Choosing a Realtor
Like choosing any service professional – from an accountant to your family doctor – it’s important to do your homework before deciding on a real estate agent. Your home purchase or sale likely represents one of the most significant financial transactions of your life, and you definitely want to find the right person for you.
Abilities matter. And production matters. You want someone with experience, education and a proven track record of successful closings. On all counts, RE/MAX is a solid place to start your search. Nobody in the world sells more real estate than RE/MAX, and RE/MAX agents collectively hold more professional designations than agents at any other national real estate brand.
How Can I Be Sure I Am Getting the Right Florida Real Estate Agent?
When it comes to selling your Florida home, most people agree the guidance of a professional Florida real estate agent is essential.RE/MAX Premier Group agents are “Above the Crowd!”
RE/MAX Associates average more Florida real estate sales per agent than other Florida real estate agents. And, they hold more professional designations than other Florida real estate agents. Our Florida real estate agents work to master the latest technologies, sales strategies, marketing innovations and business systems.
Whether buying or selling a home in Florida, it’s important to select a Florida real estate agent who meets your individual housing needs. This can be done by conducting an interview. Here are some questions to ask a prospective Florida real estate agent when trying to sell your Florida home:
- Are you a full time Florida real estate agent or Realtor®?
- How long have you been selling homes as a Florida real estate agent?
- Are you familiar with the Florida areas I’m considering for relocation?
- What types of Florida houses do you usually handle as a Florida real estate agent?
- How much of your Florida real estate agent business comes from referrals and repeat clients?
- How many sales have you closed in Florida as a Florida real estate agent?
- How many properties did you list in the past year in Florida as a Florida real estate agent?
- What percentage of your listings sold during the listing period?
- Did the homes you sold as a Florida real estate agent sell close to the asking price?
- In your experience as a Florida real estate agent, how many days do your Florida homes stay on the market?
- Will you guide us as we prepare the house to be shown?
- Will we receive a copy of the marketing plan you plan to employ in Florida and elsewhere?
- How will you advertise our home in Florida and other relevant areas? In what publications and when will ads run?
- Will you employ an Internet marketing program?
- As a Florida real estate agent do you have an Internet presence established?
- When do you plan to hold open houses? How will you advertise an open house in Florida?
- As a Florida real estate agent will you do any other marketing to get the word out throughout Florida and other parts of the nation?
- How often will you communicate with me?
- Do you handle special circumstances (short sales, foreclosures, etc.) and are you familiar with Florida real estate laws?
Analyze the answers to the questions you ask and select a Florida real estate agent with whom you feel comfortable. This is your home. You should have the correct Florida real estate agent to guide you through the relocation process.
Your RE/MAX Premier Group Florida real estate agent is here to serve you!
What are REALTORS®?
The terms real estate agent and realtor are often thought to be synonymous. However, in order to use the official designation and distinction of being a REALTOR®, a sales associate must be a member of the National Association of REALTORS (NAR).
The National Association of REALTORS® is North America’s largest trade association. As of November 2008, it represented more than 1.2 million members.
The National Association of REALTORS® offers institutes, societies, and councils for its REALTORS® and its members are heavily involved in every aspect of the residential and commercial real estate industry.
Because the National Association of REALTORS® is a self-regulating entity, its members are sworn to adhere to a very strict code of ethics and standards of practice. Being a REALTOR® is an important distinction because membership affords an opportunity for a wide network of professionals who facilitate each others’ professional development. The National Association of REALTORS® collectively conducts research, the results of which are made available to each member REALTOR®.
The National Association of REALTORS® is an historic organization founded in 1908. I began with 120 members.
The National Association of REALTORS® is made up of residential and commercial REALTORS® who are:
- property managers
- and more
National Association of REALTORS® members participate in more than 1,700 local associations and boards. The organization claims 54 state and territory associations of REALTORS®
The National Association of REALTORS® is a powerful entity when it comes to dealing with government and lawmakers. The organization is committed to “the purpose of preserving the free enterprise system and the right to own real property,” according to the NAR’s Website at [http://www.realtor.com].
What IS a Florida Real Estate Agent?
