Zillow Advice: Home Buying - What is most important to you when choosing a Realtor? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-most-important-to-you-when-choosing-a-Realtor/509097/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate I've never met a Realtor ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-most-important-to-you-when-choosing-a-Realtor/509097/ I've never met a Realtor yet that knows what the word "best" means, and can factually demonstrate that there is nothing "better" than what they consider "best"....&nbsp; And if there is something "better", then how could it possibly be considered "best"?<br/><br/>More "<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puffery" rel="nofollow">puffery</a>"?<br/> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 05:05:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-most-important-to-you-when-choosing-a-Realtor/509097/ 2013-09-17T05:05:00Z No I was only joking.But ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-most-important-to-you-when-choosing-a-Realtor/509097/ No I was only joking.<br/>But actually as I've stated in a previous reply--experience speaks for itself. Then if you the homeowner get along with the agent on a personal level and see "eye to eye" on facts and figures--then that's another plus.<br/>So, interview an agent and see if they have your best interests at heart.<br/>Best of luck. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 04:27:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-most-important-to-you-when-choosing-a-Realtor/509097/ 2013-09-17T04:27:00Z Amazing amazing amazing that ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-most-important-to-you-when-choosing-a-Realtor/509097/ Amazing amazing amazing that aside from one regular posting "landlord" and one "carpenter" that really didn't answer the question, the "answers" are from agents saying they would "chose themselves", or someone they consider just like themselves... and yet the Realtors consistently say that no one should represent themselves, and that they wouldn't even represent themselves, so, I guess what they are really saying is "<em>don't chose any agent that would answer a question like this on a public forum like this</em>"....<br/><br/>Of course Wetdawgs had the only real answer and the rest was just "<em>self promotion</em>".<br/><br/>Experience and knowledge?&nbsp; How is an outsider supposed to measure those?&nbsp; It is just pure <a href="http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Big-difference-between-marketing-and-puffery/503478/">puffery</a>.<br/> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 03:18:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-most-important-to-you-when-choosing-a-Realtor/509097/ 2013-09-17T03:18:00Z I'd say if they're first ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-most-important-to-you-when-choosing-a-Realtor/509097/ I'd say if they're first name is Keith then you can't go wrong...lol Tue, 17 Sep 2013 02:57:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-most-important-to-you-when-choosing-a-Realtor/509097/ 2013-09-17T02:57:00Z It's all up to your personal ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-most-important-to-you-when-choosing-a-Realtor/509097/ It's all up to your personal preference, for me personally their professionalism and compassion would be the two biggest selling points. I also think their market knowledge is very important because buying or selling your home is an important decision.&nbsp;<br/><br/>Thank you,<br/><br/>Valerie Wengeler<br/>Realtor BRE LIC# 01934056<br/>[Contact information and promotion removed by Zillow moderator. Please see our Good Neighbor Policy for information.] Tue, 17 Sep 2013 02:34:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-most-important-to-you-when-choosing-a-Realtor/509097/ 2013-09-17T02:34:00Z Wetdawg....I was reading ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-most-important-to-you-when-choosing-a-Realtor/509097/ Wetdawg....I was reading your reply post about the older folks and it brought back something I had retained in the back of my mind.<br/><br/>I was doing a job for an older lady and she said if it starts raining I could open the garage door and relocate my saw horses...well it started raining.<br/><br/>When I opened the garage door to a fairly sized garage, what I saw was something I never have seen again.<br/><br/>There was nothing in the garage but the car, not one single scrap of paper, a old cup, can, .... nothing just the car.<br/><br/>Her house was the same, she even used the picture rail, for those of you who don't know what that is, in some older houses there was a rail that was installed ...16in from the ceiling around the entire room and when you hung a picture it was&nbsp;installed with a cord that had a hook on it and simply dangled down the wall to the height you wanted.<br/>Just sharing the story ... still learning about the realtors.<br/><br/>I would say a good seasoned&nbsp;realtor would be best but not a lax one.