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The Consumer’s Guide to Hiring an Amazing Real Estate Agent

When you’re buying or selling a home, it’s crucial to work with a qualified real estate agent. Not just a professional, but an amazing agent and a market expert. So how do you ensure you’re hiring an amazing real estate agent?

There are currently more than two million real estate professionals in North America.1,2 With so many options to choose from, how does a prospective home buyer or seller choose the right agent or broker? According to the National Association of Realtors®, trust and reputation are the top deciding factors consumers use when hiring an agent.3

But how do you measure trust and reputation … and what criteria can be used to help you make your decision?

In this guide, we’ve outlined the top attributes that amazing agents possess, as well as the questions you can ask to make sure you’re working with the right market expert to achieve your real estate goals.

5 ATTRIBUTES OF AN AMAZING AGENT

As we mentioned above, not all real estate professionals are the same. And it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the options and information about working with real estate professionals to buy or sell your home. In fact, many real estate markets are oversaturated with agents.

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Top 12 Apps for Homeowners and Renters

More than 77 percent of people own a smartphone.1 The average person checks their smartphone 46 times a day, with people under the age of 24 checking it an average of 74 times a day.1 We check it while we’re waiting in line and during our leisure time, whether we’re scrolling through social media, reading emails or getting up-to-date on the latest news.

Smartphones are not only a useful tool for communication. With the following apps, you can get organized (whether you plan to buy or sell), save money, learn about the homes in your neighborhood and get inspired for your next renovation project. If you’re like 81 percent of people, you have your smartphone with you during most of your waking hours; let it help you stay organized and make your life easier.3

Apps For Homeowners: Get Renovation Inspiration

These apps not only offer ideas for your next remodel or home décor project, some of them even give you a preview of what your home may look like once it’s finished.

 1.) Houzz (Free)

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Find your Perfect Home with the Austin Board of Realtors’ Official Site

The Austin Board of Realtors has an official site where everyone who is not a broker or realtor can search the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).  You can find your next home, find out about open houses, or just poke around and see what activity is going on in a certain part of town.

Just go to this website: www.AustinHomeSearch.com

Once you arrive at the site it is similar to other search sites.  One the home page you will see a search box where you can enter the basic criteria for your search.  For a more detailed search you can click on the “Find a Property” tab near the top of the page inside the green banner and you will be able to enter more detailed search criteria. You can search by zip code, region, price range, number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, and square feet to name a few.  You can also select the type of property such as single family home, condo, townhome, mobile home, etc.

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