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What Should You Look for in a Real Estate Agent?

Are you planning to buy or sell property this year? If you are nodding your head “yes” you may want to work with a real estate agent to guide you through the process. However, it’s important to choose the right realty company for your needs—how are you supposed to decide? The experts at Coakley Realty have prepared a few questions you can ask a potential agent.

If you’re ready to talk to a real estate company in the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC area, call Coakley Realty today at 301-340-8700.

Question One: How Long Have You Been in Business?

Experience can be a huge indicator of success. If a company has been open for decades, the real estate agents working with that agency will likely have an expert understanding of the marketplace. Think about it—if an agent is new, you will likely be part of the learning process for them. It’s a good idea to stick with a company that has the experience and expertise needed to buy and sell in your area.

Question Two: What Are Your Current Listings?

This question will hopefully lead to your real estate agent showing you the available listings with the company. That way, you can look at how closely the agent’s listings reflect the property you want to buy or sell. Here are some questions you should ask yourself as you take in this information:

  • Are these properties in the same or similar areas as my property?
  • Is the price range similar?
  • Does the agent have enough listings to display that business is going well?

Once you’ve answered these questions, you’ll have a better grasp on whether this real estate agent will work for you.

Question 3: Can You Share References?

By asking for specific references, you’ll be able to see if the company has clients who will endorse them and you’ll hopefully get a chance to speak with others who can honestly gauge how well the company did.

You can also inquire how much business comes from referrals or repeat business—that way, you can determine if a prior client will continue to come back or if they may share the company’s name with friends, which means those clients had a good experience.

Find a Reliable Real Estate Agent in Maryland, Virginia, & Washington, DC

Are you searching for trusted realty services in the metropolitan DC area? Coakley Realty has been a dependable and leading real estate company serving VA, MD & DC since 1925! Our team strives to bring excellence, integrity, and tradition to each of our clients. If you want to ask our agents questions we listed above, call 301-340-8700 or fill out a contact form today!