Very simply put, a real estate agent is a licensed professional who helps people conduct real estate transactions in the purchase and disposition of property. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? In fact, the world of legal property transactions can be complicated even for a real estate agent. There are many laws, codes and ordinances for a real estate agent to memorize.
Most states require that prospective a prospective real estate agent take classes and pass a real estate licensing exam in order to become a real estate agent. This is important because property buyers and sellers count on real estate agents to know and understand laws and processes in order to represent them fairly and in good faith.
In addition to assisting in the buying and selling of property, a real estate agent may be called upon for property management. Negotiating leases and property rentals are common practices of most Florida real estate agents.
What Training is Required to Become a Florida Real Estate Agent?
In order to become a Florida real estate agent, a prospective real estate agent must have a high school diploma, according to the Florida Association of Realtors (FAR) [http://www.floridarealtors.org/Education/LicensingRequirements/index.cfm]
A 63-hour real estate agent or sales associate pre-license course is required. Once the prospective real estate agent passes the pre-license exam, it’s on to the state’s real estate sales associate license exam.
A real estate agent in Florida is commonly referred to as a real estate sales associate. A prospective real estate agent is required to take a 45-hour post-license course within the first renewal cycle.
Once a Florida real estate agent has been licensed for a full year, that person can take a 72-hour broker pre-license course. Once the prospective broker passes the course’s final exam, he or she can go on to take the Florida real estate broker license exam.
A 60-hour post license course – which can be completed in two 30-hour sessions – must be completed within the licensee’s first renewal cycle.
Anyone who is approved to practice law in Florida is exempt from the pre-license education requirement, according to the FAR.
Find a Real Estate Agent with Additional Training and Certifications
Although the training and licensing process for Florida real estate agents is intense, RE/MAX Premier Group recommends you seek a real estate agent who constantly seeks more and better education.
RE/MAX Premier Group associates stay in tune with new market strategies and constantly train to improve processes and results for you! Ask about your real estate agent’s training and certification.
Why You Need a Real Estate Agent
There is so much information flooding the Internet about how to buy or sell a home yourself without a real estate agent. However, despite all that available information, many buyers and sellers who choose to go through the process without a real estate agent regret their decision. On average, for-sale-by-owner transactions result in less exposure and less money for the home. Also, buyers who decide to do it on their own often find that their choices are very limited, and they have no representation during the process. Regardless of whether you are a buyer or seller, here are 5 reasons why you need a real estate agent:
1. Education and Experience
Let’s face it. Many people think they know what they’re doing when they’re buying or selling a home because they’ve read some articles on the Internet about it. The reality is that most people eventually realize there is so much involved in the process they didn’t know about and end up paying the price. Most real estate agents are familiar with market conditions. Information such as the average cost per square foot of similar homes, average sales prices, and average days on the market can have an impact on your selling or buying decisions. Agents can guide clients to make the best pricing decision for themselves because of their knowledge and experience.
The Multiple Listing Service (MLS) is an essential tool that real estate agents have ready access to. They also have experience with newspaper and magazine ads, Internet listings, and a network of other agents. You may have access to many of these tools, but a real estate agent has expertise utilizing them. These marketing tools will get you more exposure and likely help sell your home faster if you’re a seller and assist you in finding the best deal on a home if you’re a buyer.
3. Negotiation Skills
Agents aren’t emotionally involved in the process as much as the buyer or seller, and good agents are skilled in the art of negotiating. They can also act as a buffer between you and the buyer or seller.
Purchase agreements consist of many pages of paperwork. Even the smallest mistake in paperwork can cost you thousands or even land you in court. A good real estate agent knows that scaling the mountain of paperwork to ensure there are no mistakes and nothing is missed is his job.
5. Questions After Closing
Many questions can arise after closing on a home, and a good real estate agent won’t leave you searching for the answers yourself.
RE/MAX Premier Group’s agents are highly-trained, skilled agents with access to state-of-the art technology to help you find your dream home in the Tampa Bay area. We put you first. Let RE/MAX Premier Group assist you with your Tampa Bay Real Estate needs today.