There are countless real estate agents in Myrtle Beach, but trying to find the good ones can be frustrating. So what are the steps on how to find a good real estate agent in Myrtle Beach?
You may see the same large brokerages pop up on your facebook news feed, advertised on your google searches, even on billboards in Myrtle Beach. Just look around on 501, 17, 707, etc. and you will see them everywhere. Many of these brokerages spend thousands of dollars a month on advertising, but that doesn’t always mean that the agents they have working for them are the best realtors.
The agents backed by the most promotion dollars aren’t always the best, and may not be a good fit for your circumstances. In today’s post, we’re going to look at how you can find a good real estate agent in Myrtle Beach.
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How To Find A Good Real Estate Agent In Myrtle Beach – Get Reviews… Real Reviews
Online reviews of real estate agents are easily manipulated, and can be often times little more than paid advertisements. It’s important to get honest reviews from any agent that you’re considering, and any reputable agent will be glad to provide you with recent clients.
Speak to these clients, ask them if the agent had their best interests in mind or was just trying to make a quick sale, what they would have changed about the process, and if they would recommend the realtor to a member of their own family. Reviews are one of the best ways to see how any real estate professional does out in the marketplace.
Another way to find agent reviews is to go to Google and type in “[name of agent] reviews” and see what pops up in the Google search. If you see a bunch of bad reviews on websites like yelp and others… see if the agent tried to engage with those negative reviewers online to resolve the situation.
Ask the Right Questions Of The Local Myrtle Beach Real Estate Agent
Ask the agent (or better yet, his or her former clients) the following questions to gauge the agent’s skill, and ability to represent you as a buyer or a seller:
- Was there any part of the process of buying or selling a home that clients were pleased or displeased with?
- What was the asking price?
- What was the sales price?
- How long did it take to get an offer accepted?
- How long did it take to close?
- How many offers did they get?
- How much was the realtor commission (average is 6% in Myrtle Beach)?
- What properties have you bought or sold in my location?
- What about similarly sized properties?
- Did you host any open houses? How many?
- What days/hours do you work? (Most buyers need to view houses around their work schedules.)
It’s important to choose an agent who has experience working with homes similar to yours. Similar neighborhood, price range, size, etc.
Check The Real Estate Agent’s Credentials
Check with your state’s real estate regulatory authority to verify the agent’s licensing. While you’re on that website, you’re also often able to look into regulatory actions and complaints against the agent.
You should also ask the agent how long they’ve been buying and selling homes. Ask how long they’ve been with their particular brokerage, and their history with other firms. Agents always have to work under a broker, and if the agent bounced around from brokerage to brokerage, that could be a bad sign.
Above all, it’s important to choose a real estate agent in Myrtle Beach that you can trust. Regular communication is of the upmost importance when selling your home, as in many cases, a house represents the majority of your net worth. A good agent will be able to answer questions such as:
- How many inquiries have been made about my home?
- How many of these inquiries came from people likely to make a purchase (not just tire kickers)?
- What other properties in this neighborhood are for sale? What are the asking prices of those homes? What are the recent sales prices of those homes?
Ask The Local Real Estate Agent How They Plan On Selling Your House
Sometimes the best thing to do is ask them point blank, how they are going to get your house sold quickly and for the right price. In the case of looking for a local Myrtle Beach SC real estate agent, ask them how they intend on selling your house for you that the other agents in town won’t do. And see what their answer is.
The great realtors typically have a marketing plan and will get your house out there and on the market in a big way. Every realtor will be listing your house on the MLS (the online database that realtors use to share listings with each other) so that wouldn’t be considered anything particularly noteworthy. What else are they going to do to get your house sold?
This Is Where Low Priced Isn’t Always The Best
Often times Myrtle Beach SC home sellers want to go with the lowest priced option.
Here in Myrtle Beach, the average real estate commission is 6%. This is typically split between the buyer’s and seller’s agent (and then further split between each broker). So on a $100,000 sale, that’s $6,000 in fees. But each agent is probably only earning $1,500 on a transaction of this size. So really do your research before you go with a cut rate agent or a flat fee agent… because that usually means that the service you’re getting is also a lower level service. And this means you could be missing out on getting a higher sales price because your agent isn’t working hard for you and keeping your best interests in mind. Realtors don’t get paid hourly, so how much time and energy do you really think a low commission agent is going to dedicate to you?
Some of the best real estate agents in Myrtle Beach have great marketing systems and are able to sell homes faster and for higher prices. So even if you find someone to sell your house at a 1.5% fee… look long and hard at whether you’ll be saving money long term, and how long it will actually take to sell your home. Also, find out how much of the work they will be doing for you and how much you will be doing personally.
The same goes for selling your house to a local real estate investment firm like Belle Coast Properties. The highest priced offer isn’t always the best. Look at the terms of the deal the house buyer offers you… and ensure they can close on-time… because every month that goes by costs you money (your mortgage, taxes, insurance, utilities, etc.) to hold the property.
It’s important to avoid low-quality real estate agents. These could be high-pressure agents trying to get you to accept the first low-ball offer that comes in, or “rookies” who are just trying to make their first sale (and may be leaving dollars on the table). Nothing against newbies, everyone starts somewhere, and you may be perfectly comfortable working with a new agent. A good real estate agent can make selling your home an extremely smooth experience, and will work in your best interest.
So go out there and do your research and find a local real estate agent.
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