Find the Right Santa Cruz Real Estate Agent

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Friday, February 8th, 2013 at 1:01am.

When making one of the largest investments of your life, it’s important to take the task of finding a Santa Cruz real estate agent very seriously. It may be easy to find enthusiastic professionals, but when they’re advising you on such a huge financial deal, you’ll want a successful expert you can completely trust. Below are 5 steps to finding the right Realtor for you!

1. Discover a Santa Cruz real estate agent.
Make sure to get referrals from family, friends, neighbors and colleagues. It might also be a good idea to visit open houses in your area in order to meet Realtors in person and see them in action.

2. Research their work.
Once you’ve narrowed down the list, then it’s time to do a little online stalking. Check the listings they have posted on their website and make sure they have appealing photographs, detailed information about the homes and an overall clear and professional online presence.

3. Interview the expert.
You’ll need to prioritize what you think are the most important qualities in property professionals. Enquire whether they’re licensed in your state, if they are top producers at their brokerage, how many of their homes listed in the last year sold and how they’ll market your property.

4. Find out if they’re specialized.
Whether you’re looking to buy or sell a distressed property, luxury home, condominium, mobile home, farm or beach house, you’ll want to make sure you have a specialized professional. Ask how much experience they have with your particular niche and what qualifies them to get you the best deal.

5. Make a decision.
After you’ve interviewed multiple Realtors, checked their references and reviewed their sample marketing plans, you’ll need to assess their credentials based on success rate and compatibility. Then you can call and give one of them the good news!

Don’t just sign a contract with the first Santa Cruz real estate agent you meet. Take the time to do your research, conduct thorough interviews and make the right decision for your financial future.

If you’d like more information on finding successful property professionals in your area, please call me at 831.662.6522 or email me at

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Lauren Spencer is your local real estate expert, specializing in Santa Cruz real estate and surrounding communities—this is where she lives, works, and plays too. Let her know your questions about the community and county and she'll be happy to fill you in on all you want to know! Lauren Spencer has consistently been voted best local REALTOR in Santa Cruz and is always happy to offer her advice and expertise. Call her at: 800.226.4717.

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