Choosing a realtor is the first step to completing the process of selling or buying a home. The benefits of using a realtor, as opposed to going it alone, are numerous. You can read more about the benefits of using a realtor here. If you are already convinced of the benefits of using a realtor, the next question you should ask is, how do I determine which realtor is best for my situation? In order to find the best realtor for your situation, you need to find someone who is a good fit for your personality, has familiarity with the area, and has a proven track record of success. When you find someone who fits all of these categories then you have a realtor who is a good fit for your situation.

Good fit with your personality

Considering how a realtor fits with your personality may not be the first thing on your list as you search for someone to represent you in your next real estate transaction. But, this is an important factor to consider because you will be working closely with your realtor. If you are selling, you will be working with your realtor to get your home ready to be listed. In addition, you will be communicating with the realtor to schedule showings and eventually negotiating offers that come in. If you are purchasing a property you will spend time with your realtor visiting properties and eventually negotiating an offer. The close working relationship you will establish with your realtor makes it essential for you to consider how he or she fits with your personality. Making sure that the two of you are a good fit will help the entire buying or selling process go more smoothly.

Familiarity with your area

Another factor to consider as you are looking for the best realtor for your situation is the realtor’s familiarity with your area. The best realtor for your situation is one who has experience working in the area where you are buying or selling. If you are selling, then a realtor who has experience in your area will be able to reach out to potential buyers and buyer’s agents who are looking for local property. If you are buying, a realtor with familiarity in the area you want to buy can give you an insider’s look at the area.

Proven track record

The best realtor for your situation is one who has a proven track record in the real estate industry. A realtor with a proven track record can help you navigate through the complexities that come with selling or buying a home. When you choose a realtor with experience you will have a knowledgeable advocate to help you understand each step of the process, no matter what surprises come your way.

The realtor you choose can make a big difference in your buying or selling process. Take your time to find a realtor who is a good fit with your personality, has familiarity in your area, and a proven track record of success in real estate. After you spend a significant amount of time with your realtor you will be thankful that you made your choice thoughtfully and carefully.

Jameel Batshon, Broker/Co-Founder of Century 21 Cornerstone Realtors has 15 Years of Real Estate Experience with a background in Lending that started in 2002 at Household Finance Company. Jameel was Born in San Francisco, Ca and moved to the East Bay at a young age. Jameel has been a licensed Realtor since 2004.