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How to choose a Realtor®

When you are buying or selling a home, it is essential to choose the right real estate agent for your needs.

The best agents are energetic, positive and proactive.

On the other hand, selecting the wrong agent will cost you lots of time and money.

So how do you find the best agent for your situation? Here are some ideas to keep in mind.

Real Estate Agent vs. Realtor

A real estate agent may or may not be a Realtor, but every Realtor is required to be a licensed real estate agent.

To become a Realtor, a real estate agent has to join the National Association of Realtors (NAR); this allows him or her to attend industry meetings, get NAR newsletters, and access software and educational tools.

Realtors adhere to a strict code of ethics and have solid knowledge of the real estate business. These professionals have been trained well, which means they will provide you with the best service.

Where to Start Looking

Recommendations are one of the best ways to find a qualified real estate agent or Realtor. Ask people in your social network for referrals.

Sometimes agents are good at helping clients purchase homes, but not as skilled at selling them. Keep that in mind when searching for the right professional.

You might also contact local brokers or search the NAR directory online. Always work with credible, responsible agents. Otherwise you are wasting your time.

Comfort Level

At the initial consultation with a prospective real estate professional, focus on your comfort level while interacting with them.

Do you get the feeling they are genuinely concerned about your needs? Or are they focused on their commission? Do they know the current housing market? Can they negotiate a contract?

It is vital that you feel comfortable with the agent. You must trust that this person can behave ethically and help you secure a good deal.

Communication and Planning

Your agent should be an effective communicator. If you are selling your home, your agent should develop an effective marketing plan, explain it to you, and respond to any questions or concerns you have.

The marketing plan will probably involve placing advertisements and conducting open houses to invite the public for home viewings.

If you are purchasing a home, the agent should listen to your guidelines and price ranges.

Above all, your real estate agent needs to provide updates on progress. Do not work with someone who does not return phone calls or emails.

Debbie Jett of Virginia CU Realty has the credentials to get the job done right. “Let my experience and knowledge of the market guide you through the homeselling or homebuying process.”

During my time in real estate, I have been helping people- like you – fulfill their American dream. I enjoy helping people find the home that’s right for them; it’s the most important investment they will ever make. When you come to me with your real estate needs, I will work hard to provide the kind of personal service that is becoming rare in today’s technology-driven world. When you ask me to sell your home, I will implement a custom marketing plan aimed at getting you the best possible price in the shortest time span. I offer my energy and my integrity, along with Century 21 Redwood Realty’s innovative marketing techniques, to reach the right buyers for your home. When you call me, you are getting an all-around real estate professional with a proven track record.

Why Choose Debbie Jett?

Here are some of my credentials:

• Experienced Sales Professional for 23 years

• Licensed Realtor since 2002

•Licensed Associate Broker since 2007

Contact Debbie Jett Today 540-847-3108

DEBBIE JETT

VIRGINIA CU REALTY

1281 Central Park Blvd

Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Debbie Jett • 540-847-3108

Erin Newbill • 540-847-1635

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