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Choosing a Realtor For Your Home

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Researching real estate agents to find the right one can take a tremendous amount of time. Fortunately there are lots of websites that make the job of choosing a real estate agent easier. Some of the most popular sites include:

1. Zillow.com
2. Trulia.com
3. Agentsranking.com
4. homelight.com
5. Referz.com

You might be wondering if all of these sites have identified the same top real estate agents in Colorado Springs or if they use different criteria and have selected different agents. Let’s first take a look at the Zillow agents.

Zillow Real Estate Agents

Zillow allows you to sort top agents by a variety of criteria including, most active, most recent sales, best local reviews and most listings. For this comparison we will use “most active”. One of the challenges when comparing real estate agents is that many agents have formed teams and their sales activity is combined. It isn’t really comparing apples to apples if one team has 2 team members and another has 50 team members, so we will also filter the results by “individuals”.

The #1 ranked Zillow individual agent is Lauren Schneider with RE/MAX Real Estate Group. Lauren has 54 five star reviews and has 145 recent sales. One recent review from 10.20.2017, “Lauren is one of the few realtors that follows up with your purchase experience”.

The #2 ranked Zillow agent is Michelle Fisher with RE/MAX Properties. Michelle has 66, five-star reviews and has 44 recent home sales in Colorado Springs. She currently has 8 homes for sale.

Homelight Real Estate Agents

Homelight has a slightly different business model than Zillow or Trulia. Homelight compiles that sales data and history for the real estate agents included on their website, however, they attempt to make a recommendation tailored to you and your needs. They recommend a couple of real estate agents and hope that you will choose the realtor they recommend. They receive a 25% referral fee if you decide to buy or sell a house with a real estate agent they recommend. This is the industry standard referral fee.

AgentsRanking Realtor Referrals

Agents Ranking takes more of an old school, personal approach to identifying and recommending real estate agents. They use sales data, however, they also make recommendations based on their personal experience working with hundreds of realtors across the country. They take into account skills such as the agents ability to guide the seller to make home improvements that will increase the resale value of the home being sold, feedback from past clients, quality of marketing and photographs, extras such as the agent including a home warranty for sellers and buyers. Their personalized approach is one that sets them apart from many of the larger companies.

It is clear that there are many ways you can choose a Colorado Springs real estate agents. We suggest that you interview two to three real estate agents prior to making a decision. Find one that offers quality marketing, has 10+ years of experience and has a personality that you like. You’ll be working with this person for a while and the personal connection is important.

Colorado Springs Best REALTORS

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How do you find the best realtor in Colorado Springs, CO to sell your house? If you are looking for a house to buy, you may likely have the same question. It used to be that if you wanted to hire a real estate agent, you would simply ask a friend, neighbor or family member who they used to buy or sell their home. That time is long past. Now there are numerous websites that will find a recommend a top real estate agent including Homelight, AgentAce, Referz, Agents Ranking,  My Agent Finder, Dave Ramsey and more. Most of these websites work with Colorado Springs real estate agents who have won sales awards and have at least five years of sales experience.

Many of the leading real estate agents are from companies such as Pink Realty, RE/MAX, Skyline Properties, Sotheby’s, Coldwell Banker, 8z Real Estate or Best Realty. You’re likely to receive valuable information about the experience and sales success for the real estate agent or agents they recommend.

Most home sellers begin the process by interviewing a couple of agents who can provide them with an estimated market value for their house. Of course there are numerous automated tools from companies like Redfin’s How Much is My House Worth and the Chase Home Value Estimator. The most accurate valuation will come from a Colorado Spring real estate agent who can accurately account for things like curb appeal, quality of finishes and neighborhood appeal.

Have you used any of these automated real estate services? If so, what has your experience been? If you used a website to receive an automated property value and then met with a real estate agent who you hired to sell your house, how did the automated value compare to the sale price? How did it compare to the property value given to you by the local real estate expert?