How NOT to Pick a Real Estate Agent!

Hiring the right real estate agent in Chico can mean the difference between a successful transaction and a potential financial and emotional disaster.

For most people, finding the right real estate agent is a difficult process. Successful Realtors and mortgage brokers alike witness the frustration and despair of buyers and sellers that are poorly represented. Honestly, it’s painful to watch. Save yourself the nightmare! Read on.

I ran across an article written by Rob K. Blake over at The Mortgage Insider Blog who sounded an awful lot like me! His article explained how NOT to hire a realtor, while mine specified how TO hire a Realtor!

Rob: Real Estate Help – How NOT to Pick a Real Estate Agent

Sandi: How to Hire a Chico, CA Realtor and Make More Money!

Rob says “Don’t be lazy. Do your own research. A significant chunk of finding good real estate help is getting educated yourself.”

Rob and I agree that your family, friends, and neighbors may not be your best choices when hiring a Realtor. Don’t feel obligated to entrust the largest investment of your life to Aunt Ethel, Cousin Clyde or neighbor Nate, just because you “know” a Realtor.

Rob made a very astute observation when interpreting information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

If the average Chico real estate agent earns about $35,000 per year, they are only completing about 5 transactions!


Rob says, “Five closed deals per year hardly makes one a “pro.” In my mind, it makes them a rookie and at that pace, they’d stay a rookie for over 20 years. Hire the most experienced professional you can lay your hands on! The best way to determine experience is by the number of transactions an agent is handling monthly or yearly. The agent’s production is going to give you the best indication of how committed they are and how much real estate help they’ll provide.

I fully agree that experience and competence are highly critical attributes to consider when searching for a Realtor. However, I would also urge you to consider that not ALL top producers will be a good fit for each consumer. Some are ethical, nice people… some are not.

Depending on what you’re looking for in a Realtor, it’s important that you also connect with your real estate agent of choice on a personal level.

Shake their hand, look them in the eye, listen to them talk, and READ their blog! You can gain a lot of perspective about how your Realtor will work to protect YOU by investing just a few valuable minutes getting to know them.

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