There are a lot of options on the market when it comes to selecting a realtor. In fact, it can be downright overwhelming. By following a few simple steps and keeping the following things in mind, you’ll be on your way to working with the realtor that’s perfect for your needs.

Need one? Find one! Getting recommendations from family and friends is a great place to start your search, said Jon Cota, broker/owner at NextHome Experience in Bangor. Many of them have had their own experience with realtors in the past and can offer suggestions. Of course, a quick search online will reveal many realtors in your area.

Make sure they’re qualified. A good realtor should possess all the state-required licenses and take part in ongoing professional training, said Cota. They should have proven sales experience, an understanding of market trends, and be organized. A good realtor is also a good listener, said Cota, is communicative, and displays integrity.

Results! Buyers working with a good realtor should expect to find a match in less than 10 showings, said Cota, and sellers should shoot to be under contract in the first few weeks of listing. This can’t always happen, he said— and a good realtor communicates the possible reasons why with solid research and data, and should be prepared with suggestions.

Why is NextHome an excellent choice? NextHome is “the future of real estate,” said Cota. “We offer ever-changing, mind-blowing technology and some of the best people you could meet—we automatically expect more of ourselves.” The company prides itself on offering full-service real estate solutions and innovatively embracing technology to make home buying and selling easy and seamless for their clients and customers.

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