Who’s Your Realtor?
Most people know at least one real estate agent who has earned their loyalty and respect. This advice isn’t for you. This message is for buyers and sellers who haven’t established a trusting bond with a local Realtor, but may soon need to.
If you’re a buyer, it’s easy to get ‘trapped’ into a relationship by directly contacting a listing agent for info on a particular listing. While this is tempting, it’s far more strategic and beneficial to hire an agent and then let your agent set appointments for you. Buyers in search of an agent should look for independent, objective representation from the start to prevent misunderstandings about who is representing whom. I recommend vetting a buyer’s agent in three ways:
Whether you’re a buyer or a seller- tell agents you’re interviewing for the professional that best suits your needs and working style.
Katie Somple is a 10 year real estate veteran in St. Helena. Reach her at 707 235-8585