Trusted referrals from other homeowners are a great way to find the best real estate agents. Start your search by asking for recommendations from friends and family who have recently bought or sold in your area. 41% of sellers find agents through word-of-mouth referrals, and 91% of buyers would use their agent again or recommend their agent to others. You can also search the NAR website, which provides ratings and recommendations.
Once you have a list of candidates, you can research online to read reviews and check out their websites and references. NerdWallet advises interviewing at least three agents to find the right person to represent your interests. Get to know each candidate better by asking them these questions:
- How long have you been practicing real estate?
- How many homes did you help close last year?
- What’s the best way to contact you?
- How quickly do you respond to questions?
In a seller’s market where demand is high, there may be multiple bids on each property. That’s why HomeLight suggests asking your prospective agent if they’ve helped buyers find homes in the area, as well as “how they’re going to help you stand out in a potential sea of offers.”
Services may differ by listing agent; that’s why Zillow strongly recommends asking “what’s included in your services?” as your first question. Followed by, “is your fee negotiable?”