How to Pick a Real Estate Agent


Purchasing a home is one of the largest financial decisions you can make, and it’s a

process that can be both emotionally and financially taxing. It can feel

overwhelming, but the right real estate agent will be there to guide you through it

every step of the way. They’ll steer you toward homes that meet your needs, help

you find a great mortgage and ensure the whole thing goes smoothly from start to

finish. And while there are no shortage of agents out there, some are more qualified

than others to be your partner in the process.

Whether you’re buying or selling your next home, here are some tips to help you

pick the best agent for you:

Start with referrals. This is one of the best ways to find an agent, and it’s also a

great way to get a sense of their professionalism. Ask friends, family members and

other trusted professionals in your network to recommend an agent who’s helped

them or someone they know. Then, take the time to interview potential agents and

compare their experiences, market knowledge and working style.

Ask for a detailed plan of action. When you’re interviewing potential agents, they

should be able to provide you with a clear idea of how they would market your home

and attract buyers to it. If they can’t, they’re probably not as experienced or skilled

at their job as they claim to be. For more info

How long have you been in the real estate business? This can be a good indication of how much experience an agent has and whether they’re likely to be calm under

pressure. It’s also a good way to see if they’re well-established enough to be around

for the long haul and won’t disappear after a few years.

Ask how many clients they work with at any given time. While it’s perfectly legal for

an agent to represent multiple clients in the same transaction, it’s a little tricky and

may create conflicts of interest. Ideally, an agent should only be representing one

party at a time—buyers or sellers—but this isn’t always possible, and it’s important

to be aware of any potential issues before you sign on the dotted line.

Pay attention to tone. Anger, name-calling and other negative language could be red

flags. It’s also important to note how an agent responds to negative reviews; how

they handle complaints and criticism can tell you a lot about their character,

professionalism and customer service skills.

While you may be tempted to go with the most experienced agent, don’t put too

much weight on this factor. The most important quality is an agent who has your

best interests at heart, and that may mean they have different experience than you

  1. For example, the needs of first-time homebuyers are very different from those of

experienced homeowners looking to downsize.