How to Spot a Good Realtor | Top 3 Habits for Success

  • Bonnie Spindler
  • 01/10/16

3 Habits of Highly Successful Realtors You Should Know

If you’re looking for a San Francisco realtor to help assist in your home buying or selling venture, chances are, you’re doing a lot of research.
 
People from all over the world want to live in this city and will pay a pretty penny to do so. By hiring a reputable realtor from the area, you can ensure that you’ll get the most out of your investment.
Finding a realtor to help with your buying or selling ventures is only half the battle. There are hundreds of realtors in San Francisco that all claim to be the best—which ones really are?
Before you make a decision, here are three habits to look out for to spot a highly successful realtor.
 
 

1. Prompt Responses to Emails and Phone Calls

Having strong communication skills is one of the first and most important habits to look out for. While some realtors may be busy and cannot answer the phone or emails right away, be sure that their responses are timely.
 
You should be your realtor’s top priority. Waiting days to receive a response to an email or phone call is the first sign that the realtor does not have their priorities set straight. A highly successful realtor always has their phone with them and should put your needs above their own. Ensure that you are being the way you should be.
 

2. The Realtor Has Extensive Knowledge of San Francisco Neighborhoods

Don’t let the typical, “neighborhood expert” slogan fool you. Ask the realtor any and all questions about the neighborhood that you desire to live in. If the realtor cannot provide you with solid, concrete answers, you may want to consider hiring another realtor.
 
A highly successful realtor should not only know the details of the neighborhoods in the city you desire to live in, but should be able to make suggestions based on your overall needs. If you are looking to start a family, your realtor should know that downtown San Francisco might not be the most convenient option for new parents.
 
Your realtor should know the details of the neighborhood itself, such as schools, parks, highway access, and other amenities, as well as the latest market trends. Is the market high in this area right now? Is it the best time to buy in this neighborhood? Your realtor should be able to provide you with accurate and honest answers to these questions.
 

3. Explain & Keep You in the Loop with What They Are Doing

Your realtor works for you—not the other way around. Every highly successful realtor knows this. They should take the time to ensure that you are fully aware with everything that is happening in your home buying or home selling process.
 
They should be more than willing to explain the process, the potential roadblocks, and a few scenarios that could occur in your journey. No matter if you are buying or selling a home, they should keep you in the loop with every offer that is made, every negotiation conversation had, and their ideas on how to change their strategy in your favor.
 
Regular communication throughout your entire real estate venture is key for a successful partnership.
 
 

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