Personal insights on finding the perfect Realtor

Jennifer StojanovichCLAYTON, CA (July 1, 2024) — Buying or selling a home is one of the most significant decisions you’ll ever make, and having the right Realtor by your side can make all the difference.

As someone who has navigated the real estate market both personally and professionally, I’d like to share some tips on picking the perfect Realtor – along with a bit about my own journey in the field.

Experience and local knowledge. It’s essential to choose a Realtor with extensive experience and a deep understanding of the local market. When I started in real estate, I spent a lot of time learning about different neighborhoods, market trends and pricing strategies. This knowledge helps me guide clients to make informed decisions. Ask potential Realtors how long they’ve been in the business and find out where they specialize. I have been in the business for 20 years and have completed more than 1,000 transactions, which has provided me with a wealth of experience to assist my clients effectively.

Check the track record. A Realtor’s track record can give you a good idea of their effectiveness. When I began my career, I focused on closing successful deals and ensuring my clients were satisfied. Look for Realtors with a history of successful sales and happy clients. You can often find this information through reviews and testimonials or by asking the Realtor directly.

Communication is key. Effective communication is crucial in real estate transactions. I pride myself on being readily available to my clients, keeping them informed every step of the way. When interviewing potential Realtors, pay attention to how they communicate. Are they responsive? Do they listen to your needs and concerns? Good communication can prevent misunderstanding and ensure a smooth process.

Understand their process. A strong marketing strategy is vital for selling a home quickly and at the best price. I use a mix of traditional and digital marketing techniques to reach a broad audience. Ask potential Realtors how they plan to market your property. Do they use professional photography, virtual tours, social media and other online platforms?

On a personal level. Having a personal connection with your Realtor can make the process more enjoyable and less stressful. I always strive to build rapport with my clients, understanding their unique needs and preferences. Choose a Realtor you feel comfortable with and who understands your goals. This connection can make a significant difference in your overall experience.

Verify credentials. Ensure that your Realtor is properly licensed and has any additional certifications that could be beneficial for your specific needs. When I started, I made sure to get all necessary licenses and pursue further education to better serve my clients. As a real estate broker, I have additional training and experience beyond that of a standard Realtor, which allows me to manage other agents and handle more complex transactions. Don’t hesitate to ask potential Realtors about their credentials and any specialized training.

The customer knows best. Finally, trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, keep looking. Real estate transactions are significant, and you want to feel confident in your choice of a Realtor. When I meet with new clients, I encourage them to trust their gut feelings and choose someone who makes them feel at ease.

Selecting the right Realtor can turn a potentially stressful process into an exciting and rewarding journey. After reading this, I hope you feel more prepared to find the perfect Realtor to guide you through your real estate adventure.

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Jennifer Stojanovich
Jennifer Stojanovich

Jennifer Stojanovich is a seasoned real estate professional with over 20 years of experience. She is the broker and owner of Better Homes Realty of Clayton, a leading real estate firm in the area. Raised in Clayton/Concord, she has deep roots in the community and currently resides in Clayton with her husband, three children, and two dogs.

A graduate of Clayton Valley High School and Sacramento State University, Jennifer began her career in sales and marketing at Hewlett Packard Company, where she spent a decade excelling and earning numerous awards for her outstanding performance. She joined Better Homes Realty in 2004, leveraging her extensive sales and marketing experience to build a strong and successful team. In 2011, she obtained her broker's license and has since specialized in traditional sales for both buyers and sellers.

Outside of her professional life, Jennifer enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, hiking, camping, and cheering on her kids at their sports games. Her dedication to her clients and community is evident in her work and personal life.