Saturday, September 19, 2020

3 Tips for Picking a Real Estate Agent

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With over 200 Realtors® in Coronado alone, picking an agent can be a daunting task. We’re here to help identify the top 3 main tips for picking a successful real estate agent for your needs.

1- Local Expert

Southern California is a diverse region. Even looking at San Diego County, the Coronado housing market differs from that of La Jolla, Old Town, Point Loma, University Heights and the beaches. And that’s only a few of the regions. Now factor in the different home styles in each region: condos, townhomes, family homes, vacation rentals and more. That’s a lot to consider.

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There are countless different factors that uniquely impact each area. Don’t rely on a generic real estate agent. You need a Realtor® that understands all the elements, and can best position you in your market.

2- Establish Trust

Buying and selling a home is a comprehensive process, filled with countless little nuances. Offers, negotiation, inspections and more. You can count on having questions. And since this is also an emotional process, there will be highs and lows.

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Which is why you have your trusted advisor there to help you.

You need someone on your side, who is willing to tell you the truth even when it’s hard, dig deeper, investigate and coach you through the process. This relationship only works if you trust them. You don’t want to have to second-guess every decision you make, or feel misled after signing documents or locking in offers.

Secondly, ensure that your interests are the main priority. While the majority of Realtors® do, there are a select few who put the desire to close a sale over the needs of their client. As you make decisions, bring in inspectors, determine price, or accept offers, you need to know that the advice you are getting has your best interest prioritized.

3- Do Your Homework

You’re entrusting your largest asset to the Realtor® you pick. Regardless if you are selling or buying, this Realtor® will be paid on performance, a commission, based on a transaction. In exchange, they will become your top advisor throughout the process. Think of it as a partnership. You bring the house to the relationship, and they bring their expertise.

Before diving into this partnership, at a minimum, check them out. And dig deep:

  • Validate track record
  • Check references
  • Ensure their experience applies to your needs

When you go to them looking for advice, go in confidence knowing that your Realtor® has more than just a fancy business card or photo on a bench. They’ve sold homes, led homeowners to the house that best fit their needs, properly priced homes, and gave accurate advice on staging, all in your target area. And you know so because you took the time to verify it.


Picking your real estate agent is very similar to picking a family doctor. They need to have the expertise, be professional and someone you can trust. You wouldn’t entrust your family’s care to just anyone. Take the same care and consideration when picking someone to help you through purchasing or selling your home.

If you are looking for someone you can trust with tremendous experience in the Coronado area, check out one of our agents today! We pride ourselves on providing top-notch service, helping families and individuals not only transition in or out of a home, but to a better lifestyle.

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