5 Adjectives You Should Look For In Your Real Estate Agent

Dated: 05/18/2017

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Who you choose to represent you when you buy or sell your home is one of the biggest decisions you'll make during your move. Your real estate agent can make the process easy, quick, and painless - or long, expensive, and painful.

Here are 5 adjectives you should for in your real estate agent if you want to get the most out of your sale or purchase:

1. Tenacious

Real estate is a tough world. There are seemingly endless challenges to navigate: the house you love was snatched up by someone else, someone put a bid in on your home and then pulled out at the last minute, there's issues with the neighbors or zoning or construction. That's why you need a real estate agent who is tenacious, never gives up, and doesn't stop until you have successfully bought or sold your home.

If you work with a real estate agent who gives up when things don't go as planned, you're never going to buy or sell your home. The best real estate agents are the ones who not only have plan B, but plan C, D, and E ready and waiting. When things fall through, the don't let it get them down. They keep pushing and coming up with creative solutions to close your real estate transaction - no matter what.

2. Honest

Honesty is always the best policy, but it's especially important when it comes to real estate. You need to be able to trust your agent: to negotiate the best deals, to tell you the truth about your properties, to give you the right advice when it comes to buying or selling. If you work with an agent who bends the truth, withholds information, or - worst case scenario - flat out lies, you're going to end up losing time, money, and patience throughout the process.

3. Savvy

There's a lot to know in the world of real estate, and as a buyer or seller, you probably aren't aware of about 95% of it. Your real estate agent should be savvy, smart, and able to help you navigate everything you don't know about real estate.

Look for an agent that can walk you through the entire process from A to Z. You want someone who is an expert in your area, who specializes in your type of transaction (buying or selling), and who can break down complex real estate jargon into easy-to-understand terms so you know exactly what's happening at every stage of your purchase or sale.

4. Persuasive

Every great real estate has the heart of a salesperson - and the persuasive skills to match. There are tons of instances in which you'll need your real estate agent to turn on their persuasive charm. Real estate agents have to use persuasion to negotiate the best offers, to convince sellers to accept your bid, to convince potential owners that your home is the right buy for them. If your real estate agent doesn't have any sales skills, the buying or selling process is going to be long, drawn out, and never get to the close.

Look for a real estate agent that could sell ice to an eskimo; if they can do that, they can buy or sell your house.

5. Thorough

Buying and selling property is an involved business: there are papers to sign, inspections to schedule, documents to process. You want to work with a thorough, detail-oriented real estate agent who will ensure that every i is dotted and t is crossed.

In addition to managing the transactional portion of your real estate venture, you want a real estate agent who's so thorough they ensure that YOU don't forget anything on your end. A thorough real estate agent will come armed with a checklist of not only what they need to do to process the purchase or sale, but what you need to do on your end in order to tie up any loose ends.

It's easy to spot a thorough real estate agent. Do they send you calendar reminders for home showings? Is their day planner meticulously organized? Do they jokingly refer to themselves as "type A?" If so, you've got a winner.

The right real estate agent is essential in making the process of buying or selling a home quick, easy, and a financial win. And when you lock in a real estate agent with all of these adjectives, you're well on your way to real estate success.

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