You wouldn’t buy a car without testing driving it first. So why would you buy a house without having the help of a great realtor? Trying to buy a home without guidance through the process and paperwork may leave you falling flat on your face. A good realtor can help you find the perfect house or even sell your existing one. So before you take that leap here’s how know you’ve got a great realtor to help you along the way.

Communication is the key to your heart. How does the realtor communicate with you? Do they take the time to return calls and e-mails or do they put you off for a few days? If it feels like a realtor is too busy or doesn’t give you the time of day, give them the boot! Buying a home is a huge financial step, so you need someone who makes you feel like a number one priority even when they have other clients. Also, how does the realtor speak with you? If a realtor doesn’t make the time to clarify confusing real estate lingo until you feel 100% sure, kick them to the curb. (No pun intended!)

“Old Reliable” or old excuses? A good realtor makes sure to keep their appointments, and they show up on time. If there’s an unforeseen circumstance that will make them late, they should promptly contact you or immediately reschedule at your convenience. gives buyers the ability to schedule their showing with a simple click on each listing page. If you’re working with a realtor that is flakey or always late, don’t bother. Your time is just as valuable as theirs, and if you make the time to meet them, they should make the time to do the same for you. Not sure if you’re working with a flake? Check their references first.

Realtor, can you hear me? Have you ever put in an order at a restaurant and gotten the completely wrong meal? Frustrating, isn’t it? If you openly express your needs to a realtor, they should listen. A realtor sending you listings for a two story house when you specifically requested a flat level only shows that they are not truly listening.

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