Jan
05

How Do I Hire a Realtor?

You Ask, We Answer: How Do I Hire a Realtor?

If buying or selling a home in Connecticut is at the top if your New Year’s resolutions, you’ll need a licensed Realtor. But for anyone searching for a Connecticut real estate agent for the very first time—or for the first time in a long time—it may feel overwhelming to know where to start. Here are our top tips for choosing a real estate agent, and why a Calcagni Real Estate Realtor is your best bet for buying or selling your home in Connecticut.

Choose a Realtor with hyperlocal knowledge

When choosing a Connecticut Realtor, finding one with hyperlocal experience can make all the difference. Yes, you want a real estate agent who can work throughout the state of Connecticut and who understands the full real estate market— not solely in a singular area. But by choosing an agent with hyperlocal experience, you can trust that they understand the unique attributes of your community, the school system, what houses like yours are listing and selling for (and therefore, how to price your home accordingly), and which areas of town are most desirable.

Calcagni Real Estate agents have hyperlocal experience because we live in the towns where we work. With over 50 years’ experience in Connecticut real estate, it’s safe to say we know Connecticut communities because we’re part of them. This deep knowledge means we can provide our clients with the best advice, the most detailed feedback, and proven strategies for buying and selling homes in towns throughout our beautiful state.

Remember, experience isn’t everything

There’s something to be said for an experienced Realtor: When you’ve been in real estate for years, you’ve no doubt handled all kinds of situations, and learned how best to negotiate and advocate on behalf of your clients.

But experience isn’t always everything. Calcagni Real Estate doesn’t solely hire experienced agents; we like to think we have a knack for spotting talent and dedication at any point in someone’s career. If you find a Calcagni Realtor you connect with but they’re newer to the real estate industry, take heart: All Calcagni agents are licensed by the state of Connecticut, but they also undergo continuous training once they’re a part of our team. They also have access 7 days a week to their fellow Realtors, administrative staff, and their management team—a built-in support system to ensure their success, and yours. After all, helping you buy or sell your Connecticut home is what we’re here for!

Read the reviews

As is always the case when embarking on a new venture, reading reviews and talking with others who have used a particular service can help you make a decision on working with a Realtor. You can read reviews on calcagni.com, or ask Calcagni Real Estate agents for client referrals. If you do connect with clients who have used a particular agent, be sure to ask them about their Realtor handled different stages of the real estate transaction. This will help you get a feel for what to expect when working with this agent.

Look at your own relationships

Chances are, if you live in the communities where Calcagni Real Estate agents work and live, you already know us. Look at your own relationships and around your community: Whether you’ve seen us at the grocery store or at your favorite local restaurant, cheering at a school sporting event, or volunteering for a local food drive, Calcagni Realtors are out and about, getting to know our neighbors. If we haven’t met you yet, we’ve probably met some of your family or friends. Take a look around, ask around, and you just may find you already have the right Calcagni agent in your social circle!

Ask about marketing strategies, availability, and communication styles

Hiring a Realtor should involve an interview process. By choosing a company with a proven track record in your local community, you’ll already feel confident that they understand the market in which you’re buying or selling.

Next, ask a Calcagni Real Estate agent about their availability. Does it match your own? Will it be easy for you to connect and see potential houses together? Are you expecting them to work every weekend with you? Set expectations up front to ensure you’re on the same page.

Next, ask how they best communicate, and share with them how you like to be contacted. If your inbox is an overwhelming mess, should your Realtor text you new listings or showing requests? Or do you prefer to talk live whenever there is an update?

Lastly, ask about the marketing strategies Calcagni Real Estate offers. With a full time, in-house marketing department, chances are, we’ll offer more than you can imagine—and that means more eyes on the house you’re selling!

However you choose your Realtor, Calcagni Real Estate is ready to help you buy or sell your Connecticut home. Reach out to us today!