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Tips for selecting your realtor

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Whether you’re ready to put your home on the market or looking to buy, it’s important to choose the realtor that’s right for you.

In order to do that, you need to look at several things first. A realtor who really listens to you and takes note of your checklist is key, according to bankrate.com. Your time is important to you and you don’t want to waste it, especially looking at properties that don’t fit your criteria. Consult family and friends and ask if they were pleased with their realtor’s performance, says bankrate.com. Ask potential realtors for references. Then check out the references and interview at least three realtors before you choose.

Make sure the realtor is licensed by the state and works at real estate full time. Realtors belong to the National Association of Realtors, which has a stringent code of ethics. Any awards from NAR are generally the sign of a good realtor.

Does the agent specialize in your type of property? If you’re buying or selling a condominium, don’t pick an agent who rarely sells condos, says U.S. News and World Report. If you’re looking for investment property, find an agent who works with investors. With that in mind, many agents have multiple specialties.

Choose a realtor who is familiar with the area where you’re looking to buy or sell. They will be current on the local real estate market and be able to provide information on schools, commuting and local developments that could affect you down the road, adds Bankrate. They’ll also be able to give you an immediate rundown of what is available in your price range. Check their listings online A realtor that’s been in business for at least five years should have that knowledge and experience.

Finally, choose a realtor you feel comfortable with and that you can trust.

ReMax Real Estate Concepts

120 N 2nd Avenue West

Newton, IA 50208

641.521.1047

www.juliegvrose.com