<br/>-Joseph- Thu, 29 Aug 2013 12:16:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-most-important-to-you-when-choosing-a-Realtor/509097/ 2013-08-29T12:16:00Z What kind of car they drive ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-most-important-to-you-when-choosing-a-Realtor/509097/ What kind of car they drive and where they take you to lunch.&nbsp; Thu, 29 Aug 2013 12:11:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-most-important-to-you-when-choosing-a-Realtor/509097/ 2013-08-29T12:11:00Z Apparently only agents have ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-most-important-to-you-when-choosing-a-Realtor/509097/ Apparently only agents have opinions on this subject?<br/><br/><strong>Experience -</strong> doing the same thing poorly 100x is still experience. Is this what you mean?&nbsp; So, while some experience is useful, I also look for success.<br/><br/><strong>Someone who will go above and beyond.</strong>&nbsp; In several decades of buying and selling real estate, agents are getting more and more specialized and seem to nickel and dime the seller to death with things that agents used to include as marketing expenses (e.g. staging, photography, etc).&nbsp;&nbsp; <br/><br/><strong>Respect.&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp; A great way to lose my business is to talk off the top of your head just to have an answer or talk but have no basis in reality.&nbsp;&nbsp; OR, when I was interviewing agents to help sell an elderly relative's home the agent told me how elderly don't keep up their homes and don't update their home (before asking questions about condition, remodeling etc).&nbsp; Her interview didn't go very far as she was so wrong.&nbsp;&nbsp; It is also not respectful to wear perfume/cologne nor reak of cigarettes (even if you don't smoke in my presence). <br/><br/><strong>A great communicator.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; They must be willing to establish a plan for communication and follow a plan. <br/><br/><strong>Following through on commitments.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; "I will have the xxxxxxx to you by 3 pm" means just that, not 4 pm or tomorrow. <br/><br/><strong>CMA with statistics</strong>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; More and more agents are condemning Zillow on one hand but on the other are generating what they call CMAs without stepping out of their office.&nbsp;&nbsp; I want to know why they chose properties, and input describing actually having seen both the comps as well as my property of interest.&nbsp; I want to know a range, and I also want to know of the last 10 to 20 CMAs they've generated before the house goes on the market, how does their suggested list price compare to the actual sales price. <br/><br/><strong>Knowledge of the area.</strong> <br/><br/>Ah, yes, and knowledge of real estate laws and requirements.&nbsp; While that is the bottom line, that alone doesn't create success. <br/><br/>When hiring an agent to sell my home, I talk to at least a dozen on the phone and invite ~3 out to the home for a ~2 h interview.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; When hiring an agent for buying, I talk to a similar number on the phone.&nbsp; <br/><br/>And, there is a lot more.&nbsp; <br/><br/> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 05:30:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-most-important-to-you-when-choosing-a-Realtor/509097/ 2013-08-29T05:30:00Z Kristofer,I agree with the ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-most-important-to-you-when-choosing-a-Realtor/509097/ Kristofer,<br/>I agree with the previous post and I would like to add, you can find experienced agents in all of the towns but In my opinion you should&nbsp;choose a local top agent that knows the local market, be a good listener, always available and that works hard for you. Good agents are able&nbsp;to quickly find you the home you're looking for. Remember... The inventory in some&nbsp;areas &nbsp;are low and it's all about speed and efficiency. Good luck. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 04:57:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-most-important-to-you-when-choosing-a-Realtor/509097/ 2013-08-29T04:57:00Z Go with experience. Nothing ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-most-important-to-you-when-choosing-a-Realtor/509097/ Go with experience. Nothing better than to know you're in solid hands. The agent and his broker whom knows what they're doing at all times, has resources at their fingertips i.e.in house services and if a problem presents itself, he or she is on top of it and can even prevent it from happening at all.<br/>Sure, give a less seasoned agent a chance for sure but experienced agents who have good ethics and a "track record" of the above are priceless for your peace of mind. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 04:39:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-most-important-to-you-when-choosing-a-Realtor/509097/ 2013-08-29T04:39:00Z