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Exactly How Do You Choose a Great Real Estate Agent?

Exactly How Do You Choose a Great Real Estate Agent?

Buying and selling a home requires some help — and that starts with getting the right professionals on board.

So, who should you hire? Real estate professionals go by various names, including real estate agent, real estate broker, or Realtor®. However, there are some key differences between the three.

It’s true that in real estate, these titles are sometimes used interchangeably, but rest assured, there are some important differences, as well as varying requirements for using particular titles.

A Real Estate Agent is a licensed professional who helps clients buy, sell, or rent properties. In most states, agents must complete a certain amount of pre-licensing coursework, pass a licensing exam, and work under the supervision of a licensed broker. Agents earn a commission on each transaction they facilitate, which is typically split with the broker.

A Real Estate Broker is a higher-level licensed professional who, in addition to facilitating real estate transactions, can also oversee and manage other agents. In most states, brokers are required to complete additional education and experience requirements beyond those for agents and are required to pass a separate broker licensing exam. Brokers are also required to maintain certain records and documentation.

A Realtor® is a real estate agent or broker who is a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), a professional organization that sets ethical and professional standards for its members. While not all real estate professionals are a Realtor®, those who are must adhere to a strict code of ethics and have access to additional training and resources. 

While there are similarities between these titles, there are also important differences in terms of licensing and professional requirements, as well as the scope of responsibilities. 


Choosing A Good Fit for Your Real Estate Needs


When it comes to buying or selling a property, especially if you're a first-time homebuyer or seller, a good realtor can be your ally and guide through the complex process and make a huge difference in its outcome. A reliable and experienced real estate agent can help you find the right property, negotiate the best deal, and guide you through the entire process. However, with so many out there, how do you find a good realtor? Here are some things to help you make an informed decision. 

  • Ask for referrals: Start by asking your friends, family, and colleagues for referrals. If they have recently bought or sold a property, they may be able to recommend a good realtor. You can also check online reviews and testimonials to get an idea of their reputation.
  • Credentials: Make sure the realtor is licensed. You can check their credentials on the National Association of Realtors (NAR) website, and/or with the New Jersey Real Estate Commission.

Always make sure your realtor is licensed. If they don't have a license, this person should be reported to the proper authorities. 

  • Experience: While a new real estate agent may be eager and motivated, an experienced agent will likely have more knowledge and expertise. Look for a real estate agent who has been in the business for several years and has a has a good track record of successful transactions.  
  • Certifications: Look for a realtor who has earned additional certifications or designations showing they have specialized knowledge and training in certain areas.
  • Open and up front: Take the time and go over all fees, and paperwork you are asked to sign. The terms of any commission amounts paid to the brokerage where the real estate agent works, should be established upfront and in writing with a signed copy given to you.     

If your real estate agent is not forthcoming about their fees, commissions, or other important details, it may be a sign that they're not trustworthy and you should find another real estate professional. 

  • Communication skills: A good realtor should be able to communicate effectively and promptly with you. They should listen to your needs and concerns and keep you informed throughout the process. Look for a realtor who communicates in a way that works for you, whether that's by phone, email, or text.

If your realtor doesn't respond to your emails, calls, or texts in a timely manner, it can be a sign that they're not taking your needs seriously. 

  • Knowledge of the local market: Your realtor should have a deep understanding of the local market, including the trends, pricing, and inventory. They should be able to provide you with insightful information that can help you make informed decisions.

If they don't seem familiar with the local market, schools, or neighborhoods, it could be a sign that they're not the right fit. 

  • Consider their marketing strategy: If you're selling a property, you'll want a realtor who has a solid marketing strategy. Look for someone who has experience with online marketing, social media, and other tactics that can help get your property in front of potential buyers.
  • Attention to detail: A realtor should pay close attention to details and be thorough in their work. They should be meticulous when it comes to paperwork, contracts, and negotiations to ensure that everything is in order.
  • Availability: Your realtor should be available when you need them. They should be responsive to your calls and emails and be willing to work around your schedule (this doesn’t mean during late night hours or unrealistic needs).

If your real estate agent appears too preoccupied to provide you with the necessary attention, it could indicate that they're not suitable for your needs.

  • Integrity: A realtor should be honest and transparent in their dealings with you. They should always put your interests above their own and act in your best interests.

If your realtor seems to be pressuring you to make an offer or to accept a certain price, it may be a sign that they're more interested in closing a deal than in helping you find the right property.

  • Professionalism: A good realtor should be professional in their demeanor and appearance. They should be respectful of your time, and property, and treat you with courtesy and respect.

If your realtor behaves unprofessionally or doesn't seem to take their job seriously, it's a sign they may not take you seriously. If this happens, you want to look elsewhere for representation.

  • Meet them in person: Finally, it's essential to meet with a potential realtor in person. This will give you a chance to get a sense of their personality, communication style, and expertise. Ask them about their experience, their approach to real estate, and how they plan to help you achieve your goals of buying or selling a home.


By looking for these qualities in a realtor, you can ensure that you find someone who is qualified, trustworthy, committed, and easy to work with while achieving your real estate goals. Finding the right realtor is quite essential and can make all the difference in your real estate transaction. 

With Clearview Realty's award-winning agents by your side, achieving your real estate goals has never been more seamless or stress-free. Their local and qualified team of professionals is known for their unwavering commitment to excellence and their unwavering trustworthiness, making them the perfect partners for your next real estate endeavor. Plus, with their friendly and easy-to-work-with demeanor, you can be sure that your experience with Clearview Realty will be nothing short of exceptional.

Rebecca Hanson

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