What You Need To Know To Find The Best Realtor
Here Is How To Identify The Best Realtor From The Thousands In Tucson, AZ
Usually, you call the Realtor you know from when you bought your present home. Ok, that’s a start. Did you like how they worked with you when you bought your home?
But now the big BUT. But will they the best Realtor to sell your home? Or find you a home in a new town or state? How do you find a Realtor in your new location?
The internet of course.
But there are thousands of Realtor websites in Tucson, AZ or any other city.
And how will you know the best Realtor for you from a website?
Here are some surprising facts about Realtors. As a general rule, to be a “licensed Realtor” in the United States a person needs to;
- Be at least 18 or 19 years old (depends on the state)
- Have legal US residency
- Complete your required pre-license education
- Pass your state real estate license examination
Now understand, this is the “general” rule. Each state has its own specific requirements.
For example, to be a licensed Real Estate Agent in Arizona, a person must;
- Be 18 years of age
- Complete 90 hours of pre-license education
- Pass a Real Estate School and State Exam
Oh, and one more thing, be of high moral character.
The Bigger Picture
The state with the most licensed Real Estate Agents is Florida. Now this will make you wince a little. In Florida there is ONE Realtor for every 134 residents. (activerain.com)
Do the math. Florida’s 2017 population was 20,980,000. And there is 1 Realtor for every 134 residents. That means there are over 156,000 Real Estate Agents in Florida.
The State With The 2nd Highest Number Of Realtors?
Did You guess it! Arizona!
Arizona has ONE Realtor for every 161 residents. That means with the 2017 population of 7.02 million, there are 43,500 real estate agents in Arizona.
So what’s my point? Becoming a licensed Realtor is pretty damn easy. 90 hours of classes and pass an exam?
You don’t need any advanced education OR related experience. No experience in anything. NONE, ZIP, ZERO, NADA. It is NOT A Requirement!
And they are advising people in one of the bigger financial decisions most people will make.
The Good News
NAR’s Realtors Demographic data for May 2018 shows –
The typical REALTOR® is a 54 year old white female who attended college and is a homeowner.
The details behind the “attended college” are –
Formal education of REALTORS®:
- Some college: 30%
- Bachelor’s degree: 30%
- Graduate degree and above: 13%
- Associate degree: 13%
- Some graduate school: 6%
- High school graduate: 8%
But there is a big question to be answered. Is the field of education they have relevant to buying or selling a home?
How many Realtors have an education or the relevant work experience needed to navigate a person or couple through the financial considerations they need to make?
Better dive in and dive deep to find out!
Questions To Ask When Choosing Your Real Estate Agent
But lets pause for a moment. What does “best” mean in a Best Realtor?
The Merriam Webster Dictionary (online version of course) defines the term “best” as;
superlative of good
1: excelling all others
IE – the best student in the class
2: most productive of good. Offering or producing the greatest advantage, utility, or satisfaction
IE – What is the best thing to do?
The important thing to understand is, “best” is in the eye of the beholder. In this cast You!
You are in control of the process to select your best Realtor. How? Ask questions!
Listen carefully to the answers you get. If the answers make you believe one of the people you “interview” is the Best Realtor for you, they probably are.
So here we go! These 12 questions will help you choose a Realtor that is the Best Realtor for YOU!
Questions To Ask Realtors To Choose Your Best Realtor
You want a Realtor who knows the market and the real estate business. It is pretty easy to have 90 hours of classes and pass a test. But knowledge and expertise is gained through experience.
Per the NAR, the average tenure as a Realtor is 10 years. Look for someone with more than that.
If you are considering building a home ask your best Realtor candidate what to be aware of. A new construction contract is different than a standard “resale” purchase contract. Ask us why!
Our Answer –
We have been a Tucson Realtor Team since 2002. We are full time Realtors working every day with home buyers and sellers.
Solid Tucson Real Estate experience. Yes!
2. What Certifications Do You Have
Every Realtor must attend continuing education classes to maintain their license. In Arizona, the 24 hours of class time every 24 months.
Understand what training the Realtor has had. And take time and ask about certification the Realtor has outside of the normal real estate CE programs.
For example, going to a University for a course in finance. Or taking an online class in a relevant field of knowledge.
