Last year, I started volunteering at our local Senior Center as a way to be part of something positive in our community. After spending some time with the 60+ community, I decided to get my Senior Real Estate Specialist designation. I found the entire process to be very interesting and highly informative! It’s amazing how differently we approach money and real estate depending on what is happening in the world around us during our formative years.
5 Questions To Ask When Selecting A Real Estate Specialist In UT.
If you’re considering buying or selling your home—or helping your parents with a move—you’ll want to select a real estate professional who is both qualified and aligned with your priorities and preferences. These questions can help you make the best decision.
- Are they qualified? When you are going through significant life changes, you want someone with experience, knowledge, and a helpful attitude to help you sort through your options. An agent who’s earned the Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) designation has completed exclusive training on a wide range of issues that can impact real estate transactions when the client(s) are ages 50+.
- Do they listen to your needs and answer your questions? Listening is a crucial skill for a senior specialist. Your agent should ask you questions and ensure they understand your answers. That way, they can be more successful in identifying and prioritizing your needs and can offer options best suited to your current situation and future expectations.
- What do past clients say? A friend or relative may have confidently referred you to an agent, but it can also be helpful to hear additional perspectives. Search for online reviews, or ask the agent for names and contact details for two or three past clients. Then, give them a call and discuss their buying or selling experience.
- Can they offer helpful suggestions for related service providers? Whether you’re preparing a home for sale or gearing up for a purchase, an experienced real estate professional may be able to shortcut the process of identifying reliable providers for various services, so you can pick and choose among people the agent knows and trusts. These resources can be precious if you are supporting a loved one from afar or need assistance cleaning out a home and preparing it for sale.
- Do you feel at ease? Working with a real estate professional is a partnership. But, as with any healthy partnership, there must be confidence and an ability to be open and forthcoming about your needs and desires. SRES® designees stand out as prioritizing service and trust in every real estate transaction.
Get The Help You Need From A Qualified Real Estate Agent
If you or someone you know is thinking about buying or selling, please reach out. I would love the opportunity to help! Count on an SRES® to guide you through the process of buying or selling your home, making the transaction less stressful and more successful.
The Seniors Real Estate Specialist ® (SRES®) designation is awarded by the SRES® Council, a subsidiary of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). To learn more about SRES® and access various consumer resources, please visit seniorsresource.realtor.