How To Pick The Best McKinney, Texas Real Estate Agent

How To Pick The Best McKinney, Texas Real Estate Agent - Main ImageStruggling to find the right real estate agent? What does a real estate agent even do? Buying or selling a house is stressful business. A skilled real estate agent should help you through that process. The problem is, if you throw a rock in any direction, you’re bound to hit a realtor, so which one is the right one for you?

First, it’s important to understand what exactly a real estate agent does. It can be broken down into two different categories: listing agents and buyer’s agents. Each job is slightly different, and many agents specialize in one or both depending on their business.

Listing Agents

A listing agent helps sell houses. They “list” your house on the MLS, or the Multiple Listing Service, so that all other agents in McKinney, Texas, or the nearby areas can find your house for their buyers.

A good agent does more than that. There are five key things you should get from your agent, and if you don’t, find someone else.

Enhance your Home

Obviously, you as the seller have a big part in this, but your life should be made easier by your agent. The best agent will be someone who helps you stage your home, helps you find good cleaners and has fast and efficient repairmen in their back pocket. Your agent is the one who will look at your house, not through your eyes, but through a buyer’s eyes, and does everything in their power to make your house sellable.

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Market your Home

Putting a house on the MLS is only one step to marketing your house. The best agent would know where the buyers are in McKinney. They would know how to market your house to actually interested people and know enough people in town to get the word out. The best agent for you is someone active in McKinney, in lots of ways. They also should have access to things you don’t, such as the ability to create beautiful flyers and be able to put ads in the McKinney Courier-Gazette. Remember, you’re paying someone to do this because they have a skill set you don’t have.

Have a Price Strategy

Pricing a house is its own skill. You know how much you bought your house for, but what is it worth today? What pricing bracket is your house in now? You may have an idea, but a true professional will walk you through that process. Of course, all decisions are the owners, and no one else’s. It is your home, and your money and a good agent knows that. But be sure to listen to their advice.

Negotiations

Everyone knows that a good agent negotiates; it is part of the trade. Most people are not aware that there are many things to negotiate, not just the contract. Find an agent who acknowledges this and treats every negotiation as important. It will save you lots of money.

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Manage the Transaction

Selling a house is a lot of work. There are a million moving pieces, between showings, open houses, getting appraisals, and going through offers. A savvy seller will find an agent that does most of these things for you. It is all your decisions and your agent’s process. Find someone who can guide and advise you, but lets you stay in control without having to do the nitty-gritty.

There’s more to selling a house than meets the eye, and understanding that is key for finding the best agent. Find someone who knows McKinney, knows the buyers who are interested in your house, and knows the ins and outs of your neighborhood. That is the best way to get the most bang for your buck. A good agent is worth every penny of their commission.

Buyer’s agents are the same, but you are looking for different things. They can very well be the same person, depending on the individual agent.

Buyer’s Agents

With a buyer’s agent, you need someone who understands the game, and knows your town better than anyone else. What are the pros and cons of each neighborhood? The best agent in McKinney knows where all the hot spots to live are, what neighborhoods have the right price range, and what you are looking for. That is the agent you want to help you with such an important step in your life.

House Conditions

What can be fixed, and what cannot? Are you looking for a fixer-upper? Or do you need something that’s ideal right away? Find a buyer’s agent willing to find you what you want. A great agent understands what can and cannot be dealt with in a home. Foundation issues, new roof, or just a coat of paint? You need someone who knows the structure of houses and can inform you if they think a house should be considered or not. They should be able to point out signs of underlying problems for you to be aware of.

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Communication

Really, you should look for good communication skills in any sort of agent, but it’s a very important skill for a buyer specifically. You have a vision in your head of what you want your new house to look like, and the right agent will be able to see your vision too. This is a two-way street, so you should look for someone you are comfortable speaking with on a regular basis. Does your agent “get” you? Do they know what things are the most important in a house? Search for someone who shows you this in your buyer’s interview.

Streamline your Work

If you’ve looked at twenty houses and none of them are working for you, something is wrong. The right agent for you will streamline the process. It is a process, not a guessing game. Your agent should know what you are looking for, and not drag you across McKinney looking at houses that don’t fit what you want. Does your agent know you need a downstairs master, and yet you’ve looked at three homes that have only upstairs bedrooms? That is not a good sign. Find someone who cares, someone who hears and understands you, and works around you.

There are over a thousand homes available in McKinney, Texas, and one of them has your name on it. If you have the right agent, they will have a much smaller list of homes to look at, based on your specifications, and finding that home will be easier than ever.

Overall, communication is key. The best agent in McKinney is the one who listens to you, guides you, and advises you. That person must be someone you can trust, and who has your best interest at heart. An agent works for you. You must be their top priority, and you both must have similar working styles. Search for that person and you won’t be disappointed.

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