No matter whether you want to buy or sell, it makes sense to hire a real estate broker. Alongside many other functions, they can help you appraise any property, market your property, negotiate a price for you, help with paperwork, and even get you a mortgage.
Finding the perfect broker for you is not that hard. Here is a set of guidelines for making sure that you make the right choice.
For starters, getting someone who has been on the job for a reasonable time is a really good idea. The more experience they have had the better they will be with all the tasks required.
Also, it is useful if they have experience selling properties similar to yours, so it pays to look at their current and past listings. Check what their frequency of transactions are as this is a good indicator of success.
They need to have all the correct licenses and qualifications also. As well as the general license, many will have further experience and qualifications in particular areas of real estate, such as traditional homes.
Another indicator of the quality of broker is if they have received any types of award or have some particular standing with the community. Likewise, check with the local licensing authority to see whether they have had any grievances laid about them in the past, as this is illuminating.
Ask around amongst friends and family to see if anyone has experience with a broker. Alternatively, you could ask around about recommendations for a good broker, as a personal testimony is often the most trustworthy.
If you are moving somewhere new, the best thing to do is to find someone who has lived there for a decent amount of time. This will ensure that they have local knowledge and will be able to help you the most.