Real estate transactions can be a complicated process, and one that may drag on for a long time, in some cases as long as six months or more. So, whether you’re buying or selling a home here in the Dublin, CA area, choosing the right realtor will make your life a lot easier, and will also help ensure that your best interests are being protected. But with over 195,000 currently active real estate agents in the state of California, how do you choose the best one for you to work with? Here are a few points to consider, which we feel will help you with this important decision:
How long have they been selling real estate?
I’m not suggesting that the only person you should work with is a veteran member of the “old boy network”. But buying or selling a home is a large transaction, something that most of us only do once or twice in a lifetime, so you want to make sure you have a seasoned professional in your corner. Experts in the field tend to recommend working with a realtor with at least five years of experience, though that certainly doesn’t mean that someone with less seniority won’t do a good job for. Ask how many homes they’ve sold, how many they’ve listed, and whether this is their full-time job, to get an idea of the background and depth of experience of the realtor you’re considering working with. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the realtor with the highest volume of business is the right one for you, though, as I’ll explain…
How many clients, on average are they working with?
As I already mentioned, you’re probably better off with someone who has listed and sold a good number of homes in the Dublin, CA area. But this question will also help you answer another, perhaps even more important one: “Will you have enough time to give my transaction the attention it deserves?”. If the realtor is working with dozens of clients, is your deal going to get lost by the wayside? Is there a support staff at the office to help you when the agent is busy with other business?
What areas do they cover?
Let’s be perfectly clear on this subject: any realtor who is licensed by the state of California is legally able to sell homes anywhere in the state. However, an intimate familiarity with Dublin, CA and its environs will enable your realtor to better match up a buyer with the right home in the right location. How much do they know about the best restaurants, or nightlife? Knowledge of school districts, commuting times and general market trends will be a very big plus here, as will insight into any changes that may be brewing, like rezoning, or any undesirable construction or industry that’s being planned for the neighborhood.
The key point is not to simply choose the first realtor whose sign you see on a neighbor’s lawn. Starting with strong recommendations from friends and family who have bought or sold a home in recent years, and asking vital questions like those I’ve suggested, will help you identify a realtor that you can comfortably work with on this important and challenging process.