What Questions You Need to Ask Your Santa Barbara Real Estate Agent

The decision to sell or buy a home here in the Santa Barbara and Montecito area is not a small decision based on the prices of homes that exist in our community.  Because of this, if you are not careful in who you choose to represent you, you can be throwing away tens or hundreds of thousands of

dollars. Often people will base their decision on which Realtor to use by whom they feel the most comfortable working with, whom they know personally and/or which Realtor is a great referral from someone they trust.  All of these are logical and good criteria.  As importantly, you need to look at the following criteria before making your final decision.

  1. How long has your Realtor been selling real estate and are they a full time agent?

  2. How much real estate did your Realtor sell last year?

  3. How many homes has your Realtor sold in your area?

  4. Does your Realtor have a good portfolio of other listings they have sold?

  5. How well does your Realtor know the area?

  6. Does your Realtor have a specific marketing plan in mind?

  7. Does your Realtor have a terrific Internet strategy and how comfortable are they online?

Everyone needs to start somewhere, but now that I am over this hump and have been in the business for 10 years, I can speak realistically about what I knew in my first years.  Believe me, experience and being a local is more than huge. Make sure you are comfortable with quality answers to all the above questions. One key for anyone in today's market is to realize that the vast majority of buyers use the internet as an information resource when searching for their next home.  Because of this, your agent needs to have comfortably embraced the internet from both a buyer and seller perspective.  Ask to see their personal website(s), blogs, auto email listings etc. and truly understand how your Realtor will work for you in your next real estate transaction. 

    For information on Real Estate here in Santa Barbara, Montecito and/or our surrounding areas, as well as any other aspects of life in our area, please don’t hesitate to contact Kevin Schmidtchen at Berkshire Hathaway.

    Thank you for reading.  I hope you find Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice informative. Please feel free to contact me or comment below with any thoughts.

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