happy.
You should also take a very close and careful look at the contract to make sure it matches up with what the real estate agent is saying and that it is no longer than 6-months long.
Once all the aforementioned steps have been followed the only thing left is to make your final decision. Choose who feels right for you, who has the best credentials, the most relevant experience and a good history of customer satisfaction.
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