3 More Tips for Choosing the Best Real Estate Agent in Willow Glen

As hard as it can be to buy real estate in Willow Glen, it can be just as hard to find a good real estate agent to work with.  We want to equip you with a few tips that can help you find the best real estate agent in Willow Glen. Whether you are selling your home or looking to buy in the area, you want to work with a real estate agent that is experienced and skilled in areas that benefit you.

best real estate agent in willow glenTip #1 – Ask Questions

I know this almost goes without saying, but you would be surprised at how many people allow the real estate agent to steer the information during the interview process.  Remember, you are qualifying them they are not qualifying you.

In addition to the normal questions about their experience, here are some good questions to ask:

  • What makes you qualified to be a Willow Glen Neighborhood Expert?
      • Many real estate agents will claim to know Willow Glen, but what you will find is that some real estate agents or Realtors will stand out above the rest.
  • What is your process when you are the listing agent and the buyer’s agent in a home sell?
      • This is a tough question for many real estate professionals because it is a question about trust. You must have a process if you are representing both parties because you have fiduciary responsibilities to both parties.  How can you sell a home listing for top dollar, while protecting the value for your buyer?  How do you communicate the relationship with both clients?
  • When is the last time you sold a home or bought a home for a client in Willow Glen? Can we call them for a reference?


Tip #2 – Do Your Own Research

Let’s be real we live in a world with “fake news” and media manipulation, so it should be no surprise that doing a little bit of homework may save you a whole lot of stress.

A few places you can look to help you decide:

  • The Real Agent’s Website
      • This can give you an idea of his or her marketing or lack of marketing for their clients. It can also help you connect with their social media to better understand who they are as a person.
  • Google Their Name, Title & Company
      • Using a simple Google Search can help you find any top-level information and news headlines that can be helpful.
  • Search MLSListings.com
      • The MLSListings.com is a website design to display home listings in Santa Clara County. You can also do searches by Agent, which helps you see what homes they have listed and sold recently.


Tip# 3 – Ask Yourself Questions

Sometimes asking yourself the right questions can give you the “gut check” you need to make a better decision.  Well, you know the feeling when you kick yourself for not going with what you felt was the best choice, but you allowed yourself to be convinced otherwise.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • Has this real estate agent asked the right questions to really understand our goals?
      • Have you ever talk with someone that can only talk about themselves? A real estate agent should be interested in learning how they can serve your needs. They should be able to answer all your questions while asking you the right questions to understand your situation and goals.
  • Does this real estate agent have the right amount of knowledge, experience, and capabilities to help us buy or sell our home?
      • This is a question you need to weigh out. It is not all the time that the “30 years as a Real Estate Agent” is right for you.  Innovation is redefining the real estate industry and new capabilities are being introduced daily.  Advertising strategy, technology, digital media and other capabilities should factor in on your decision.
  • Is this agent too pushy? Do I feel this real estate agent genuinely cares about my situation?
      • You are probably thinking this is a no-brainer, right? Yet I hear so many stories of how homeowners and potential homeowners feel pushed into signing with a real estate agent that had so many red flags.  The real estate agent should be more focused on providing you a pleasant buying or selling experience with her or him, than calculating their commission check.
      • Another piece of advice, if a real estate agents #1 pitch is their amazing closing gift – Red Flag.

3 More Tips for Choosing the Best Real Estate Agent in Willow Glen

Buying or selling homes in Willow Glen have higher stakes than most parts of San Jose.  My three tips and nine examples can help you have a better experience and more importantly deliver a real estate professional that is focused on you.  I know there are additional elements to consider in picking your next real estate professional, but I hope these tips become a valuable part of your selection process.

If you have any questions or if you are in need of real estate services, don't hesitate to contact me.

Brian Tanger, Realtor

Ph: (408) 203-3990 | tangerhomes@serenogroup.com


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