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Phoenix Arizona REALTOR – How To Choose The Right One For You

REALTOR I ArizonaIf you are buying or selling a home in Arizona you will likely use the services of a REALTOR in Arizona. The keyword here is SERVICES or SERVICE. I spent 10 years in the title industry here in Phoenix helping REALTOR’s attract consumers like yourself looking for their services. Choosing the right REALTOR in Phoenix Arizona can make your home buying or selling less stressful and relatively seamless. Let me be the 1st to tell you that all REALTORS are not created the same. Below are some of the things you will want to consider when looking for a REALTOR in Phoenix Arizona.

Experience

How long has the REALTOR been selling real estate? What kind of real estate do they typically sell? Resale, Commercial, Short Sale, Bank Owned. If it is a resale REALTOR in Arizona you are looking for, what kind of resale homes do they typically sell? Single family residential? Town Homes, Condo’s Duplex’s etc. You will want a REALTOR in Arizona that specializes in what you are looking to buy or sell. You wouldn’t choose a plumber to fix your car because it is outside their field of expertise – don’t choose a REALTOR in Arizona that primarily sells commercial buildings if you are looking to buy or sell  a resale home.

Knowledge

Knowledge is power. I know it sounds like an 80’s public service announcement but it is absolutely true – especially in the real estate world where choosing an inexperienced Arizona REALTOR can cost you more than just time but MONEY. I am not a big fan of designations – ABR, CRS, GRI, E-PRO, CDPE etc but some designations will tell you the level of education that Phoenix Arizona REALTOR has had. Market Knowledge falls into this category as well. A Phoenix Arizona REALTOR familiar with the market will be able to provide you valuable inforation and statistics about an initial listing price or any offer you may make on your dream home. You will likely want a Phoenix REALTOR familiar with the neighborhood you are buying or selling in that can provide information about how many homes have sold in the last 6 or 12 months – are prices going up, staying flat or going down. Having this knowledge will save you time and money.

Solo or part of a team

Life happens. How may time have you had something you absolutely had to do that took a back seat to life? It happens. It happens to Phoenix Arizona REALTORS as well. While one of two rescheduled appointments may be acceptable to you, more that that can become frustrating and certainly annoying. Buying a home is an emotional process – you want to get out there and see what homes are available that fit your needs – on your schedule. This is why working with a PHOENIX Arizona REALTOR that works on a team can be beneficial for you. One Arizona REALTOR can cover for another when life comes along – and it will. Choosing a REALTOR in Phoenix Arizona that works on a team can help you get the level of service you certainly deserve.

Testimonials

Ask for them. Nothing is a better indicator or future performance as past performance. Ask for testimonials from other clients this Phoenix Arizona REALTOR has worked with. If they have them they will be more than happy to share them with you. Not just “Jane was great!” but, testimonials that speak to the VALUE of working with that Phoenix REALTOR.

Technology

Technology is extremely important when looking for the perfect home or selling your current home. If you are buying a home in Arizona you may want a Phoenix REALTOR that can show you properties in the field – on a mobile device like an iPad. If you see a home that was not [for whatever reason] on the “list” of homes the REALTOR sent you he/she can pull up the listing on a mobile device, show you pictures and maybe even a virtual tour without having to head back to the office. If you are selling a home in Arizona you will definitely want a REALTOR in Arizona that embraces technology. More likely than not the buyer for your Arizona home will come from the Internet. Today over 94% of consumers start their home search online. The Arizona REALTOR you choose to hire should know HOW to get your home to stand out in search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and YouTube. This is where you may want a Phoenix REALTOR that not only takes pictures but uses Video. Video content is 57% more likely to end up of the 1st page of Google than text. How often do you go to the 2nd page of Google? Exactly.

Friends and Family

Do your friends and family own homes? Who represented them when they bought or sold their Arizona home? Ask them for referrals. “What did you like about your Phoenix Arizona REALTOR? What didn’t you like? Would you recommend him or her – WHY?”

Communication

Real estate sales is a service and like most services it relies heavily on communication. Not just communication but GOOD COMMUNICATION. The #1 complaint from real estate consumers is LACK OF COMMUNICATION. You will want to be kept in the loop when you are buying or selling your Arizona home. Speaking of communication – how do you prefer your Phoenix Arizona REALTOR to communicate with you? Email, Text Message, Phone Call, Facebook, Twitter, face to face? Make sure you find an Arizona REALTOR that is willing to keep you in the loop regarding the purchase or sale
of your Arizona home. Believe me, this will save you a lot of frustration and anxiety.

Not all Phoenix REALTOR’s are created the same. Some real estate agents got into the real estate business to supplement their income and some are full time. Other Phoenix Arizona REALTOR’s  got into the business, because they enjoy working with and helping others. The Phoenix Arizona REALTOR you choose should have your best interests and goals in mind and a plan to get it done. If you are buying a home in Arizona, it may take you 45 days or more to close, if you are selling your Arizona home it may take 4 months or more to sell. This is time you are going to be sending with the Phoenix REALTOR you choose. Take your time and find someone you feel comfortable and confident in. Doing so will save you time, money, frustration and anxiety. It will also maximize your investment.

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Stephen

Hi I'm Stephen Garner, I'm just a guy in the title industry {in Phoenix} trying to change how real estate agents market themselves and their services. To that end, I teach my clients HOW TO leverage sales technologies like WordPress, Content, Video, Camtasia, Final Cut X, iMovie and indexable IDX solutions to convey value and help your ideal client find you online when they are most interested in learning about you and your services. I work for escrows. Hire me!

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