The Commonwealth Blog

Monday, June 3, 2019

How to Find the Perfect Real Estate Agent

It takes work to buy or sell a home—oftentimes, more work than you anticipated. Real estate agents in the Boston area speed up the home-buying or selling process with knowledge of local markets and trends. Do the appropriate research ahead of time to find an agent who can help sell or buy your home quickly and for the best price.

Know What to Look For

Know what qualities to look for in an agent before beginning your search—you’ll save yourself time and money when you select an agent who understands your unique needs and preferences. Alongside finding a best-fit match, we recommend working with an agent who is responsive, knowledgeable, and highly qualified.

Responsive Agents

Responsive agents are more likely to answer their phones or respond to emails when you need them. This is especially important in hot markets like Boston where homes sell quickly. You’ll want to be kept in the loop by a responsive agent so you can place a bid before your competition does.  

The same goes for sellers: You need to know of impressive bids as they arrive so you can seal the deal before a buyer potentially changes their mind. Agents should maintain excellent communication with sellers and prospective buyers to ensure fast, effective sales and purchases. Make sure your agent doesn’t take responsiveness for granted.

Knowledgeable Agents

Look for an agent with knowledge of your local real estate market. They likely have more experience buying and selling homes in your area than you do, which helps take the guesswork out of things. Agents help buyers avoid spam listings and properties they won’t like. They also determine market conditions and pricing to help buyers and sellers with their financial decisions.

Real estate agents in Boston and have extensive knowledge of the city’s many communities and surrounding neighborhoods. They’re prepared to help you buy your dream home or sell your house quickly because they’re well connected to the area: They likely have buyers lined up to see your home, and they probably know of a few properties you’d love to move to.

Agents with Credentials

You have a right to size up your agent’s record as a buyer or seller—and you should if you want to save time and money on a sale or purchase. Use the following tactics to investigate your agent’s qualifications (if they don’t flat out tell you) and know you’re working with an industry professional.

  • Check for Licensing: Find out whether your agent is licensed or has received complaints through your state’s regulatory body.
  • Ask about credentials: Agents may be CRS (Certified Residential Specialist), ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative), or SRES-certified (Seniors Real Estate Specialist), meaning they’ve completed additional training to become experts in their respective fields. An agent who is a Realtor has pledged to support the code of ethics outlined by the National Association of Realtors (NAR).
  • Look at Current Listings: Their current listings indicate the kind of properties they help clients buy or sell. Check to see if they match your own property or dream house.

Ask the Right Questions

After completing a bit of research, you probably have a handful of agents in mind you’d like to work with or at least interview. Zillow recommends asking the following questions while meeting a prospective agent for the first time.

  • What’s included in your services?
  • Is your fee negotiable?
  • What’s your experience in the neighborhood?
  • What are your hours?
  • How do you plan to market the home?
  • Do you have references?
  • Does this contract include a cancellation clause?

Go Forth with Confidence

With a bit of preparation and investigating, you’ll find an agent prepared to help you buy or sell your home. Browse our list of qualified agents in the Boston area to confidently move forward in the right direction.


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