• Greater Binghamton Office
    (607) 757 2100
  • Penn Yan Office
    (315) 536 7456

Finding the Right Real Estate Agent

The right agent can make home buying or selling an enjoyable experience

Most would agree that buying or selling a home is one of the most important financial decisions you will make. But some people don’t realize it is also very important to research and find the right real estate agent who will make buying or selling your home easier. The following list is a good place to start in your search for the right agent:

  • List your priorities- What do you value in an agent? How much time do you expect them to devote to you? Which forms of communication do they prefer? Making a list of what is important to you before you meet with an agent will allow you to narrow your search early on and spend more time actually buying or selling a house.
  • Get referrals from friends and family- This is a good place to start if anyone you know has recently bought or sold a home. Although you will want to make your own judgments, hearing about others’ experiences can give you a good idea on which agents you want to meet with and get to know.
  • Check out current listings- This will give you a better idea of which agents have the most listings, who is consistently active, and which ones take the time to post quality photos and descriptions of their properties.
  • Attend open houses- Going to open houses gives you the chance to meet real estate agents, see how they handle questions and get a sense of how they work.
  • Search online- Doing a simple search online can yield a lot of information on a real estate agent. You will be able to read any reviews past clients have posted as well as get a sense for the agent’s marketing reach through social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. An agent who is active on the web and social media will most likely be able to make more connections and get property listings more exposure.