How to Find the Best Real Estate Agent in Los Angeles

Hiring a real estate agent in Los Angeles can be frustrating. It seems like everyone you know is either an agent or their cousin is an agent. Did you know California has one of the highest per capital of real estate agents in the Nation?

With so many options, what are the steps on how to find a good real estate agent in Los Angeles?

Many local large real estate brokers will spend thousands of dollars each month to ensure that their agents are the most visible, whether it be online, in the open house signs, or by erecting giant billboards in busy sections of Los Angeles.

However, the agents backed by the most promotion dollars aren’t always the best, and may not be a good fit for your circumstances. In today’s piece, we’re going to look at how you can find a good real estate agent in Los Angeles.

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How To Find A Good Real Estate Agent In Los Angeles – Get Reviews… Real Reviews

Online reviews of real estate agents are easily manipulated, and can be often times little more than paid advertisements. It’s important to get honest reviews from any agent that you’re considering, and any reputable agent will be glad to provide you with recent clients.

Also, reviews are one of the best ways to see how any real estate professional does out in the marketplace.

As a last way to check out the agent… hit Google and type in “[name of agent] reviews” and see what pops up in the Google search.

Do they have accounts setup on Zillow and the other major websites? Are their profile sections completed and do they have a real website?

Ask the Right Questions Of The Local Los Angeles Real Estate Agent

Ask the agent (and, his or her former clients) the following questions to gauge the agent’s skill, and ability to represent you as a buyer or a seller:

  • Was there any part of the process of buying or selling a home that clients were pleased or particularly displeased with?
  • What was the asking price?
  • What was the sales price?
  • What area to you specialize in?
  • What types of properties have you sold
  • Do you have a pricing strategy you recommend?

It’s important to choose an agent who has experience working with homes similar to yours.

Check The Real Estate Agent’s Credentials

Check with your California’s Department of real estate (https://www.dre.ca.gov)
to verify the agent’s licensing. While you’re on that website, you’re also often able to look into regulatory actions and complaints against the agent.

You should also ask the agent how long they’ve been buying and selling homes. If they’re representing an agency, ask how long they’ve been with that particular agency, and their history with other firms.

Above all, it’s important to choose a real estate agent in Los Angeles that you can trust. Regular communication is extremely important when selling your home, as in many cases, a house represents the majority of your net worth. A good agent will be able to answer questions such as:

  • How many inquiries have been made about my home?
  • How many of these inquiries came from people likely to make a purchase (not just window shoppers)?
  • What other properties in this neighborhood are for sale? What is the asking price of those homes?

Ask The Local Real Estate Agent How They Plan On Selling Your House

Sometimes going the direct route is the best. In the case of looking for a local Los Angeles CA real estate agent, ask them how they intend on selling your house for you that the other agents in town won’t do. And see what their answer is.

What kind of selling system do they use? Many agents just sent out postcards and some flyers. They should have a cohesive plan and selling system to help you get top dollar. What is the name of the system they use? Has it won any awards? Is it patented or been featured in any major news networks?

This Is Where Low Priced Isn’t Always The Best

Often times Los Angeles CA home sellers want to go with the lowest priced option. Just remember, you get what you pay for and this is frequently a seller’s largest asset.

Heck, when you look at the numbers… if a real estate agent is earning 3% on a $100,000 sale… that’s $3,000 in fees just to 1 real estate agent (usually both agents representing the buyer and the seller earn commission)… it isn’t cheap.  But just really do your research before you go with a cut rate agent or a flat fee agent… because that usually means that the service you’re getting is also a lower level service.

There is an enormous difference in skill between the best and worst agents out there. The best agent will get you the most money, the worse agent can make it a painful process and not get you as much as you deserve.

Some of the best real estate agents in Los Angeles have great marketing systems and are able to sell homes faster and for higher prices.  So even if you find someone to sell your house at a 1% fee… look long and hard at whether you’ll be saving money long term.

The same goes for selling your house to a local real estate investor like Tucker Buys Homes LA.  The highest priced offer isn’t always the best. Look at the terms of the deal the house buyer offers you… and ensure they can close on-time… because every month that goes by costs you money (your mortgage, taxes, insurance, utilities, etc.) to hold the property.

It’s important to avoid low-quality real estate agents. These could be “rookies” who will do anything to make their first sale (including leaving dollars on the table). A good real estate can make selling your home an extremely smooth experience, and will work in your best interest.

So go out there and do your research and find a local real estate agent. Check their reviews, credentials and history.

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