Whether buying or selling, most people don’t have a plan for hiring a real estate agent. They usually just end up with someone recommended by a friend or neighbor, or with whoever’s name is on the sign in front of the first property that catches their fancy. But there is a better way.
Celebrities have advance meetings with agents vying for their business.
It’s not too much to ask for a meeting with an agent before you commit to list or look at properties. Make a list of potential agents, then call and ask for a brief meeting, preferably at a neutral location, like a coffee house maybe?
Celebrities take along their “people” for the meeting.
So take yours along too. A friend who has recently been through a real estate transaction can be invaluable. They may think of things to ask that you might not.
Celebrities ask for a plan.
If you’re listing your property you need to know exactly how the agent will market it. Ask for details beyond the standard sign in the yard, local classifieds, and “on our website.” If your property is noteworthy, then speak up and ask for things like press releases, featured listing status, and larger signage.
If you’re shopping for property, you need to know that the agent understands the specifics of what you are looking for. Ask for a follow-up to your meeting in writing so that you know they paid attention.
Celebrities meet with more than one agent before they commit.
You need to know that the agent you choose to work with values you, not just the commission they stand to make. You need to feel comfortable with the agent, confident in their ability to negotiate the twists and turns of a real estate transaction. And yet you need to feel in control of the relationship. No matter what your real estate experience level, the agent should make you feel like you are in charge, not just being drug along for the ride. The agent is your advocate, but you must ultimately make the important decisions.
Celebrities Use Local Companies
Even if they know big shot real estate people in Hollywood, celebrities understand the need for local advice and experience when they are involved in transactions beyond Hollywood’s boundaries.
If you’re shopping for property in the Lake Whitney area you shouldn’t rely entirely on an agent from outside the area. Lake Whitney real estate has some crucial factors to consider like Corps of Engineers boundaries and restrictions. The advice you get from a local agent is invaluable.