The process of buying and selling a property can be an exciting yet overwhelming experience.
Even for seasoned property owners, it can be a daunting experience as this is one of the biggest investments most people make in their lifetime.
Selling and buying a property has gotten even more complicated in the recent years as there has been more rules and regulations implemented by the government.
Even with the availability of DIY options, this is the main reason why many people still choose to engage a real estate agent to help them navigate through blind spots and ensure a smoother real estate experience.
A professional and experienced real estate agent can ensure that he helps you negotiate for the best price in the market and that your property sells for top dollar.
He must be fully aware of the pulse of the market, has connections with other agents and publications, is a great listener and consultant when it comes to your helping you narrow down your wants and needs and a great coordinator to ensure the entire process goes smoothly.
The good news for consumers is that there are many real estate agencies and agents to choose from.
According to the Council of Estate Agencies (CEA), the total number of registered real estate agents continues to grow year on year since COVID.
But with such a huge pool comes a challenge for consumers - engaging the right agent to meet your needs.
- How would you know which real estate agent is the right one for you?
- What factors exactly separate great agents and the mediocre ones?
The next few pointers covered may help you to find your way to the ideal real estate agent and make your next property buying or selling experience a breeze.
1. First things first - Check if the real estate agent has a valid licence granted by CEA
Don’t let classy business suits, decorative pins and photos of awards mislead you.
There are many real estate agents in the market but not all have a registration granted by the CEA to conduct estate agency work.
To make sure that you are engaging a legitimate agent, do a quick check on the CEA website here or via the CEA@SG Mobile Application to ensure that the agent is registered and he or she has not been suspended for disciplinary issues for a peace of mind.
On top of that, you can know whether any awards have been conferred