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Three Tips for Finding the Best Real Estate Agent

Buying or selling a home can be a complex and time-consuming process. Selecting the right real estate professional can make all the difference, whether you are buying or selling a home. Here are three tips to help you choose the best agent for your goals:

How Are Their Communication Skills?

Good communication is vital when working with a real estate professional. Look for someone who is responsive, listens to your needs and concerns, and keeps you updated throughout the process. They should be able to explain complex terms and concepts in simple language, plus be able to answer your questions in a timely and efficient manner.

Find a Good Fit

Choosing the right real estate professional is a personal decision, and finding someone who is a good fit for your personality, communication style, and goals is crucial. It’s important to look for someone who is professional, trustworthy, and easy to work with, and to consider factors such as their availability, flexibility, and willingness to work around your schedule.

A good agent will take the time to understand your goals and priorities, whether you’re buying or selling. They will focus on properties that meet your criteria if you’re buying, and know exactly how to price your home and protect your best interests if you’re selling.

Look for an Agent Who Knows Your Local Market

Finding an agent who is an expert in your desired area is key, whether you’re buying or selling. Their local market knowledge will give you the upper hand when negotiating prices, showcasing your home, uncovering lesser-known neighborhoods, and getting a jump on listings.

Choosing a real estate professional with a proven track record of success in the local market is also important. Consider factors such as their experience, credentials, and industry reputation. Ensure that they are knowledgeable about current market conditions and have experience handling transactions similar to yours.


And one last thing. Don’t forget that when Salal members use an approved real estate agent in the HomeAdvantage network, you can earn Cash Rewards* equal to 20% of your agent’s commission. A HomeAdvantage specialist can help you find the right agent to fit your specific needs and wants and get you on your way to savings. Get more details about HomeAdvantage.

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*The HomeAdvantage program is made available to members through a relationship between Salal Credit Union and HomeAdvantage. Cash Rewards are awarded through the HomeAdvantage program to buyers and sellers who select and use a real estate agent in the HomeAdvantage network. Home buyers or sellers are not eligible for Cash Rewards if they use an agent outside this network. Cash Rewards amounts are dependent on the commissions paid to the HomeAdvantage network agent. Obtaining a mortgage or use of any specific lending institution is not a requirement to earn Cash Rewards. If you are obtaining a mortgage, Salal Credit Union may have specific rules on how Cash Rewards can be paid out. Cash Rewards are available in most states; however, are void where prohibited by law or by Salal Credit Union. Please consult with your Salal Credit Union Mortgage Advisor for details that may affect you.