Buying a home is a big investment - the biggest in most of our lives. Whether you are buying, selling or both, taking the time to find the right real estate agent will help make your home buying/selling experience better in the long run.
In this article, we’ll go over a few tips you can use to find a qualified real estate agent, when it comes to buying or selling a home in Chapel Hill.
1. Look For A Realtor, Not Just A Real Estate Agent
All Realtors are real estate agents – but not every real estate agent is a Realtor. To become a Realtor, a real estate agent must join the NAR (National Association of Realtors).
What’s the difference? A Realtor signs the NAR Code of Ethics, pledging to follow a comprehensive list of articles, standards and practices that establish the highest possible level of conduct for real estate agents. At Chapel Hill Realty, all of our real estate agents are Realtors.
2. Get Recommendations From Friends, Family & Colleagues
This is a great place to start if you have a lot of connections in the Chapel Hill area. Chances are that your social network can refer you to some reliable, knowledgeable real estate agents in the area. From there, you can begin narrowing down the list, and choosing the agents you believe will be the best for you.
3. Look At Online Listings, Websites & Reviews
Once you’ve gotten some referrals and recommendations, you can start looking at the online listings, websites and reviews for the Realtor you’re considering. Reading online reviews and checking out the Realtor candidate’s website is a good way to learn more about what they do – and ensure they’re a good fit for your needs.
4. Attend Open Houses To Meet The Real Estate Agent
If you’d like to meet with a real estate agent and learn more about how they work, you can go to an open house they’re hosting. Pay attention to how they behave throughout the open house. Are they polite? Knowledgeable about the home? Informative? Do they know a lot about the local market? Look for an agent who is engaged and willing to talk with you about the home – not one who is either lacking engagement or overbearing.
5. Schedule Interviews With Your Top Candidates
Once you have a list of a few top candidates, you should schedule a sit-down interview with each one. Take this time to ask any questions you may have about buying or selling a home in Chapel Hill, and develop a better understanding of your candidate’s personality, qualifications and professional demeanor – and you’re sure to choose a qualified real estate agent!
Need Help? Get In Touch With Chapel Hill Realty Group!
At Chapel Hill Realty Group, our experienced Realtors specialize in buying and selling homes in Chapel Hill. Our goal is to provide a level of knowledge, responsiveness and quality service unrivaled in the Chapel Hill, NC market.
Contact us online or call (919) 740-0884 to speak with one of our Realtors and learn more about our qualifications and expertise, so that we may help you find your dream home!