Whether you’re a buyer, seller, or investor, you want to have a positive experience with the realtor you hire to help sell or buy real estate — especially when that realtor comes highly recommended and boasts numerous awards and recognitions. While it’s important not to jump from realtor to realtor over trivial issues, sometimes the partnership just isn’t working out, and you must cut ties and find a new professional.
As you begin the search to find a new realtor specializing in Long Beach real estate, you may find yourself with a long list of potential candidates. Competition amongst real estate experts is stiff. The housing market is fast-paced, and as a buyer or seller, you will likely have high expectations of your realtor. However, before you hire a new Long Beach realtor, there are several red flags you should be aware of.
A great realtor is not just someone who is experienced in real estate and in your area but also someone with communication skills, with the ability to manage all types of personalities, expectations, and demands.
Your realtor is nowhere to be found
A great realtor knows what repairs are essential, which upgrades will boost value, and how to properly stage a home to bring in the maximum number of offers possible. If your realtor is not showing up and not responding to your attempts to communicate, it is time to get a new real estate professional.
As a Long Beach realtor for more than 15 years with a cohort of top-tier real estate agents, I, Ginette Skelton, can tell you firsthand that the number one job of a realtor is to connect with the client. Yes, we sell properties and help our clients find their dream homes, but we also make connections and build lasting professional relationships with our clients. Communication and responsiveness are key when selling or purchasing real estate.
You can’t find your home online
If you can find your home online, ensure your pictures accurately showcase your property as one of the most sought-after Long Beach luxury homes for sale. Professional photography is crucial when it comes to receiving top dollar for your house, and when selling high-priced real estate, money is everything. If your listing does not highlight the home’s best features, it may not do well when competing for other luxury homes for sale, thus increasing the risk of buyers passing it in favor of the next best property.
Your realtor should have data-backed marketing skills that will help generate buzz around your home. This includes listing it on their website and social media platforms.
Your realtor is unfamiliar with your home and neighborhood
If you’re purchasing a home, your realtor should have a good understanding of the neighborhoods you’re interested in. They’ll know how far everyday amenities are from the neighborhood, such as schools, grocery stores, pharmacies, and your place of work. Furthermore, they’ll be able to tell you about amenities available inside the neighborhoods you like, such as community parks, pools, clubhouses, golf courses, and more. A realtor who cannot chat with you, and your potential buyers, about your home and your neighborhood should not be selling your house or helping you purchase one.