Choosing an agent is crucial. Here are some things to consider when selecting a real estate professional.

Choosing an agent is crucial. Here are some things to consider when selecting a real estate professional.

Are you planning to buy or sell a home in the near future?  Choosing your agent is critical. Whether you’re a first time buyer or seller or a seasoned veteran, you want to make sure your agent is a professional.   When considering your agent selection, ask yourself if he or she is:

  1. Available. When you reach out to a potential agent, is he or she available to answer the phone or call you back within a reasonable time?  If you’re selling you want to know that potential buyers can reach your agent.

  2. Visible. What marketing plan does your agent provide?  Does your agent have the ability to properly promote your property and attract potential buyers?   If you are buying, does your agent have insight into homes that are available and meet your criteria?

  3. Knowledgeable. If you’re buying, how much knowledge does your agent have about the area?  Is he or she willing to do the homework to provide you with any answers for your concerns?  Will your agent advise and guide you throughout the process?  Will he or she provide you with a list of helpful references such as inspectors and handymen?

  4. Experienced. Working with an agent who understands negotiating and performs on the deadlines of the contracts will keep you from making big mistakes.   There are certain clauses within the Texas contracts that are time sensitive, missing those deadlines can cost you money!

Interviewing potential agents is a great idea.  It’s a way to establish rapport and to learn what to expect throughout the process.  Ask friends or coworkers about their experiences buying or selling and if they would recommend their agent.  And after interviewing an agent, ask for references of past buyers or sellers to contact.

I would love to be your partner and help you buy or sell a home.   Call me if you’re looking for a real estate professional to guide you through the process. I look forward to hearing from you.  References available!

Diane Lominac is an Associate Broker for Century 21 Realty Partners in the Greater Houston, Texas area.  Diane is a Centurion® top producer, President’s Award winner, and Pinnacle Quality Service Award winner. She’s a native Houstonian currently living in Montgomery County, Texas.  Diane can be reached at (713) 515-9775 or