How to Identify Your Perfect Portland Real Estate Agent

by | May 14, 2013 | Buyer Tips, Seller Tips

Notice I said YOUR perfect Portland real estate agent. When you begin your search for the perfect house it usually starts with a search for the perfect Portland real estate agent. A good agent can help you with every aspect of buying a home. but a good agent doesn’t mean the right agent for you.

They know the proper price ranges, what properties are available that match your needs and all of those pesky legal details required for closing. Your Portland real estate agent will keep things moving and make sure deadlines are met and everything goes smoothly.  But how do you know if they are right for you?

Here are four tips to help you choose a real estate agent:

Meet Them Face to Face in a Social Setting

A good fit will be evident in the way you interact. You simply know you hit it off with someone, or you don’t. Don’t fight the feelings if you have doubts. Even the best real estate agent isn’t going to have a connection with everybody. There will be one that is perfect for you. Keep looking.

Ask Questions

When you do find a real estate agent you have a connection with, ask questions. There needs to be more than just a friendship between you. Make sure the agent has a real grasp of the area, the types of houses that are available, and seems in tune to what you are looking for and market conditions.


Do they listen to your needs? If they’re not listening to what you want, move on. Did they answer your questions thoroughly? If they were unable to answer your questions or purposely avoided answering any of your questions, this is not the right agent for you.  Honesty is so important to the trust in the relationship.  Agents don’t have all of the answers, what they should have is the ability to find the answers to your questions.  Make sure your agent understands your communication style and use of technology.

Answer Their Questions

Your Portland real estate agent will have plenty of questions for you too. They want to be sure you can afford a new home. Don’t be offended by what may seem like personal questions. They need this information in order to give you the best advice.

For more tips on choosing a Portland real estate agent read these other articles I wrote. How to Interview Portland Real Estate Agents , What to Look For In a Portland Real Estate Agent & What to Avoid When Choosing A Portland Real Estate Agent.