What's Their Experience?The length of time an agent has been practicing can tell a lot about their level of knowledge. Ask how long they've been a licensed salesperson and how long they've been actively practicing. Many agents will get their license and then place it in a holding account, but not practice regularly. This could be a huge indication that they may not be up-to-date on the most recent federal and state real estate laws. That's a risk you don't want to take.
What is their knowledge of the lake area? If you get an agent who is not familiar with the unique lake area they may not know important information such as potential future building plans that may change zoning regulations, school districts, or neighborhoods and subdivisions like a local lake-seasoned agent would.
Check out their Track RecordDon't be afraid to ask your potential agent for a report of their recent sales, not just their general sales volume or number of sales, but a list of actual sales they've closed on. This will give you the opportunity to see what the listings were originally listed for and what the closing price was, and it will give you an idea of the type of properties and areas they have experience working with. If you know which area of the Lake of the Ozarks you're wanting to live in, ask the agent to provide you with a list of properties they've closed on in or near that area. This will give you an idea of their knowledge of the area.
Get Those ReferencesYou request references from babysitters, employees, and check reviews before buying on Amazon., Hiring a real estate agent is no different. Get references and check them. Read testimonials on their website. Check their social media accounts for customer reviews. Knowledge is power, and you'll feel much more comfortable making a decision if you know the agent has glowing reviews.
Do They Listen or Talk?Pay attention to how the agent handles the conversation. A good agent will ask you to tell them what you're looking for and take notes. Their goal should be to have an ideal understanding of your wants and needs before starting the search. A good listener will summarize your desires and eliminate the hassle of showing you properties you have no interest in. Find out how involved they plan to be in the search: are they going to actively search for homes, or are they going to sit back and wait for you to bring one to their attention? You don't want to waste time with an agent who makes you do their job.
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