Our Answer –
We don’t know the education and backgrounds of every Tucson Realtor. But we believe our education and work experience is unmatched in Tucson real estate. What do you think – TAKE A LOOK!
3. How many years of education and what type of work experience did you have before becoming a Realtor?
It might depend on the work experience of the person with the degree.
Does the candidate as your best Realtor understand the economy of the area? Property and income taxes?
Those are things that will effect you in the long run. And may have an impact on the value of your home.
Our Answer –
Before Tucson real estate, our careers were in the professional services industry. As Tucson Realtors we build on that experience to understand your interests, needs and wants. What do you think – TAKE A LOOK!
4. Do you do this full-time?
There are lot of people working part time in real estate. Do you want a Realtor that’s part time?
An agent working full-time is more likely to be up-to-date on the state of the market and the details of the communities and towns in the area.
Full time Realtor do more transactions. They are in the trenches everyday. Not just when the neighbor’s friend wants to sell their home.
Our Answer –
5. What neighborhoods do you specialize in?
You want your best Realtor to be well-acquainted with the areas you’re interested in. And better yet, areas you may not be aware of.
A good way to do this is to outline your interests. Style of home, amenities, hobbies, activities and budget. If your best Realtor candidate is any good, they will have more questions for you than you have for them.
A best Realtor will be direct, probe to find what you haven’t told them and explain what your trade-offs might be.
Our Answer –
6. What’s your schedule and availability?
A part time Realtor may have problems with this question. How can you be sure they will be available when you need them?
Can they react to changes in your schedule? Will they be able to answer your questions when you need answers – NOW?
If the answer is maybe respond to your needs for information.
A best Realtor candidate will outline the home buying or selling process. Identify the critical events in the process. And ask you what the communication method you want. Whether it’s phone, text, or email.
The best Realtor candidate will set the expectations for communication through every step in the process. This will be different for buys and sellers.
Our Answer –
You are our client, we work for you. We will understand your schedule and be there. Is it possible to have a schedule conflict? Yes. But we will let you know in advance and work with you to resolve it.
8. What sets you apart from the competition?
And the questions they ask you.
A Realtor that keeps talking isn’t listening. They are selling you on what they know. And that may not be what you want. The best Realtor candidate will keep asking questions.
What are you looking for? Have you been to the area before? What are your interests? What are your favorite hobbies and activities?
Will you be a “snowbird” or year around resident? Etc. Etc.
The best Realtor wants to know about you. That’s how they will meet your needs and expectations. Beware of the talker!
Our Answer –
Experience, education and backgrounds. This is a repeat, but our careers were in the professional services industry is unique. And we use that experience and our real estate expertise to understand your interests, needs and wants – TAKE A LOOK!
9. Do you work independently or with a team?
Some people think real estate is a solo sport. But many agents work on a real estate team. The experienced Realtor is the team leader. The rookie agents are the team members.
Some teams are good, some not so good. It all depends on your expectations.
And expectations can fall apart. So be clear on what you expect. Not what the Realtor and their team want.
Once again, the best Realtor candidate knows this. They will take time to explain how the process will work. And will change their process to meet your expectations.
Our Answer –
We are a husband and wife team OR duo! We are two resources with different skill sets and Tucson real estate expertise.
10. How long does it typically take buyers you’ve worked with to find and purchase a home?
The simple answer is “it depends”. Are you a cash buyer? Do you need to sell your present home before buying the next one?
Will you be getting a mortgage? Do you have the funds for the earnest money.
These are key considerations in setting a home buying schedule. Sellers will have a whole different list of considerations.
Can you make trade-offs throughout the home buying process. Is finding the “perfect” home in your least favorite community a problem for you.
The best Realtor candidate will always ask what you like or don’t like about every home they show you. Why?
To understand what changes may be taking place. Because they know every buyer changes some of their home buying criteria. Is a view essential? Do you want a pool? How about a community pool?
So on and so forth. The best Realtor candidate gathers information from you. And uses the information to find your perfect home. But there may be some trade-offs.
An now the answer to the question – in general. A cash buyer can be in a position to close in 3 weeks. But that also depends on what the seller’s schedule is.
When buying a home with a mortgage, 45 to 60 days is typical. But that means you are ready to move from your present home. Is it already sold? Can you handle two mortgage payments until you sell your home? Do you need to sell to get the down-payment on the new home?
