When you are thinking about selling your Alameda home, or your Alameda Bay Farm Island home, it becomes important to consider the type of real estate agent that you will choose to assist you.  I have been working in the East Bay area for a number of years, and have met many real estate agents who have many of these qualities.  However, during these past years, I have worked hard at developing the many skills that I have listed below, and believe that I am fully qualified to assist you in the sale of your home. 

Here are the qualities that you will need in a good real estate agent:

1. Licensed, and in Good Standing:  Obviously, someone needs to be licensed with the State of California to become a real estate agent.  You also want to make sure that there is no history of complaints about this agent.  You can determine this by going to the California State Department of Real Estate website, entering the agent's name, and see if there are any issues/complaints on file.  I would do the same with his/her broker. 

2. A Full Time Agent:  The real estate marketplace is one that requires an agent to be constantly aware of the changing marketplace.  It is especially true as the buying/selling season develops. Knowledge of the most current prices, most active neighborhoods, most current governmental and lending institution news requires full time concentration.  A few mornings a week spent in the office simply will not allow time to fill the demands that the job requires. 

3. Has Their Own Interactive Website: With most buyers and seller today being computer savvy, they know enough to go immediately to the Internet to search for the best and most current prices in the market.  If your agent is not in this mix, and relies on mailings, flyers and e-mails only to get the message out about himself and his listings, your home will be getting only a part of the attention that it deserves.

4. Knows the Local Marketplace: The more an agent has lived in an area, the more she is familiar with the people, places, and areas that make that real estate location special. If that agent is living, working and participating in the social life of that city or area, she will be the one people turn to and listen to when homes are being bought or sold.

There is much more that a good agent must possess to assist you in selling your home, or looking for another.  More in Part 2.



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