Essential Qualities to Look For in a Real Estate Agent

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If you’re looking to buy or sell your home, you’ll need a quality real estate agent on your side. However, not all real estate agents are the same. So how do you find the right one for you?

And what makes one preferable over the other?

Today, the best real estate agents hold certain skills and access to competitive power buyer products that set them apart from the crowd. To help in your selection process, we’ve compiled a list of qualities to look for in your future real estate agent.

Factors to Look for When Finding a Real Estate Agent

Choose the person, not just their experience

It’s important to choose an agent who works both for you and with you. Don’t go with an agent based solely on their experience. While it is always good to have, keep in mind that it’s not the only quality when it comes to a successful real estate career. Since you’ll be spending a lot of time together, it’s also crucial that your personalities mesh. Pick someone relatable and authentic who will patiently work with you to find the right home.

Find someone who has your best interest at heart

When speaking with local real estate agents, make sure to consider only those individuals who always put your needs first. Be honest and upfront about what you are looking for, and then evaluate the options brought to you. If the prospective agent isn’t delivering on your expectations, you may have different approaches. Make sure to ask plenty of questions upfront, and don’t be afraid to move on if something doesn’t feel quite right.

Ability to make you a cash buyer

The California real estate market is hot. With limited inventory and record demand setting the state, it’s no secret that sellers who seek to close fast prefer cash. That’s because an all-cash offer removes potential hurdles that come with traditional financing. In fact, many buyers often accept an all-cash offer that is lower than another one backed by traditional financing. The ability to make a cash offer on house can help you stand out as a serious buyer, so look for real estate agents with access to power buyer products.

Technology and in-house solutions

When buying or selling a home, you want to work with an agent who can offer the latest technology and in-house solutions. Real estate experts armed with proven technology and in-house support can expedite the process and make all the difference in your home buying or selling experience. Reali Agents benefit from managing transactions under a single roof, working with Reali Loans and an in-house escrow team.

Sufficient team support

When selecting a real estate agent, or even if you are an agent looking for a brokerage, be sure to do your research first. Does a team support the agents? Agents who have a team backing them are typically able to offer a higher level of customer service to their clients. Most agents work with multiple clients simultaneously, and the logistics of real estate transitions can be complicated. Having a support team allows for better service and, therefore, a better experience.

The Bottom Line

At Reali, we help our clients unlock the best path home. We’re also here to help our agents realize their best potential and seize opportunities to sell smarter, work more efficiently, and thrive within the real estate industry. If you’d like to place a cash offer on house or sell your homefind your local Reali Agent today. And if you’re an agent looking for a new professional home, we’d love to talk to you, too. Contact us to get started.

The Bottom Line

Call us at (858) 880-0195 or email portia.green@compass.com to get started with Reali today.

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Portia Green, REALTOR®

Portia Green is a highly experienced full-time REALTOR® specializing in the representation of Sellers, heralded by her clients as data-driven and an effective negotiator. Producing $25M total in residential sales volume, Portia's goal is to help her clients achieve the best results when selling their homes and to make their experience an enjoyable one. She has successfully sold real estate since 2008 and has gained an in-depth knowledge of local real estate markets & seasonal trends. Portia has achieved a 100% customer satisfaction rating and wants to share her expertise & personal service with you in the sale of your home. When listing your home with Portia Green and Compass, you'll receive the hands-on service you need and desire. Portia will help you manage the entire process of selling your home from pricing, preparing and staging the house, to marketing, negotiating offers, inspections, all the way to closing. She will recommend skilled vendors for any job needed, personally host Open Houses, and ensure that all showings are accompanied. At Compass, Portia offers a wise no-nonsense way to sell your home for the best price and the least hassle. With a keen eye for staging & preparing listings to maximize Buyer appeal, all of Portia Green's listings are professionally photographed using HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography to provide the highest quality photos in the industry. Professionally printed marketing materials are prepared for all Open Houses. We also capture a 3D scan of your home that creates an interactive walkthrough online along with a custom-designed floor plan and targeted digital marketing campaigns on Google & the most popular social media channels. Compass participates in the Multiple Listing Service, which is the local real estate database of homes listed for sale that all REALTORS® use in helping their Buyers find houses. Your home will appear on every real estate website, in its best light, making a stunning camera-ready debut. Portia Green's home valuation expertise and extensive experience in comparative market analysis will help price your home accurately. She has refined her skills to help you pinpoint which features of your home will result in more showings and better results. Her mantra is for you to be ready to sell your home and feel good about that first. Portia knows that home inspectors always find a problem; that drones take some of the best photos in town; and that her eyebrows will grow to the floor in the time it takes her to read everything that's happening with your HOA, but that doesn't mean she won't do it anyway. Eyebrows be damned. You'll always need a place to unplug, connect, dream, grow, or just be yourself. That makes what Portia does even more meaningful. She’s ready to go the extra mile to help you find just the place. Whether you're selling your very first home, offloading an investment property, or want a vacation getaway with passive income, she is attentive to the details of every home sale. Portia helps busy people navigate this crazy real estate market like a pro, so don't be shy. Every great relationship starts with free advice and a friendly chat. Ask as many questions as you need to. Selling houses is her jam! www.portia.realtor