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Red Flags to Look Out for When Selecting a Real Estate Agent

real estate agentThough the Internet is used for countless things, one of the most surprisingly popular is searching for homes and real estate agents. In fact, about 92% of people now use the Internet throughout their home search.

However, selecting a real estate agent can sometimes be more difficult than selecting a new home. Fortunately, there are a few things you can easily learn to avoid.

They Only Work Part Time
This is probably one of the biggest red flags to look out for. If a real estate agent only shows homes for sale part-time, they may not have the kind of experience you need in order to find the perfect home.

They’re a Relative
While this isn’t always an issue, it can turn into one rather quickly if you’re not careful. Unless your relative is a top-notch agent and has significant experience in the field, then this may not be the best decision for you.

They Don’t Deal With Your Type of Property
If you’re looking to sell a condo, then you shouldn’t hire a real estate agent who works primarily with commercial property, and vice versa. No matter the kind of real estate business you’re doing, your agent should be experienced in that field.

They Show Up With Online Listings
In the vast majority of cases, an agent was paid to have their picture in an online listing. Don’t be fooled: this doesn’t mean they’re necessarily the best because an online listing claims so. Be sure to do the interviews yourself, in person.

They Charge a Lower Commission
Agents typically charge anywhere from five to seven percent, split between the buying and selling agent. If the commission on your house for sale is lower, it could be for a variety of reasons. Be wary, but don’t let commission be the sole determining factor in your decision.

They Don’t Typically Work in Your Price Range
If a real estate agent typically works with clients who have much higher price ranges than yours, it may be a sign that they’re not the agent for you. You should be looking for someone with experience in homes that fit your specific budget.

Finding a real estate agent can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. If you keep an eye out for these things, you should be in the clear.