When you’re looking to buy or sell a home, particularly if you are relocating or don’t know the area well, it’s important to hire a real estate agent with knowledge and experience. He or she should be knowledgeable, not just about the various neighborhoods of the city, but also about market trends, negotiation techniques, proper pricing and staging and more.
If you’re trying to find a knowledgeable Savannah real estate agent, here are some tips to help with your search.
Word-of-mouth is still the best form of advertising, so if you know anyone in Savannah who has bought or sold a home in the area within the past few years, ask about their experiences. What agent or agents would your friend recommend, and why? Many times this simple question will lead you to the right agent; other times, it might just be a good starting point for the search.
Look up their bio
Most real estate agents now have their bios posted online, usually through their own website or through their agency. A simple Google search for Savannah real estate agents should bring up a few different agencies and agents. This is a great chance to find an agent that matches your personality, values, or even your own interests. Learn more about agents at Lufburrow Realty.
Consider an established, boutique brokerage
There are so many real estate companies out there — it can be challenging to choose! From large-scale “big box” franchises to smaller, boutique establishments, the options are limitless. If you’re looking for an especially attentive and personable buying or selling experience, there’s great value in choosing agents partnered with a boutique operation.
Check with the licensing board
If you are vetting a specific agent, the Georgia Real Estate Commission has a searchable database that will tell you whether the agent’s license is current and whether any disciplinary action has been taken. (Clicking on the record itself will also tell you when the agent first became licensed, so if you don’t know how long she has been in business, this is a great way to find out.)
Check for specialty credentials
If the agent displays a seemingly random set of letters after his name (e.g., CRS, SRES), it means he’s taken some extra classes to be certified in a specialty. Look up the initials to see what they stand for, as this specialty might prove useful to you. For example, if you are selling a home, you might want to hire a Seller Representative Specialist (SRS); likewise, you might want an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) if you’re buying. If you’re looking buying acreage, an Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) might offer key insights. You get the idea.
At Lufburrow Realty, our Savannah roots run deep, having been in business here for nearly a century. To talk to a knowledgeable Savannah real estate agent, call us at (912) 355-6562 or view our featured listings.