I encounter quite a diverse range of styles from Realtors in the market - and “to each his or her own”, as they say. “Recently I heard a buyer ponder the question of how to pick a good Realtor, and it prompted me to consider that some people really aren’t sure what they should look for. Personally speaking, my professional motto has long been “EXPERIENCE. INTEGRITY. RESULTS”. So I thought I would share what I think is the criteria you should use to measure any given Realtor to make sure you choose the best fit for you.
When being interviewed, some Realtors will trot out stats such as number of homes sold or their closing ratio, others will talk about their awards, etc, and while I think statistics are great they can be easily skewed to suit the message. I also think you want to consider how you will work best with a service provider: are you a “process” kind or person or a “results only” kind of person (or both)? After all is said and done most clients I work with just want the job done well with good results, and for the process to be a problem-free and positive experience.
Call me old-fashioned, but I think when seeking a professional to aid you in navigating one of the biggest financial decisions of your life – that you should trust your gut and choose a Realtor you feel will diligently work to protect your interests. Statistics are good but in my travels I’ve seen a lot of airbrushed & over-exposed Realtors who’s stats look great but their delivery doesn’t seem to match the image or their promise of satisfaction.
At the risk of sounding too self promotional, my professional motto evolved naturally out of the principles I believe in – to deliver a skilful suite of quality services and peace of mind that your buying or selling experience will be pleasant and trouble-free. In a business that has a lot at stake (your home and financial well-being!), you want to choose a Realtor you can depend on to have your best interests at heart.