How to choose a real estate agent

How to choose a real estate agent

There are over 100 Realtors in North County San Luis Obispo and even more around the county. How should you pick a real estate agent?

Here are a few things you can review before choosing a professional to represent you in your real estate transaction.

1. Ask your friends for referral or ask for a list of recent clients
It's OK to ask Realtors to provide a list of properties they've listed and sold in the last year along with contact information. Ask past clients what they liked and didn't like about the buying and selling process. Make sure their comments fit with your expectations. A good question for sellers is, "How long was you home on the market?"

2. Check on state license
The California Department of Real Estate has public information on agents who have had their licenses suspended in the past. Review it online here:
http://www2.dre.ca.gov/PublicASP/pplinfo.asp

 

 

3. Go with a winner
Check the local board of Realtors in Paso Robles, Atascadero, San Luis Obispo or Cambria and ask what agents do the most volume in the market. Ask who has won the recent "Realtor of the Year" awards or similar designations. These can be excellent endorsements.

4. Choose a Realtor with the right credentials

Real estate agents specialize. Ask about the initials that come after an agents name on his or her business card. They can be an indication that the agent has taken additional classes in a certain specialty of real estate sales. Here are a few designations:

  • CRS (Certified Residential Specialist): Completed additional training in handling residential real estate.
  • ABR (Accredited Buyer's Representative): Completed additional education in representing buyers in a transaction.
  • SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist): Completed training aimed at helping buyers and sellers in the 50-plus age range.
  • Realtor with a capital "R," means the agent is a member of the National Association of Realtors. By hiring a Realtor you know they have pledged to support the code of ethics.

5. How long has the agent been in the business
You can find out how long the agent has been selling real estate from the California DRE, or just ask. Because many people come and go in the business, a solid track record is a good thing.

6. Look at their current listings
Check out your prospective agent's listings. Check out the agents own site and Realtor.com. How closely do the agent's listings match the home you want to buy or sell. Are they in the same area and price range?

7. Ask about other properties nearby
A good agent will know about other area properties. Ask about a house in your area that's sold recently or is for sale. If the agent knows the property and can give you a few details, that means he or she really knows your area.

Here are my recommended real estate agents

DaCosse and Associates
935 Riverside Avenue, Suite 3
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 238-9022

Nicolette Harley, Realtor
531 Maple St
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 835-9643

Patterson Realty
1921 Spring Street
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 227-4593

Sherry Peckhoon SIM - Sims & Company
299 Cayucos Dr
Cayucos, CA 3430
(805) 234-4315

Re/Max Pines By The Sea
770 Main St
Cambria, CA 93428‎
(805) 927-2474

Peabody & Plum Realtors
6755 El Camino Real
Atascadero, CA 93422
(805) 466-8000

California Coastal Real Estate
3196 South Higuera Street, Suite D
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 540-5545

Gregg Whitfield - The Real Estate Office
297 Santa Rosa Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
(805) 235-7412

 


Posted by Scott Brennan