How to Choose the Right Real Estate Agent for You

Don't just pick the first agent you find on Google. Look for agents with experience in the local market and specialize in the type of property you're buying or selling.

Written by
Scott Champagne
Published on
January 4, 2024
Read time
2 min
Category
Advice
Scott Champagne

Congratulations! You've made the exciting decision to buy or sell a home in Rhode Island. Now comes the critical task of choosing the right real estate agent to guide you through the process. As a seasoned real estate broker at Bravo Realty in Rhode Island, I've seen the good, the bad, and the downright ugly. But fear not, my friends! I'm here to share some insider tips on how to choose the right real estate agent for you.

First things first, do your research. Don't just pick the first agent you find on Google. Look for agents with experience in the local market and specialize in the type of property you're buying or selling. Check out their website, read reviews, and ask for referrals from friends or family members who have recently bought or sold a home in Rhode Island.

Next, interview potential agents. This is your chance to get to know them and see if they fit you well. Ask them about their experience, marketing strategy, and communication style. Do they prefer phone calls or emails? Are they available on weekends? Do they have a team or work solo? These are all critical factors to consider.

But wait, there's more! Don't forget to ask about their commission structure. While commission rates are negotiable, knowing how much you'll pay your agent and what services are included is essential. And speaking of services, ensure you understand what your agent will do for you. Will they handle everything from start to finish, or will you be responsible for some tasks?

Now for the fun part - personality! You want to work with an agent who you like and trust. Buying or selling a home can be stressful, so having someone who can make you laugh and ease your worries is essential. Do they have a sense of humor? Are they personable? Do they listen to your needs and concerns?

Last but not least, make sure your agent is licensed and in good standing with the state of Rhode Island. You can check their license status online or ask for proof of their license.

In summary, when choosing the right real estate agent for you in Rhode Island, research, interview potential agents, ask about their commission and services, consider their personality, and verify their license. And if all else fails, just remember - Bravo Realty has your back!