Need a Realtor? Talk to Friends, Family and check ReviewsTerry Riffe | June 4, 2015
There can be a lot of anxiety in finding your Realtor, the right person to help you buy or sell a home. After all, buyers will be spending a lot of time with them throughout the process and agents are helping them through arguably one of the biggest decisions of their life. How could anyone possibly find the right one? According to the National Association of REALTOR’s latest Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, potential buyers should talk to friends, family and check reviews to get their agent suggestions. In fact, 40 percent of buyers found their agent through a referral of a friend, family member, or neighbor (while another 12 percent used an agent they had worked with before). On the seller side, 38 percent found their Realtor through referrals and 22 percent went with an agent they had previously used.
While the Investment/Vacation home market can be somewhat different than the Residential market, surprisingly enough, my referral numbers closely coincide with those of the National Association of REALTORS®. Approximately 30 percent of buyers that came to me did so as a referral of a friend or family member while upwards of 55 percent found me through online reviews from past clients.
However you decide on the Realtor you will be working with on your next home purchase or sale, be sure to conduct a thorough interview yourself. This truly is one of the largest financial decisions most families make in their lifetime. If you would like more information on choosing your REALTOR®, or you need assistance with any other home purchasing or selling questions, call me 1(407)800-0888 or send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org.