10 tips for choosing a Realtor

10 tips for choosing a Realtor

Allison Goodhart DuShuttle, a Realtor in Virginia, wrote a great article about how to choose a Realtor. It’s something that’s more important than a lot of people think.

I often equate it to dating: you need to be able to work with your Realtor and Mortgage professional, and they need to be able to work with each other.  Buying a home is a process, and it requires a lot of teamwork to make it all happen.

So by all means, ask your co-worker, your friend, or Google to recommend a Realtor in your area. Just understand that that person may not be a great fit for you, even if they are a great Realtor. If you don’t feel a connection – that’s ok. The best agents will understand.

Relationship with you is her #1 bullet, but the others: Area Knowledge, Availability, Communication style… All important points as well. Make sure that you have an in-depth conversation UP FRONT with whoever you choose and iron those things out.

10 tips for choosing a Realtor.


  1. says

    I really like that you say to find someone that you will get along working with. Since you are trusting them to help you buy or sell a house, it would be bad if they didn’t get along with you. It would also be nice if they had special connections that they would share with you.

  2. says

    My wife and I have been trying to find a home to buy without any luck. We have been considering hiring a realtor. I like that you mentioned that a good realtor might not necessarily be a good fit for you, and you should find somebody that you feel connected to. That is something that is really important to us.

  3. says

    I love what you said about how buying a home is a process, and it requires a lot of teamwork to make it all happen. I’ve heard that the best way to buy a home quickly is to have weekly sit-downs with your realtor to get updates about potential properties. Communication is the key! I’ll have to keep this great information in mind as my wife and I begin the process of trying to sell our home!

  4. says

    A friend of mine is thinking about finding a new house, but wasn’t sure how to hire a realtor to help him out. I really like that you say to look online for recommendations. It might be nice to see their website in the process as well, and some reviews that past customers have left.

  5. says

    I agree that the relationship between you and a realtor is really key. It would seem that you would want to find someone who is really nice with you and who is agreeable. I’m looking for a home to rent so I’ll have to find a realtor with whom I get along to work with.

  6. says

    My wife and I are currently in the market for our first home. We don’t know how to evaluate value in a house and are currently looking for help. I didn’t realize how important it is to find a real estate agent that you can establish a good relationship with to establish trust. I’ll be sure to remember as we continue our search.

  7. says

    I like your point that you not only need to find a great Realtor, but one who understands and connects with you. Buying a home is a huge investment, so you need to do it right. With that mindset, you really should find someone to help you that has a great understanding of what will be best for you.

  8. says

    My husband and I are looking into buying a home. We want to find a realtor that will really help us find a home that will fit our needs and budget. As you said, asking friends, family or the internet for referrals is a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

  9. says

    I agree that you want to google a realtor before choosing them. Finding out what others have to say would be really helpful in determining if they are experienced. My husband and I are looking for a realtor, so we’ll have to find someone who has good reviews.

  10. says

    You make a good point when you say to check with Google when choosing a realtor. Finding someone who has good online reviews would help you know that they are qualified. My husband and I are looking for a realtor to help us buy our first home, so we’ll have to check online first.