At BostonMoneyMan, we’re proud to be a partner in financing to clients looking for a great home and an affordable monthly payment. When it comes to finding the right house, condo, or manufactured home, a real estate agent is key. In our blog this week, we’ll talk about what real estate agents and Realtors do, what the difference between them is, and a few things to look for when choosing a real estate agent. If you’re local to San Diego, CA, we’re here to answer your questions, offer free quotes, and even put you in touch with a trusted real estate agent when the time is right.
Types of Real Estate Professionals
There are a few key distinctions to make when we’re talking about people who help people buy and sell homes.
Real estate agents, sometimes known as real estate salespeople, must complete at least 50 hours of real estate courses and pass an exam to become certified in the state of California.
Real estate brokers must complete further training to call themselves brokers; that is, at least 150 hours of approved courses. They also must have completed at least three years’ experience actively working as a real estate agent before they can become brokers. These professionals also must pass another examination.
A Realtor, sometimes stylized REALTOR, is a real estate agent who is a member of the National Association of Realtors. To maintain membership in the association, REALTORS must uphold certain standards and a code of ethics. The Realtor title is widely respected, and membership in the organization provides access to market data that non-Realtor real estate agents may not be privy to.
How to Choose the Right Real Estate Professional
Choosing a real estate agent doesn’t have to be an arduous task once you know the right questions to ask. You don’t necessarily have to work with a Realtor, but for some of clients, this unique certification provides extra peace of mind. Whichever type of professional you work with, you should ask:
- For proof of license or certification
- For the names of recent clients whom you can speak with about their experiences
- How long he or she has been in real estate and how long as an active agent in Mount Pleasant specifically
- If he or she has won any awards, such as Top Realtor or a Better Business Bureau certification in the local area
- If he or she works as an agent full or part time
- If he or she has connections with an agency or works alone
By asking these questions, you can get a better feel for how experienced and legitimate each agent is and see if he or she has the time and experience you need to find a great home. Good real estate professionals will work closely with your mortgage professional to ensure you only see homes in your budget. It’s important to remember that patience is key when it comes to finding the right home at the right price. A great agent will be well-connected in the community and be able to get you in fast to see potential homes, so you can make an offer when the time is right.
We’re Here to Help
If you’d like to learn more about choosing a real estate agent or would like some recommendations for agents in San Diego, CA, contact BostonMoneyMan. We love helping our clients achieve the dream of owning a home, and we’re here to help in any way we can.