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How to find a good real estate agent

Once you decide to sell or purchase a home in Louisiana, you may find yourself at a crossroads about what you should do next. Regardless of the type of real estate transaction you intend to make, you should find a real estate agent you can trust to help. A good agent can mean the difference between you having a great and hassle-free experience and a troublesome one. 

Although real estate agents sell and show houses all the time, they may not necessarily represent your best interests. Here are some tips to improve your chances of choosing a good real estate agent for your situation. 

Set some standards 

It is important for you to have an idea of the type of real estate agent you want to work with. Make a list of characteristics and standards that you want in an agent. For example, if you are selling your home, you want an agent who will sell your home fast and for a great price. You may not want to work with a professional who sets your home’s price too high. Overpriced homes sit longer on the market and sell for far less than what the owners initially price them for. 

The same thing goes if you are shopping for houses. You should avoid real estate agents who only want to show you homes that are at the upper end of your budget. Agents who are out to serve their best interests are not concerned about yours. Their self-serving behaviors could result in you not getting the best deal possible. 

Get referrals from friends and family 

Ask your family and friends for recommendations. They can help you to steer clear of bad professionals and help to shorten the duration of your search. You should learn about their experiences to gain insight on potential mistakes to avoid while you are buying or selling a home. 

Interview prospects 

Interview several real estate agents so you can get a feel for their personalities and work ethics. Investigate their credentials and ask them questions about their knowledge and experience. Find out about their availability and flexibility. Some real estate agents work part-time and may not be able to accommodate your schedule. Inquire about the approach they plan to take to help you accomplish your real estate goals. Do not forget to request references so you can verify them and better assess their suitability. 

Choosing the right real estate agent may seem like a challenging task. But the process is much easier when you do not rush so you can thoroughly vet your options. The right agent can help you to avoid complications that could interfere with the sale or purchase of property. If you are thinking about selling or buying a home, you should speak to an attorney before you sign any paperwork for guidance.

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