There is no shortage of realtors that can help you find or sell a home in San Ramon. It can be overwhelming to start the search when there are so many options available. Before you get overwhelmed and simply go with the first name you see, take a few minutes to learn about how you can sift through some of the options. As you start your search for a realtor in San Ramon, keep these three things in mind: familiarity with the area is important, experience is essential, and you should feel comfortable with your realtor.

Familiarity with the area is important

When you move to a new area, having someone familiar with the area to show you around and answer questions is invaluable. Instead of learning things about your new town the hard way-through trial and error-you can get insider advice. What roads should you avoid in the mornings? Which neighborhoods offer the easiest access to the essentials of your lifestyle? Where do locals go for a meal out? What is the night life like? Are there a variety of family friendly activities available? Questions like these can be easily answered by someone who is familiar with the area. The value of familiarity also extends to the realtor you choose. A realtor who is familiar with the city you want to live in can help guide you to the neighborhoods and houses that fit within your wants and needs. Each real estate market is unique and has its own set of nuances. In order to have the best chance of finding the home that is right for you in San Ramon, look for a realtor that is familiar with the area and has worked with local buyers and sellers in the past.

Experience is essential

Buying or selling a house is a major event financially, logistically, and even emotionally. It can impact just about every area of your life. That is why it is essential for you to look for a realtor with a lot of experience. An experienced realtor will know how to handle anything that comes up throughout the home buying or selling process. Experience can significantly decrease the level of stress you experience because it minimizes the unknowns. Do not hesitate to ask potential realtors specific questions about their experience. Have you worked with buyers or sellers in the San Ramon area before? How many real estate transactions were you a part of in the last year? Have you worked with someone with my needs before? What sets you apart from the other realtors in this area? These are some examples of questions you should ask a potential realtor. You can also make the questions more specific to your situation-whether you are buying or selling. A top-notch realtor will expect these types of questions and be happy to answer them.

You should feel comfortable with your realtor

You need to consider whether or not you would like working with a particular realtor before you make a decision. If you are buying, you may end up spending a significant amount of time with this person looking at properties. If you are selling, your realtor is the representative for your home to potential buyers and/or buyer’s agents. Talk to potential realtors on the phone and then take some time to meet with the top contenders face to face. It is worth the time and effort it takes to find a realtor that you are comfortable working with.

Now that you know what to keep in mind as you search for a realtor in San Ramon, you can sift through the options with confidence and make the best choice for you.

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.