What to Look for When Hiring a Santa Cruz Real Estate Agent

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Monday, April 15th, 2013 at 1:01am.

Whether you’re purchasing or selling a home, you’ll want to make sure you have a Santa Cruz real estate agent with years of experience and plenty of expertise. Below are a few guidelines to follow when looking to hire the perfect property professional.

Find out if they are full-time or part-time REALTORS.

You want a full-time REALTOR working for you. If he or she is part time and you have to wait until his or her day job is over before placing your bid, then you could miss out on your dream home within a matter of hours. You want your professional’s focus to be in the property game, so that he or she knows what’s on the market, what’s a smart investment and what’s in your best interest.

Make sure he or she is working for you.

You will be the one paying your Santa Cruz real estate agent, so make sure he or she does the work. Ask potential REALTORS what marketing strategies they’ll use to promote your home. If looking to buy, ask how many homes they estimate they can send your way each week. You’re paying them to do the research, so make sure they’re planning to do it.

Look at their Multiple Listing Service (MLS) pages.

All REALTORS have access to the MLS site to list properties on. Ask to see their current listings, so you can evaluate how they’ll market your home. This is the first place many buyers and property professionals go to search for homes for sale, so make sure your REALTOR’S listings stand out.

Check their references.

Many homebuyers and sellers ask for these credentials, but never actually follow up. Call each reference to see what their experience was like; you’ll be surprised at some people’s frankness.

Don’t just settle on the first Santa Cruz real estate agent you find in the phonebook! Search for an expert whose standards will match your investment.

If you’re looking for a new home or getting ready to put your house on the market, please call me at 831.662.6522 or email me at Lauren@LaurenSpencer.com for more information.

For additional information, please visit my home page at www.MySantaCruzRealEstate.com.


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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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