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Finding the Right Real Estate Agent for You: An Interview with Caleb Pearson of RE/MAX Alliance

By Caleb Pearson

Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.

We opened our office approximately three months ago and have already recruited eleven agents. We have a fun, upbeat, energetic, productive and professional atmosphere that really makes for a great place to work! We strive to recruit productive agents that have quality reputations in the area.

What are some of the services your company provides?

We are a full service real estate firm as we offer both residential services as well as commercial services. Our broker in charge, Jim Davis, is head of our commercial division. We can service most any real estate needs whether it be a conventional sale, pre-foreclosures, short sales, foreclosures, and estate sales.

Why is it so important to find someone with relevant experience?

A home or commercial property is usually one of people's most valuable assets. Choosing the right realtor is always key as choosing someone with little experience could cost you thousands of dollars in the long run as well as keep you from completing a transaction!

Where should I start in my search for a real estate agent?

The first place to start your search would be our office! You want to look for someone that fits your personality as well as someone that you feel comfortable with in helping you reach your real estate goals.

What are the advantages of working with a full-time agent, rather than an agent who has another job?

A full-time agent is in the market on a daily basis. This market is changing almost weekly. An agent that is in the market every day, in and out of homes daily, and doing consistent transactions is going to be much more in tune with what is happening as well as can save you/net you thousands of dollars in the long run.

Should I go through family and friends to find reliable agents?

Sometimes the worst thing you can do is go through family/friends in real estate transactions. You are usually best off hiring someone without a personal relationship with you due to the fact they will not be afraid to tell you the full truth. Sometimes family/friends are more inclined to tell you what you want to hear as they want to keep a strong relationship with you. In a real estate transaction, you need to hear the facts whether they are what you want to hear or not! Also, a real estate transaction with friends or family can always go south leaving relationships tarnished. It is usually best to hire a professional real estate agent where there are no personal relationships involved.

What are some questions I should be sure to ask when I interview potential real estate agents?

How many homes have you sold in the past six to twelve months?
How often will I hear from you about showings, activity, interest, etc?
How many listings do you currently have?
How long have you been in the business?
What tools are you using to market my home?
What do you feel is the fair market value of my home?
Do you work for a nationally branded company?
What should I do to my home to increase the value?
What should I do to make my home show the best?

Should I trust print advertisements for real estate agents?

Absolutely not! Ask for the facts! Anyone can pay for a print advertisement!

What is the best way for people to get in contact with you or your company?

The best way to get in touch with me would be my personal cell phone at 843-860-1620 or by email at thecalebpearsonteam@gmail.com. Our main office number is 843-352-7943.

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Caleb Pearson is the most recent Charleston Real Estate Agent to join The Gales Group...

Phone: 843-860-1620

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