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Sound Off: What should I look for in a Realtor?

Published 6:19 pm, Friday, December 20, 2013

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  • Damon Knox
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A: One of the most important things to remember when choosing a Realtor is that they must know your neighborhood and your community well.

You want a Realtor who has consistently represented clients in your area, and who has local and community knowledge. Ask the Realtor for their resume, testimonials from past clients and for references from their last five transactions.

When choosing your Realtor you want them to give you a complete written marketing proposal as to how they will market your home to the real estate community and to the public.

They should give you a comparative market analysis of homes that have sold in your neighborhood or surrounding areas in the last six months that are comparable to your home with regard to square-footage, lot size, bedrooms, baths and finishes.

When choosing a Realtor, remember you are entering into a relationship, so it is important that you select a Realtor with experience and who you trust and communicate well with.

Lisa Lange,

Coldwell Banker Real Estate,

(415) 464-3318, lisalange@coldwellbanker.com; Kathleen Daly,

Coldwell Banker Real Estate,

(415) 925-3205, kdaly@coldwellbanker.com.

A: It is really important to work with a real estate agent who you can trust and with whom you feel comfortable.

The journey of both buying and selling a home tends to be bumpy at times and is often not a straight line from point A to point B.

Choose someone whose way of seeing things matches your own: Are you a "big picture" person who does not need to know the minute details of every step of the process, or rather more "information-driven?"

Employ an agent who has experience, whose manner is professional and who has an intimate knowledge of the neighborhoods that you are considering moving into or out of.

Your agent should be a good listener. This is about you. In order to understand your needs and goals, she/he must know who you are, what you want and why.

There are plenty of good agents out there.

Happy hunting!

Karen Starr,

The Grubb Co.,

(510) 339-0400 ext. 224, starr@grubbco.com

A: Buyers and sellers have very different needs, though what to look for in a Realtor may vary based on specific transactions. Some of the characteristics of a good Realtor that are common across the board include communication skills, trustworthiness, responsiveness and experience.

You should be able to easily communicate with and trust the guidance you receive from your agent representatives. When your Realtor acts as your advocate and representative, you need to trust they always have your best interest in mind.

Responsiveness is paramount. In all real estate transactions, time is of the essence. A good Realtor helps all involved parties understand the priority and timing of each step of the transaction, and is willing to shepherd through those steps most critical to successfully closing the deal.

In terms of experience, the Bay Area market is a dynamic environment and it's best to work with someone who is active and fully engaged in the brokerage community. Keep in mind that experience is best evaluated on the specific subject matter expertise required for each transaction instead of the number of years one has been practicing.

Damon Knox,

Zephyr Real Estate,

(415) 235-8950. damon@damonknox.com