How to Begin Choosing an Ocean City Real Estate Agent
Only an opinion - but it makes sence...
Real Estate Agents play an important role in the process of buying and selling a home. An OC beach property will probably be your second largest investment, after your primary home. If you are looking for a property in which to retire in Ocean City, this just may be the most important investment of your life.
You must choose a real estate agent who is ready, willing and able to provide you with exemplary service. Your satisfaction depends on ending up with the property that you truly want. Your family's happiness depends not so much on "the deal," but on finding the "right" property in which to live.
I have already mentioned the phrase "ready, willing and able" - let's see how these words of preparedness may apply:
1. Be Ready
2. Be Willing
3. Be Able
1. Be Ready:
Real Estate is a service business. Period. The agent you choose must be ready to serve your needs, not the needs of hisser colleagues or of the office manager. Certainly, your agent will earn a commission once your property transaction is complete. Make sure that agent is ready to earn that commission.
1. Does your agent carry a cell phone. Do you have, not only an office number, but a toll-free number with which to reach him/her? ...on that cell phone.
3. Your time is important. If you want to see 20 properties or more, dont let anyone stop you. A Real Estate agent that encourages you to look, and explore, is more worthy of your time, than an agent that tries to fit you into their busy schedule. This is your buying experience, not theirs.
2. Be Willing:
I believe that knowledge is gained through familiarity. So, having a real estate agent that is familiar with the landscape of the land is of critical importance.
1. I like agents that have lived in the area for a while, that know all the names of the streets, and that know the high schools, the local grocery stores, and the local parks.
2. I enjoy listening to an agents own personal experiences, as we drive through neighborhoods, or review demographics. Its not as important to me that theyre old, or young, or rich, or hungry, or just like me, or nothing like me, or whatever. As long as the stories are real, and are related, thats all that matters.
3. I think an agent needs to be always on. Do they have access to all the information at all times? Do they constantly look for new properties, or new values, and do they have networked connections locally to appraisers, and loan officers, and title companies? Are they always thinking about my circumstance, and trying to connect the dots in my interest? I dont want to be sold on decisions that earn commissions. I want to be guided to properties and professionals that best meet my needs.
3. Be Able:
There is no greater communication skill, then the ability to listen. Most of us find it next to impossible, to be silent, and take it all in. We all strive to be the center of attention, the story of the day, and the opinion worth listening to.
1. Real Estate agents that master the art of listening can truly hone in on your needs. These are the agents worth keeping in your Rolodex, because they can tune in to your desires, your personality, your financial profile, and all critical elements of the deal, without your even being aware of it.
2. This is not so easy to spot, because often times, the ability to listen is overlooked. A good listener, after all, probably isnt speaking as much. But consider this: Is the conversation mostly about you? Does the agent ask a lot of questions relating to your personal tastes, experiences, and ideas? Do you find yourself walking away, feeling a satisfaction about the dialog? These are all signs that youve just come into contact with a master listener.
3. And the real testament to an agent that listens, is when they finally do speak. Usually, when they do say something, its really, really important, and right on target, and completely unforgettable. Why? Because, theyve spent most of their time absorbing you and your situation, and then they nail you with the bomb
Their recommendations that truly will change your life forever. I swear to you, its golden. Youll get a much better property bought or sold, if you can find a real estate agent that knows how to listen.
Weve enjoyed providing this information to you, and we wish you the best of luck in your pursuits. Remember to always seek out good advice from those you trust, and never turn your back on your own common sense.
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