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Hire the Right Real Estate Agent

Real estate, in some ways, is no different than other professions such as doctors and lawyers. Just as there are general physicians and there are lawyers who try several different types of legal cases, there are agents in the real estate industry who try to be everything to everyone.

Hiring the right real estate agent is very important if you want the experience of buying or selling a home to be a pleasant and relatively stress-free experience. Hire an agent who is too green around the ears, and you may be at a disadvantage when it comes to negotiating the terms of a contract. Likewise, hiring an agent who is an ‘old dog’ may leave you with the feeling that the agent is not excited about finding you the right home or selling your home for top dollar.

If you are looking to buy or to sell Real estate in Sierra Vista, you should consider hiring either an agent who specializes in listing homes or one who primarily represents buyers, depending on your specific needs. You could even narrow your search for a real estate agent further by qualifying them by the price point of homes they typically work with. For example, if you are looking to sell or buy a luxury home, working with an agent who mostly represent entry-level and first-time buyers may not have the savvy you need to see your needs met.

Real estate in Sierra Vista, and all of Arizona for that matter, was struck hard by the recent recession and with property values plummeting, short sales came to represent nearly 50% of the real estate market. Short sales is a different breed when it comes to real estate as for the listing agent, it is more about debt settlement than real estate. There are lenders and lawyers, collection agencies and more lawyers who must be negotiated with in order to get a short sale completed that to hire such an agent to help you buy a home may not be the ideal situation.

Regardless of whether you are looking to buy or sell real estate, there are some universal basics you should expect from your real estate agent. First, your agent should be a full time realtor. Your dentist does not have another job nor does your divorce attorney. Likewise, your realtor should practice real estate full time. Second, you want to make sure your agent has several years of experience under his or her belt. Third, your agent should have enough recent sold transactions to provide your recent referrals so that you can ask past clients their experience with the potential agent. Keep in mind that real estate can be a lengthy and exhausting journey– many, many months in some cases– and you want to feel comfortable spending so much time with someone who is organized, determined and professional.

Castle & Cooke have designed, planned & built quality real estate in several communities to meet the housing needs of a wide range of Arizona residents.

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