How to Select a Realtor

Selecting the best realtor to represent you when it is time to buy and sell a home is not always an easy task. After more than 14 years in real estate, however, we have a few secrets to share that should make things easier for you.

Full Time/Full Service Professional

Would you rather have a Realtor who's moonlighting part time, or one who's 100% committed to his or her clients? There's no question there, right?

When you choose a local Realtor who is a Full Time/Full Service professional, he or she is fully committed to working in this profession and being available whenever a client is in need. Such a Realtor is experienced with the many challenges of buying and selling real estate, has the knowledge to resolve problems during negotiations and inspections, and can advise you on general concerns that may arise during the transaction.

Look for a Realtor who demonstrates passion, enthusiasm and dedication to the profession and clients. This is likeliest to be the Realtor who goes that extra mile to get you the best results.

Knowledgable, Creative Problem Solver

Your Realtor should know the market you're targeting, and should be looking out for you and your best interest. Your Realtor's market knowledge is key and can save, even make, you money.

Look for a professional Realtor who is patient, calm and skilled in creative problem solving, with the knowledge and experience to keep the transaction moving. When you're selling your home, you want a Realtor who has a strong and proven marketing strategy to attract qualified buyers. When you're looking to buy, your Realtor should have an ability to create strong offers to purchase a property with win – win terms and conditions that excite a seller and work well for the buyer.

Up-to-Date and Technically Savvy

Your Realtor should be knowledgeable and up to date with the latest technologies that affect and benefit the real estate industry. Here's just a short list of some of the tools your Realtor should offer:

  1. Email communications
    • Instant automatic email notification of new listings as they come on the market
    • Documents sent to you electronically
    • Appointment notifications sent to all sellers electronically
  2. Tools to make it easy for you to search for homes and see pictures right from your living room, bedroom or office, 24/7
  3. Listings on multiple websites like Zillow, Craigslist, Trulia, Homesdatabase, Realtor.Com and more
  4. Listings also on the website of every broker, i.e., Coldwell Banker, Keller Williams, Re/Max, Long & Foster
  5. Online 24/7 sellers' access for you to view all showing appointments and agent reviews of your home
  6. A unique website for every listing
  7. Electronic filing of every transaction, with a copy including all documents related to the transaction recorded on a cd and given to every client for their files after settlement

Well Connected with a Team of Experts

Choose a Realtor who has a team of experts to help and assist you in achieving your real estate goals. Such a team might include an experienced and reliable mortgage officer, a knowledgeable and experienced title company and a thorough and knowledgeable home inspector. The more hand-picked resources and personal recommendations your Realtor can offer, the safer you are in choosing your service providers.

A Respected, Trusted Advisor

Finally, when you're selecting a Realtor, go with your gut! You want to work with a professional who is respected and liked by others in the field…someone you feel comfortable in having assist you. It's crucial to choose a Realtor who understands you, one with whom you feel comfortable sharing your thoughts and concerns. Remember, this is a relationship built on trust and respect and your realtor should have the ability to make this real estate transaction as stress-free as possible.

When you've chosen the best realtor for your needs, you can safely view him or her not as a salesperson but as a trusted advisor, a consultant, someone who will educate you in every aspect of the real estate transaction.

How Does Maryland Residential Realty Stack Up?

Maryland Residential Realty strives to exceed all of these Realtor qualifications; we are constantly striving to improve our skills and our professionalism.

We believe you, the client, are the most important part of our business, and our goal is to provide you with an unparalleled level of service. With 99% of our business coming from referrals from our past clients and community connections, we have a proven reputation for providing outstanding service.

If you are planning – or struggling – to buy or sell your home, we'd like an opportunity to prove that reputation for stellar service to you!

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