Real estate, like fishing, is surprisingly subtle. What seems like an exercise in baiting the MLS and waiting for nibbles is actually full of small but significant actions that can make buying or selling property in Elmhurst either an exciting adventure, or an endless lesson in patience. Here are some tips for finding the right person to pursue your real estate goals.

Make sure that the person you retain has enough experience. Ask how many transactions he or she has closed in the past twelve months. Remember also that a new agent isn’t necessarily a poor agent – ask who is coaching them along and what professional training they’ve had to date. With the proper guidance and a newcomer’s motivation, this person may just be a good fit for your needs.

The agent you retain must have enough time to devote to your particular situation. He or she should be willing to sit down and answer any questions you have, whether you’re a first-timer or an experienced investor. Good service requires sufficient time to accomplish, so if you feel that your needs are too far down the to-do list, it may mean you should move them to someone else’s list.

A good agent will be very familiar with the location in which your transaction will take place. The particulars of the market in that region, its neighborhoods and amenities should be well known to the person you select to represent you.

Finally, good agents always have good references. They will have lists of happy clients whose needs were fully met. Don’t hesitate to contact people who have recently completed transactions to get their insights into working with a particular agent. Feel free to Google the agent, too, to follow up on their licensure and any disciplinary actions that may have been filed.

Successfully buying and selling property may be complicated, but you shouldn’t find it intimidating. Properly trained real estate professionals, such as all of us here at The Gracik Makinney Group, know the ins and outs of the process and can walk you through it with little difficulty. We’ll help you make the catch of the day because we’re dedicated to providing you the best service possible. Drop by the office for a chat at 190 North York Road here in Elmhurst, or give us a call at 630-441-5570.