How to Find the Right San Francisco Real Estate Agent

How to Find the Right San Francisco Real Estate AgentSan Francisco is a big city and finding a place to live in the city if you are relocating to the area can feel intimidating. The best strategy for finding a home in the city is to work with a local real estate agent, but finding an agent in San Francisco can feel even more intimidating. How do you know you are hiring someone you can trust? How do you know you are hiring an actual pro in the residential real estate realm?

Unfortunately, the requirements to become a real estate agent are not extremely hard to go through. In San Francisco and much of the county all agents are required to do is take some courses and take a test. That is it. Then a person can obtain a license to be a real estate salesperson. This throws an even bigger challenge at someone searching for an expert agent who can help them navigate the large San Francisco market. 

Steps to Finding the Right San Francisco Real Estate Agent

Research 

Before meeting with an agent in person do some research. Check them out through third-party websites. Look them up to confirm they are licensed. (Some agents are not actually agents). Check third-party reviews. Look at their website. A great agent with plenty of experience will have plenty of content about them when you plug their name, job title, and location into your web browser. 

Check out this Google review from Randi Castle

"Rebecca has always been a great listener, She pays attention to your needs and she delivers. Never too pushy, and always available to address any issues that arise. She is a prime Realtor, that is knowledgeable in her field, and an expert agent in her area. My go to San Francisco agent!! Thanks Rebecca!!"

Go Through an Interview Process

When hiring someone you do not know, you want to ask several questions and interview a potential agent. Ask so many questions that you feel you truly get a feel for the agent, their personality, their experience, and how they conduct business. The longer you talk with a potential agent the better idea you will get of how you will work together. Even if a real estate agent is great at their job, if they don't have great customer service the process of buying a home will be less than pleasant.

If you are not sure what questions to ask here are some good ones to start with:

  • How Many Real Estate Sales/Purchases have you done in the last year?
  • How many clients do you work with at one time?
  • Do you work with a team? How many people does this include?
  • What is your process for reviewing contracts with clients?
  • Can you give an example of how you put a client's needs and wants first even when your personal opinion was different while still helping them discover what was ultimately best?
  • What fees do you charge?
  • How many repeat clients have you worked with?
  • Can you point me to a third-party site with reviews on your services?
  • Can you walk me through your standard process of helping clients find a home?
  • How long have you lived in San Francisco? Can you describe your favorite parts of the city? 

As you are asking the questions more will come to your mind, be sure to ask those as well. 

Measure the Evidence

Now that You Have Done Your Homework and have met with a potential agent and asked questions, it is time to weigh the evidence. You don't want to jump into anything if after meeting with someone something feels too good to be true, or answers feel off. Trust your gut but also take a minute to consider the answers and reviews and evidence backing up answers and make your decision from there. 

If you are looking for an agent in San Francisco, I am happy to meet with you. I encourage you to check out all of the reviews about me and my credentials. If you have questions about my qualifications and past experience in selling homes I am happy to answer your questions and provide proof to back up the answers. 

Please browse my website and contact me anytime. I am here to provide excellent San Francisco real estate services to all of my clients. Whether you are looking to buy or sell a home. 

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