So you’re thinking of making a move in Seattle?
Good for you!
A lot of people are picking up and moving to the emerald city and it seems even more who already live here are taking advantage of the positive trends we’ve experienced in the local market.
It should come as no surprise, that often the most successful real estate deals in Seattle are the result of the skills and knowledge of the real estate broker used. To increase your chances of being on the winning side, I am sharing some tips to help you find the best real estate broker in Seattle.
Key Qualities In A Seattle Real Estate Broker
Obviously, not all because real estate brokers are created equal. They may all be licensed; however, their accuracy of advice, experience and knowledge can vary widely. Here are some of their most important qualities you may want to focus on.
Experience: Just because a real estate broker is green in their career, does not mean that they are incompetent. However, the competitive and fast paced Seattle real estate market can be very challenging in comparison with slower markets. If your goal is to maximize your odds of success, I strongly recommend that you hire a Seattle broker with long-term local experience.
Communication: One of the biggest complaints among home buyers and sellers is they feel as though their real estate agent was not always open and honest. Being ethical and transparent in offering knowledgeable, accurate advice and guidance throughout the buying or selling process should be a non-negotiable expectation.
Negotiation Skills: The negotiating skills of your broker will play a key role in your financial success or in securing your dream home in a competitive market. There are few areas that separate successful agents more than in their communication and negotiating strategies. Make certain that you choose representation with a proven track record of success at the negotiation table.
Local Knowledge: Again, it is one thing to be experienced as a real estate agent. It is an entirely different thing to be an experienced Seattle real estate broker with detailed knowledge of the most desirable neighborhoods, the best school districts, growing businesses, and the diverse demographics that make each corner of this city unique. If you are new to the city yourself, hiring a broker with extensive local knowledge will be invaluable in your success.
Quality Of Service: Some brokers have earned a reputation of collecting commission checks for very little effort. In some cases, this reputation has been earned. However, there are many elite real estate brokers that go above and beyond to search, market and negotiate for you, while offering superior customer service even after the sale. You owe it to yourself to seek them out.
What Do Their Past Clients Say?
Anyone can tell you how great they are. However, the internet has taught us one of the best ways to decipher quality professional from those who are not is online reviews. I highly recommend that you take the time to review potential brokers’ testimonials and online reviews to gain deeper insights into how they work, communicate, and deliver on their promises.
Set Up An Interview
Once you have identified a short list of real estate brokers you believe are qualified to help you locate and secure your next home in Seattle, it is time to schedule the interviews. Any real estate broker that is worth their salt will be pleased to meet with you and make sure that you are a good match in terms of strategy, personality and expectations.
Looking For An Experienced Seattle Real Estate Broker?
I don’t just have many years of experience in real estate, I have over 15 years of experience selling real estate specifically in the Seattle area.
I would love to have the opportunity to share with you how my knowledge and skills can be leveraged to help you achieve your real estate goals. Let’s set up a time to talk and I will create a personalized marketing strategy just for you.