There is no shortage of real estate professionals in our area. If you start asking around you will likely find that almost everyone you know has some kind of connection to an agent. Sometimes those connections are nearby and you may be tempted to go with one of those options. A recommendation from a friend is a great place to start your search for a top notch realtor. But, do not base your entire decision solely on the recommendation of a friend. Do some of your own research about any realtor you are considering so you end up with someone who is truly top notch. To help you with your search, we have compiled a list of signs you can look for to help you identify a top notch realtor.

  1. They have experience.

Experience counts for a lot in the world of real estate. There are so many ways a transaction can go wrong or fall apart. Experienced realtors have seen many different types of situations and can help you navigate any issues that arise during your transaction. An experienced realtor can help you understand what is going on with your transaction so you do not become overwhelmed or frozen with indecision.

  1. They answer your questions.

Questions are going to come up throughout your real estate transaction. It is important that you feel like your realtor is willing to listen to and answer your questions. This may seem like an obvious point but you would be surprised to find out how difficult it can be to get some agents to respond to your questions. Sometimes it is simply because an agent is too busy, but you need to do your best to determine that before you make your choice. You can get a sense about a realtor’s responsiveness during your early interactions. When you called or emailed with initial questions did someone respond? Were you able to set up an initial meeting time relatively easily? Make sure the realtor you are considering has the time and/or support staff available to answer your questions so you do not feel like you are alone in the process.

  1. They know the area you’re in.

Familiarity with the area you are in should be a top priority in your search for a high quality realtor. When you realtor knows the area, it helps the entire process go more smoothly. They can provide you with information quickly because of their experience with the area. In addition, they likely have connections in the area that can aide you during and after you make your sell or purchase.

  1. They’ve made technology integration a priority.

Technology is an essential part of most modern businesses and real estate is no exception. In fact, technology has become so important in the world of real estate it is difficult to imagine how things were done before the internet. But, not all real estate agents have embraced technology at the same level. There are online tools available that make the process of searching for homes, marketing properties, and even signing documents quicker and easier. Make sure these options are available to you from the realtor you are considering. You can learn a lot about an agent’s technology integration by looking at their online presence.

  1. They have a long list of satisfied previous clients.

The fifth sign that you have found a top notch realtor is their list of satisfied customers. This sign is listed last but that does not mean it is the least important of the five. Happy clients are a big indicator of a top notch realtor. Look at reviews online and ask potential realtors for references. Then, actually take the time to get in touch with the people who are willing to recommend the realtor. This task will give you peace of mind and help you make the best choice.

If you find a realtor who shows you all five of these signs then you have likely found someone who is top notch. Remember, you are going to have an extended working relationship with your realtor. It is worth the trouble to take your time and find someone who is truly high quality.

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.