How to Find the Best Real Estate Agent if You Live out of Town

With mega-search sites like Zillow and Trulia, finding listings is less of a challenge than it has ever been. However, finding your right dream home still takes time, know-how, and often the help of a dedicated professional real estate agent.

But if you’re moving to a new area without any existing contacts, how do you find the best real estate agent for your needs?

Luckily, finding the best real estate agent is easy if you have the right resources. Here are five easy steps to finding the best real estate agent in WNC through beverly-hanks.com:

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1. Research Your Desired Neighborhood and Surrounding Areas

Just like car dealers specialize in certain models or local artists specialize in certain media, real estate agents specialize in certain neighborhoods. If you want to know the best homes around Lake Lure, you wouldn’t choose an agent based in downtown Asheville, and vice versa. Use the Beverly-Hanks Community Finder to discover and research neighborhoods that suit your needs and interests. We help you search by lifestyle, amenities, proximities, and more to find the best neighborhood for you.

2. Find a Professional, Full-Time Agent who Knows that Area

Beverly-Hanks has 12 convenient offices around WNC that make finding a local neighborhood expert easy. Once you have your desired neighborhood in mind (along with a couple backups, just in case), begin researching agents in that area. Beverly-Hanks’ agent profiles allow you to get to know our agents before you even make contact. Rest assured, all Beverly-Hanks agents are fully licensed, and all credentials are listed on their account.

3. Choose an Agent who Understands Your Needs

Whether you’re looking for a second home, retirement community, new build, urban condo, or traditional single-family home, there’s an agent out there who knows more about those kinds of listings than his or her peers. At beverly-hanks.com, you can filter our agents by specialty, designations, and interests. Your agent’s current listings can also give you insight into where his or her strengths lie. Find agents with decades of professional experience, agents who deal primarily in luxury or eco-friendly homes, or agents who live similar lifestyles—whoever you think can best help you find the home you want in your price range.

4. Learn from Current or Past Clients

More so than just reading their bios, peer-to-peer recommendations and service reviews are a great way to get a feel for the kind of service and support an agent will provide. Sites like RealSatisfied.com let clients submit objective reviews about the quality of service received from their real estate agents. That’s why we include a running RealSatisfied feed on every agent profile on beverly-hanks.com.

5. Make Sure that Agent is Responsive to Your Needs

You may prefer to do all your real estate communication by text so you can keep the ball rolling during your work hours. Or perhaps you like to talk through your options without any character limits, and phone calls are more your thing. Whatever your preferred method of communication, make sure you clarify that with your agent and he or she is on board. Good agents are busy agents, so they may not be available at the drop of a hat. But an agent worth their salt should treat you like the valuable client you are.

 

All real estate is local. In order to make confident real estate decisions, we believe it is important for you to have timely and neighborhood-specific information. If you would like more information about relocating to Western North Carolina, our experts at Beverly-Hanks are here to help. Contact us today to speak with a Beverly-Hanks real estate agent about buying homes and land in Western North Carolina.

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75 Responses to “How to Find the Best Real Estate Agent if You Live out of Town”

  1. I like your tip on finding a real estate agent that uses similar communication techniques that you do. I agree that if you like to text it would be easier to communicate with an agent who also uses text. My husband and I are looking to move out of state so maybe we should look for someone who communicates the same was as us to represent us.

  2. You make a really great point about looking into past client reviews to help you get a good idea of what the realtor is like. In my opinion, it might also be a good idea to get references from the agent so you can actually talk to past clients. That way, you can ask them about the agent’s personality and see if they would work well with you.

  3. I like your idea of learning from past clients of a realtor before you hire them. I would imagine that finding someone who has great customer reviews would be someone you would want to hire. My husband and I need a real estate agent to help us sell our home so we’ll have to be sure to find someone who is well reviewed by past clients.

  4. I agree that you should look for reviews of past clients when looking for a realtor. I would imagine that finding someone who is well liked by past clients would be best. My husband and I are looking to sell our home so we’ll be sure to find someone with good client reviews to represent us.

