When it comes to hiring the right real estate agent, people tend to focus on how much business an agent has done previously and if they specialize in a specific area. This is especially true of people who are looking for a listing agent.
While it makes sense to want to work with an agent who has a track record of success and knows an area, it is also important to work with an agent that understands you and your lifestyle. Someone who is relatable.
The realtor, client relationship is a partnership. You are in this together. Sure, experience and knowledge of an area matter but the sale or the purchase of a home is one of the most important things you will do in your life. Do it with someone you trust who knows you and can relate to you professionally.
What do I mean by that? Not only should the agent have an understanding of what you are looking for, they should also understand where you are coming from.
I have been in education for over 20 years. If I work with a teacher, I will have a better understanding of their thought process, concerns and what they want more so than another agent because I am in their shoes professionally and financially. I know what keeps a teacher up at night. I also know what keeps an agent up at night. So I want to do right by my clients.
Experience and a proven track record are vitally important when searching for the right agent. So is finding someone you can relate to and be on the same page.
Whether you are buying or selling your home, real estate is a journey. Go on that journey with someone you are comfortable with.