Hiring a real estate agent in Kansas City can be frustrating. So what are the steps on how to find a good real estate agent in Kansas City?
Many brokers spend tons of money (tens of thousands per month) to ensure that they are seen and are the top names that come up when people are searching for agents in Kansas City.
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 Kansas City.
[NOTE: If you need to sell your Kansas City house fast and can’t wait the 3-6 months+ it is taking to sell a home on the local market… we may be able to help by buying your house from you. We can make you an all-cash offer within 24 hours on your house in as-is condition. ]
How To Find A Good Real Estate Agent In Kansas City – Get Reviews… Real Reviews
In today’s increasingly digital world, we all put a lot of trust into online reviews. However many people don’t realize how easily those can be manipulated. It is as easy as paying people to write positive reviews about your company online. To get accurate feedback, ask the agent for a referral from a previous client. A good agent will be happy to do so and likely has many people who would be willing to provide a testimonial as well.
As a another way to check out the agent… hit Google and type in “[name of agent] reviews” and see what pops up in the Google search. If you see a bunch of bad reviews on websites like yelp and others… see if the agent tried to engage with those negative reviewers online to resolve the situation. Any agent worth their salt will be managing their reputation and working to create happy clients and/or fix the unhappy ones.
Ask the Right Questions Of The Local Kansas City Real Estate Agent
Ask the agent (or better yet, 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 properties have you worked with in my location?
- What about similarly sized properties?
It’s important to choose an agent who has experience working with homes similar to yours. As Kansas City real estate varies greatly by neighborhood and even block, you need an agent that understands your exact property and market.
Check The Real Estate Agent’s Credentials
Check with your state’s real estate regulatory authority 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 Kansas City 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 Kansas City 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.
Great agents have a plan beyond just listing the thing on the MLS and are ready to jump into action right away to massively market the home.
This Is Where Low Priced Isn’t Always The Best
Oftentimes Kansas City home sellers want to go with the lowest priced option.
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.
Some of the best real estate agents in Kansas City 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 1.5% fee make sure that this agent will still meet your needs and expectations. That often means a quick sale for your asking price or above.
The same goes for selling your house to a local real estate investor like Green Sparrow Properties. 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 agent 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.
If you need to sell your house fast… we’d love to make you an all-cash fair offer on your house.
We can make you a no-obligation offer in 24 hours or less and you can weigh that option against going with a real estate agent. If you decide that you still would rather work with an agent after speaking to us, we can connect you to the best agents in the Kansas City market.
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