Our Answer –
We know our schedule doesn’t drive the process. Yours does. And with two of us working for you there shouldn’t be any schedule conflicts.
11. How will you determine what homes may match my wants and needs?
In many ways, you have the answer to this question.
As we stated before, it is our experience that a home buyer’s criteria changes during the process. Why?
It will change based on what you see. As you visit homes for sale you will see things you like or don’t like.
What you thought you wanted may become less important. What you didn’t even think about may become important.
There is no home buying questionnaire that will lead right to “the” home. It is a process of seeing, sorting, seeing, sorting and finishing.
Based on discussions with you, the best Realtor will get insights into your needs and wants. And the big decision, your budget. That may override some of the “wants”.
When you contact us before starting your Tucson home buying process, we will go over these considerations in detail.
We will set up home searches that meet your “initial” criteria. And send you daily updates on homes for sale that meet them.
We want you to be as well informed about the Tucson real estate market. And get a feel of what you can buy within your budget.
Our Answer –
One of two ways. When you contact us before coming to Tucson to find your home, we will have discussed your interests and set you home searches for you. We will also provide information on Tucson and the home buying process in Arizona.
If you wait until you arrive in Tucson, our first meeting will be to provide a market and discuss your home buying objectives.
12. How will you keep in contact with me during the buying process and how often?
You hold the answer to this question. How do you want us to communicate with you. You decide, we will do what you want. The same is true for the communication schedule.
Tell us your preferred method of communication, your schedule, your way. We will do it. We work for you.
When we are showing you homes, we are right there to answer your questions. And help you see any trade-offs for every home we show you.
The beauty of today’s real estate business is that almost everything can be done electronically. You don’t need to be in Tucson to sign documents. Or to close on your perfect home in Tucson.
Our Answer –
Ask us, we will describe how it will be done to meet YOUR schedule and interests.
What Do Your Clients Say About Your Services?
This is another question to separate experienced Realtors from the rookies. Experienced Realtors know the importance of client testimonials. And they have them! Rookies don’t!
Ask to see a Realtor’s client testimonials. Ask if they have been edited. Read about the services provided. Not only showing homes, but the above and beyond stuff. Are words such as honest, professional, care about clients and “are the best”.
We care about each client and their unique situation. As in real estate, not two homes are exactly alike. And neither are the people who buy or sell them. Our clients! See what you think about “What Our Clients Say” – HERE!
Considering A Home In Tucson, AZ?
Are you thinking of buying a home in the greater Tucson area? Finding the right home can be a challenging process. But we can make the process much less stressful for you.
We have been Tucson Realtors since 2002. We know Tucson and the Tucson Real Estate market. As a top Realtor duo, we invest the time to understand your home buying interests and desires. At our first meeting, we will review the current real estate market with you. Show you the market data and then walk you through the Arizona home buying process.
Why? We want you to know what to expect. And what to plan for.
Interested in new construction? We’ll brief you on buying a new construction home. And what’s unique about the process.
For us, you are not another real estate transaction. You are a client and, future friend. We strive to create a relationship that continues long after you move into your home. Review our profiles. Check out our backgrounds, education, and certifications.
We are here to help you “know what you need to know” to buy a home in Tucson, AZ. We provide you information on Tucson events, places to shop and restaurants. Our resources include contractors, electricians, and home services. We will also help you get deals on tile and paint to make the home you buy yours. Our professional service backgrounds mean we put you first!
Thinking About Selling Your Home In The Greater Tucson Area?
Selling a home requires more than listing it in the Tucson MLS system. It’s about marketing. Marketing through multiple online channels.
To no one’s surprise, 80% of home buyers start their search on the internet. Homes must be visible on multiple internet channels. The more visible a home is, the faster it will sell.
We use multiple online marketing channels to showcase your home. We will build a stand-alone website built to show your home. Our marketing program targets key cities in the U. S. based on the season. For luxury listings, our drone service provides video of your home and neighborhood. This video along with professional photos helps the online buyer see and feel in your home.
To learn more about how we can help you sell your Tucson home, call us – 520-940-4541 – to arrange a meeting. We will visit your home and prepare a comparative market analysis. Then we will meet with you to review our analysis and our marketing program to “get your home sold!”
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