Finding a good real estate agent involves several aspects: seeking an opinion of trusted sources, getting word-of-mouth recommendations, doing a bit of research and getting good answers to one's questions. If an agent is a member of the National Association of Realtors, that's an excellent starting point.
Not all real estate agents are alike, as explained by HGTV's Front Door. Some are knowledgeable, flexible and creative in their approaches, while others are not. Some urge a higher listing price for a home than the market can bear, a process known as "buying the listing." Unfortunately, this process can leave the seller with a home that lingers unsold on the market. That's why along with getting good recommendations, checking a listing agent's credentials is key.
Members of the National Association of Realtors are the only real estate agents who can actually call themselves Realtors. This designation tells a seller that the agent has been trained extensively in home buying and selling processes, is an ethical businessperson and knows how to present a home to its key market in the best possible way.
Realtors can also get additional training and certifications in specific types of transactions, such as those involving military relocation, resort or vacation homes or buyers and sellers over 50 years of age. For those in special circumstances, these uniquely trained Realtors can be invaluable partners. Regardless of specialization, however, a good real estate agent is a market-savvy professional who makes the buying or selling process as smooth and stress-free as possible.