Top Ten Things to Look for in a Good West Auckland Real Estate Agent

How to Choose a Good West Auckland Real Estate Agent

It is very hard to find a good real estate agent, especially if you don’t know what to look for. You may be a first-time buyer or have not bought or sold a house for a long time. If you are looking for a good real estate agent, then you need to learn how to pick the right one. Below are ten traits to look for that will help you pick the right agent. Buying or investing in real estate is an important investment, so you need to be careful when you are choosing a real estate agent.

1: Communication

It is very hard to deal with a real estate agent who is not a great communicator. The West Auckland real estate market is sensitive, so you should choose a real estate agent who will tell you everything you need to know about real estate in the area. For example, which suburbs are giving better value, which are rising faster, and important information about local facilities like schools. You have to know the current market situation to help you make the right decision.

Pick a real estate agent who will communicate with you properly. Your agent should be in contact with you all the time. Avoid the ones who don’t know how to communicate properly. Look for comments from previous clients about the communication record of potential real estate agents.

2. They are Proactive

Good real estate agents should act proactively in all aspects of the process. This means they should call their potential customers and buyers, communicate with their existing clients, can recommend good marketing methods, and chase new leads constantly. They must follow up all leads to see what level of interest there is. They must also be active in bringing viewers to open homes. This means they must be able to target the most likely buyers rather than a horde of tyre-kickers. Agents who are proactive also keep their client informed about each stage – see point 1 above.

3: They Listen

You should be wary of real estate agents who talk too much. They are supposed to be working for you so until they listen to what you want, how can they possibly find the right home for you or the best type of buyer to target. You might want the best price or the quickest sale. Both of those situations will suit different buyers. Also, if they continually talk to you, they will probably do the same with potential buyers and if the buyer feels they are not being understood, they are less likely to buy the property. Make sure that your agent understands your needs and special requests.

4: Client Motivated

Good real estate agents are client motivated. After all the seller is paying the real estate agents commission but all too often, agents want to take the easy option. Good agents want to make sure that their clients are going to get a good deal. Buying and selling properties or houses is stressful, so it is important for the real estate agent to make sure that their clients feel supported and happy.

5: Can Adapt Easily

Good real estate agents adapt to the needs of their clients and the market. The best estate agents should be able to “read” their customers. Some customers like to communicate via email, others prefer phone calls, and yet other prefer a quick text message. It is the responsibility of the agent to know the preferred communication method of their clients. They do this to ensure that their clients do not feel ignored by silence. Also, with such a fast changing property market in West Auckland, the agent must be able to work quickly to new situations or respond to feedback from viewers.

6: Understand their Clients

A good real estate agent knows what their customers want. This might be understanding their time-frame. For example, is the customer in a hurry to buy or sell, alternatively, are they looking for a longer settlement period? What is the client going to do after the sale? Do they have a house they have already bought and therefore need to sell quicker? These situations, and many more, will determine the strategy of marketing the house.

7: Knows Customer’s Selling Motivation

The best real estate agents know the reasons why their customers are selling or buying. A good real estate agent knows if the customer is selling to buy, if it is an investment property, or if the customer will live in the house he or she is buying. Does the seller have a commitment or time by which they have to move for example starting a new job in a different town or area? Sometimes a family might be willing to separate for a time while they wait to get eh best price for their house. Other times, a family will want to stay together and therefore need to sell the house faster. Again, the marketing of the house will be different depending on these different circumstances.

8: References

A good real estate agent is not afraid of giving you a list of previous clients for you to contact as references. Ask the real estate agents you want to hire to show you their testimonials or they may have some already published on their website. You will know a lot about a real estate agent just by talking to their past clients.

9: Licensing

It is important to check the licensing of the real estate agent you want to hire. In New Zealand all real estate agents have to be licensed by the government agency, NZ Real Estate Agents Authority. Check the prospective real estate agent is licensed. Also, check if the agent has complaints or disciplinary actions because sadly, a few individuals do act improperly so be sure to check references – see point 8 above.

10: Experience in the West Auckland Property Market

Find out how long the agent has been in West Auckland real estate business. Their NZREAA license will tell you the regulatory time but that does not tell you about their experience selling real estate in West Auckland. You can even ask the agent to tell you how long he or she has been working in the area You should only hire a West Auckland real estate agent who has been selling properties for several years. This means they get to know the different hotspots and factors which influence property prices in the many small areas of the west Auckland real estate market.

Conclusion
The ten points above are common sense but very few real estate agents in west Auckland can meet all those different criteria. Don’t just pick the first west Auckland real estate agent you find. Be sure to do some thorough research before choosing a real estate agent. You want to make sure that you are picking an agent who is highly qualified and who can help you pick the right property or is able to sell your existing home to meet your personal requirements.

If you would like a free appraisal on your home or if you want to buy a property in west Auckland, please call me on 020 4005 2167 and I will be happy to show you how I can meet all of the above points so you get the best deal possible.

Thanks

David Whitley
West Auckland real estate agent.

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