Choosing the Right Real Estate Agent – The Importance of an Area Expert

Property is one of the most valuable possessions a person can own. Whether you are looking for a home for you and your family or you are hoping to sell and upgrade to a new location, it is very important that you consider the importance of choosing the right agent to work with. There are a few important qualifications of real estate agents that can make the difference between leaving the home buying and selling experience feeling satisfied, or feeling frustrated the whole time and ending the experience feeling duped. If you do your homework, you will certainly locate the best real estate agents in the community of your choice.

Being an area expert means the agent has a firm knowledge of the community in which they live, the current market and housing prices, taxes, opportunities in the community you may enjoy, and other things that may be of interest to you as you look to relocate or sell your current home there. Without this knowledge, nothing else about choosing the right agent will make up for their lack of area expertise.

Another part about being an area expert is that the agent knows about the differences in transactions. Indeed, every county may have varying transaction requirements. Terms, contracts and closing costs may be taken care of differently even in different cities within a county. The transactions that occur for a condominium are quite different from a house. Why would you risk thousands of dollars if you thought you had not succeeded in choosing the right agent for your home selling and buying needs? You want nothing less than a 100% qualified expert in the geographic area you choose.

You can get an idea of whether a realtor is an area expert or not, based on a few things. It is always promising if they live in the area in which they work because this means they have a feel for the community and it’s workings every day. Then again, this is no guarantee so you must then turn to their specific experience. Someone who just transferred to a given city from another location will not yet be an expert, even if they have been an agent for years. What you want when choosing the right agent is someone who has years of experience in the specific location you desire and has been successful negotiating the best terms for the buyers and sellers they represent.

Don Orason

If you are looking for homes for sale in silicon valley, thinking of relocating to the region or just want more information on the different communities, then you will want to work with neighborhood specialists and area experts.

Learn more about Silicon Valley Real Estate and San Jose Real Estate. Having lived and worked in Silicon Valley & Santa Clara County for over 35 years, Don and his “High Tech Silicon Valley Team” are consistently on the cutting-edge of new technology that will benefit YOU! “The market is constantly changing and we would like the opportunity to show you some of the new ways in which you are able to buy, sell and search for new homes”.

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