Finding the Best Realtor Who Is the Right Fit For You

Finding the Best Realtor Who Is the Right Fit For You

You’re ready to sell or buy a home. You find yourself searching Google for “realtors near me”. Or perhaps you’re soliciting online advice from an agent listed on Zillow. In today’s technological world, it’s easy to spontaneously hire a realtor without getting to know them first. 

What happens when you meet the realtor for the first time and discover it’s not the right fit? Finding the best realtor for you from the start is going to make the home purchasing process smoother. Or if you’re selling a home, it can mean a quicker sale and better price. Getting stuck in an agreement with a realtor who isn’t the right fit is the last thing anyone wants.

The relationship between you and your realtor is an important part of the home buying or selling process. A high stakes financial exchange is at the core of your relationship with this person. You need to know that your realtor has your best interest in mind. 

How To Find the Right Realtor

Do your research to find a realtor who is the right fit for you. Here are some recommended action steps: 

  • Ask your family and friends for references. If you’re moving to a new city, ask your new colleagues or parents at your children’s new school for a referral.
  • Check online references. Go through the realtor’s website, read Google and Yelp reviews. Watch for comments that speak to the professional’s expertise and knowledge of the communities in which you’re purchasing or selling a home.
  • Go to open houses to meet realtors. This is a great way to see them in action and see how they interact with potential buyers. Ask good questions to determine if they would work well with you on the selling or buying of a home.

If you’re not ready to buy or sell, don’t commit to a realtor until you are. It’s better they know when you’re ready to take action. Remember, a realtor is getting paid a commission based on a sale so you don’t want to waste everyone’s time if you’re not ready. At the same time, don’t get pressured into moving too quickly.

What To Look For in a Realtor

Is the realtor an active listener? Experienced real estate professionals will likely have many more ideas than you could imagine about the purchase or sale of a home. That’s what they’re getting paid for, they’re the experts. However, if the realtor you’re considering working with isn’t also actively listening to what you want, it may not be the right fit. Have an initial in-person meeting or phone consult to determine if the realtor understands what you’re looking for in a new home or the sale of your current home.

Have you anticipated what the home sale process will be like for your weekly routine? Ask your prospective realtor what the plan of action is for selling your house and/or helping you purchase a new home. Learn what their expectations for showings, open houses, etc. And also, be upfront about the flexibility of your schedule, etc. Make sure that you and the realtor are going to work well together. Remember the home sale process can take several months. Know that you can work with the plan you and your realtor set up to make the sale happen.

We understand the work and emotions that go into buying or selling a home. The last thing you want is to be in an agreement with a real estate agent that isn’t attentive to what you’re looking for. A relationship with a realtor is a two-way street. Make sure you’re a good fit for each other so that you find the right home and/or get the most out of one you’re selling.

At The Columbus Team, our experienced agents will guide you through the home buying and selling process from start to finish. But more than that, we’re committed to ensuring you’re with the right realtor. Listening closely to your needs and preferences is of utmost importance. Each of our agents is dedicated to helping you accomplish your individual real estate goals. Contact us to meet find out if our team is the right fit for you.

The Columbus Team Welcomes Heather Gott

Heather Gott, REALTOR

Sue Lusk-Gleich & The Columbus Team at KW Capital Partners are pleased to welcome Heather Gott to the team! Heather brings her service-oriented style and experience to the team, as well as her intimate knowledge of Columbus. She’s lived in Columbus for 17 years, moving here from out of state, and understands the relocation process and knows how to give home buyers the right tools and resources for any type of move.

Real estate is a second career for Heather, who draws on her widely varied experiences in corporate America, the advertising world, and non-profit organizations in Boston, Denver, and Columbus. She values community and has enjoyed the many hours invested as a volunteer in her neighborhood.

Her greatest joys are her husband of 22 years and her two boys, who grew up attending Clintonville schools.

Learn more about Heather on our team page.  Join us in welcoming her to the team, by sending her a message or stopping in to say hello! 

Spring Clean and Downsize With a Heart

Spring Clean and Downsize With a Heart

Spring is in the air! Are you in the midst of a spring clean or move? Are you overwhelmed? We get it. That’s why we’re proud to sponsor Downsize With a Heart. They know that moving can be challenging, particularly for older adults who have a home full of wonderful memories.

Downsize With a Heart supports you through the packing and moving process. They start with a FREE personalized, in-home consultation to understand your transition needs. They offer a variety of fee-based services that can be tailored to your needs and budget. And their staff will assist you with every aspect of your move.

Give them a call to schedule your consultation and let them know we sent you! (614) 545-3844

Another Race Put to Bed!

May 4th was an exhilarating morning to help The Furniture Bank of Central Ohio with the 4th Annual Bed Race! This fundraiser is an incredible family-friendly event that helps bring together so many folks from the central Ohio community for a great cause, turning an empty house into a home!

The Bed Race teams really stepped up their game this year with lots of creative costumes and bed décor creating lots of anticipation and energy on race day!

Tupelo Food Truck and the Broke Johnny Food Truck were set up along the spectator area, next to the Kids Zone which sponsored by us!

Mary Allen and Sue Lusk-Gleich under the big white tent!

Children were invited to ride Big Wheels and set up under the big white tent were Face Painters, Balloon Artists, and Caricature Artists. Families of all ages enjoyed the fun. Treats and trinkets from bouncy balls to slap bracelets were gifted to the children and smiles were bountiful!

Face painting station!

Celebrity judges included Trisha Moore from Sunny 95 Radio and our own, Sue Lusk-Gleich. The judges helped award prizes for Best Costume and Best Bed. The team who created a Millennium Falcon replete with Chewbacca and a team of Storm Troopers won the Best Bed Award.

Best Costume went to the Wizard of Oz inspired team from Sauder.

2019 Bed Race Results!

2019 Bed Race Results

NBC4i, Big Lots and so many great local organizations showed their support for the mission of The Furniture Bank by participating in the Bed Race this year.