Get to Know Your Santa Cruz Real Estate Agent Before Saying I Do

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Monday, July 27th, 2009 at 11:27am.

Choosing a Santa Cruz real estate agent is a lot like finding the perfect mate: there are plenty out there but just because they are available doesn't mean a relationship will work. There are plenty of real estate agents out there to help you purchase Santa Cruz real estate, and like the old saying about relationships says, there's someone for everyone.

Simply walking in off the street and signing a contract with the first REALTOR® you meet is a pretty sure way to end up in real estate divorce.  Here are some tips on how to make the relationship last.

• Get referrals: Although contacting past clients isn't exactly as good as talking to girlfriends about the guys they've dated, it is a good way to find out if others have been satisfied with the way a Santa Cruz real estate agent conducted their sale or purchase. Make sure you ask the agents for a list of the last 5 to 10 clients they have had in chronological order—don't let the agents just hand select the ones they know will give raving reviews.

• Make sure the real estate agents understand and are able to meet your needs. Completely lay out what you are looking for in a piece of Santa Cruz real estate and make sure they deal with those types of properties whether they are rental units, personal homes, or investment properties.

• The final comparison on love and real estate is that once you find the perfect match—be loyal. Nothing will sour a deal, or a relationship, with your Santa Cruz real estate agent faster than sneaking around with another agent or going behind your agent's back to get out of paying fees. Plus, you'll sleep better at night knowing you played fair and you are always welcome back with open arms the next time you are looking for that perfect piece of property.

If you'd like to create a profitable relationship with a Santa Cruz real estate agent, I'd be honored if you'd give me a chance.  To schedule a time when you can interview me, call me at 831.662.6522 or email me at lauren@laurenspencer.com 

 

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Choosing a Santa Cruz real estate agent

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About Lauren Spencer

Award-Winning Santa Cruz REALTOR®

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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