22 May, 2015

6 Tips for Picking a Real Estate Agent

So you’ve finally decided to list your house and start the search for a new home. The next step is choosing a real estate agent that can help you...

So you’ve finally decided to list your house and start the search for a new home. The next step is choosing a real estate agent that can help you navigate the buying and selling process. We know this can be a tough decision, so we’ve put together a list to help you pick the right real estate agent for you!

  1. Look up licensing
    Every state requires agents to go through a licensing process. Michigan has multiple levels of licensure with each step up requiring increased pre-licensing and continued education. You can verify a real estate agent’s license/registration and check that it is still in good standing online at Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
  2. Talk with recent clients
    Recent clients know first-hand about their real estate agent’s work ethic. Be sure to ask them about their experience when working with the agent and if they would recommend them to you. Don’t have direct access to any recent clients? Jump online and read reviews and testimonials for a fast and accurate depiction of how they work.
  3. Consider awards and accolades
    A great way to see if your prospective real estate agent holds merit in the industry is to look up any awards or accolades that they themselves, or their company, have received. BlueWest Properties is proud to have an award-winning team! Just recently, Meghan Heritage was nominated for the prestigious Top 20 under 40 Young Professionals in Northwest Ottawa County Award.
  4. Pick an agent with the right credentials
    Every agent excels in different areas of the industry and it’s important you find the right fit for you. We’re lucky to have assembled a well-rounded team at BlueWest with such broad reach in the industry. Are you a first time home buyer? Agents Amber Kunnen or Jessica Withey would be happy to help you on the search for your perfect home. If you’re looking to downsize or simplify your lifestyle, our agent Lori Perez can help you find a retirement community or home.
  5. Ask about other houses for sale nearby
    Think you’ve finally narrowed down your search? Take a minute to ask them about comparable homes for sale in your area. They should know off the top of their head a few details and price points about the available listings. This information will show that they’ve done their research and that they’re knowledgeable about the area.
  6. Ask for references from trusted friends
    Perhaps the easiest and most effective way to find the best real estate agent for you is to ask your trusted friends and family. They will have your best interest in mind and may steer you towards a good fit or away from a potential mistake!

Ready to take the next step? Fill out our online contact form or give us a call at (616) 843-0603 with any comments or questions you may have on buying or selling your home and one of our top agents at BlueWest Properties will be in touch with you soon!