There is as much diversity in the housing market in the Cooper Young/Midtown area as there are in people that live in the community. There is truly something for everyone with as wide array of housing prices and styles as there are people that live in them.

Selecting a realtor that is tuned into the local community is must.  Whether buying or selling you definitely need someone that is not only familiar with the community you are interested in but also the surrounding area.  Someone that will listen to  your wants and needs and that can help you achieve them. It is not your realtors responsibility to lead you in any one direction.

They are there to help you make sure that you are headed in the right direction according to your goals.Your home is one of the biggest investments you will possibly make, so being well informed is a must.  Interview several real estate agents before making a decision.  You need to pick a person that you feel is well informed and that will listen to your needs.

 

Here are few things you should look into when hiring an agent:

  1. How long have they been in the business? Don’t shy away from someone new to the real estate business. If they have chosen a good broker to work with then they should have a good mentor to guide them. New agents are usually eager and strive to be well informed and tuned into the community.  No matter how long someone has been in the real estate business spend some time talking to them to get to know them and see if they are a good fit for you.
  2. Speak with some of their recent clients.
  3. Look them up on the state board of realtors for any disciplinary actions.
  4. Check out their credentials. Do they have any specialty designations, such as CRS, ABR, SRES.
  5. Ask about their listings and what is available in the area. Keep in mind an agent can show you not only their company listings but any other company’s listings also.
  6. Are they a full time or part time agent?  If part time what is your availability?
  7. What is their commission rate?

 

Most of all choose someone that you are comfortable with.  This may be the biggest investment that you make in your lifetime so choose your home and your realtor wisely.