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Winning qualities to look for in a real estate agent

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With so many Minneapolis real estate agents out there, finding the right one can be a challenge. Whether you’re buying or selling a home, the realtor you hire should have these key traits:

Expert local knowledge

The real estate agent you choose should know the community you are interested in like the back of their hand. They should tell you if the community has good schools, amenities, a low crime rate, and other deciding factors. Having an agent who knows about the local market can also give you great advice on the best time to buy or sell.

Years of experience

An experienced agent has already honed their skills and learned to adapt to any situation. If they are backed by years of experience, they won’t be so easily fazed by clients who change their mind at a drop of a hat or unforeseen issues that come up.

The more experienced agents also have a better eye for detail that comes with being on the job for a long time. They’ll be able to spot red flags that you won’t see on your own, and they could also spot a home’s potential.

Great communication skills

Find an agent that knows how to keep you updated about your transaction. Your realtor should be able to explain the buying or selling process clearly and answer any questions you may have. It’s important that your agent is someone you can easily get in touch with so you won’t be left in the dark about your sale.

Aside from great communication skills, your agent should also be a good listener. They need to understand your needs and expectations so they can help you achieve your real estate goals.

Well-connected

An agent with connections to other real estate professionals will make the buying and selling process easier and run more smoothly. Buyers will have easy access to home inspectors, contractors, and movers. Sellers, on the other hand, will have no problem getting in touch with home stagers and photographers.

Knows how to get creative

This trait is especially important when it comes to selling a house. There are plenty of homes for sale in Minneapolis, MN and it’s up to your real estate agent to make yours stand out. Find an agent who will go the extra mile to get your property noticed and sold for the best price.

Creativity is also a must when it comes to negotiations. When you’re buying a home, a good agent knows other ways to make your offer stand out aside from raising your bid.

Gives their honest opinion

You won’t benefit from an agent who only tells you what you want to hear. Remember, a good agent will work hard to get you what you want but, at the same time, will keep your expectations in check. They’ll give their honest opinion on the pros and cons of a home you want to buy and how you can improve the house you want to sell.

Has a good reputation

A great way to gauge a real estate agent’s professionalism and work ethic is by finding out what their past clients have to say about them. Check the testimonials on the agent’s website or ask them for references. Find out if they’ve received any awards or recognition given by the industry or community. The best real estate agent is someone who has strong references and a proven success rate.

Looking for someone who ticks all those boxes? Get in touch with me, Adam Fonda, today and let me help you buy or sell your home. Call me at 612-308-5008 or send an email to adam(dotted)fonda(at)lakesmn(dotted)com.