I have been a resident of Encinitas since 1977, and have been doing real estate for 28 years. I know the area like the back of my hand including schools, neighborhoods, and the individual communities. I specialize in Encinitas, Cardiff, Carlsbad, Solana Beach, Del Mar, and other areas of North County San Diego.
My experience has led me here today, and I want to share some tip when it comes to choosing a good real estate agent.
Know the different titles
There are many different titles you will come across when searching for a real estate agent. You’ll see the agent, broker, and Realtor.
- Real estate agent – Licensed to sell property through hours of course work and state exam.
- Broker – Continued studies and hires agents to work under him/her.
- Realtor – agent or broker and a member of the National Association of Realtors.
Conduct preliminary search online
We constantly use the internet for search for things we need or advice, so why not utilize it when looking for a real estate agent? There are many different websites that you can take advantage of by searching for reviews on a specific agent or looking for one in your area. Coldwell Banker allows you to do both, offering you a collective group of teams and individuals ready to work with you.
The NAR did a poll and found that 52% of first-time buyers used a referral as their agent, while two-thirds contacted only one agent before moving forward. If you think about it, that’s like going on a blind date and settling after date two.
Make sure you explore your options and don’t settle for the first one that comes up. You want to make sure they’re a fit for you and your needs as a buyer/seller.
Don’t forget, if you ever need a real estate agent, I’m ready to help you buy and/or sell your home!