  5. My wife and I are looking into buying a house that is across the country. We need to move in a few months, but we have had trouble finding a real estate agent in the area we are moving to. I like that you mentioned that it is a good idea to do a little research on areas before you hire a real estate agent. We have looked into quite a few different neighborhoods we might want to move into, and now we know the areas we want our potential agent to be very familiar with.

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      Hi, Burt – Connecting with a community expert is definitely important. If you’re moving from the WNC area, we could always help refer you to an agent. Beverly-Hanks is a member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, so we have quality connections all over. Just let us know.

  6. I really like your suggestion to find a real estate agent who knows the local area really well. I also appreciate your tip to learn from current or past clients of a real estate agent. I’ve heard that a real estate with more experience generally charges the most for their services, I’ll have to look more into it though.

  7. I appreciate the information on finding the best real estate agent when you are not in town. I agree that it is so important to ensure that the agent you are working with knows your area and knows what to look for in an area. My brother is looking at moving to a new city and he isn’t sure about whether or not he wants to get a real estate agent, I will be sure to share this information with him.

  8. All of these tips are great, but I liked the last one the best. It’s really true that the agent you hire needs to work well with your specific needs and preferences. It’s important to be flexible and trust in the professional that you choose, but make sure that before you hire somebody, you at least consult with them and lay the foundation for how you will work together. I, personally, need to find someone who will allow me to ask questions as much as I want and answer them as best as they can. If I can find an agent like that, I’ll be in good shape.

  9. I think the article makes a great point about how important it is to choose an agent who understands your needs. Having an agent who can cater to your wants and needs would definitely increase a customer’s satisfaction. I know I’d want an agent who cares about what I care about and is willing to work to meet the requirements I have when buying a new home.

  10. It is good to remember that one should find a person who knows the area when searching for a real estate agent. Working with someone who knows the area would be beneficial. Something to look for would be to find an agent with great communication skills to be able to answer your questions as promptly as possible.

  11. I did not realize that real estate agents specialized in special areas where they sell houses. I think that a good way to find a house when moving out of town would be first, finding an area that you want to move to. Once you find a good city ask people that live there what good neighborhoods are to live in. Once you have that information, it will be much easier to find a real estate agent to help you.

  12. My friend really wants to start looking at houses, but thought that it might be a good idea to find a real estate agent to help him out. It’s interesting that you say to take a look at their past and current clients. It might be nice to get in contact with them and ask them questions about the services they received.

  13. You definitely want to take the article’s advice and find an agent that understands your needs. After all, most people have a set budge that they can work with when buying a home. You don’t want your agent to be trying to sell you a home outside of your budget just so that they can get a better check.

  14. Thanks for this great blog. I just got married and my husband and I are looking for a home. You mentioned in the article that you should look for an agent that really understands your needs and has experience working with people with similar needs. I’ll have to ask my friends, as they are in similar stages in their life, and have probably looked for similar things in homes and neighborhoods.

  15. I’m looking to get a new home for my family. I appreciate the information about finding a full time that knows that area. I would also recommend getting a real estate agent to help you that lives in the area. Then you can be sure they know the area really well.

  16. I agree learning from an agent’s clients would be a good way to hear about their reputation. This would help you be able to see what working with them would be like. Like how you mentioned, asking a peer to give their opinion would make a big difference in the decision making process.

  17. Learning that one can speak to past clients of a realtor is helpful. I am glad to know that this can provide even more information than just checking the agents service reviews. It would be a good idea to interview possible realtors in advance to find someone who fits your personality needs.

  18. My wife and I made it a goal to move into our first home together by the end of this year, and we’ve thought about working with a real estate agent to meet our goal. I feel like an agent’s expertise could be really helpful for us since we both don’t have any previous home buying experience. We’ll be sure to take the article’s advise and find an agent that has plenty of prior experience with listings similar to our own.

  19. Choosing an agent who understands your needs would be ideal when hiring a realtor. It is good to know that there are realtors who can help whether you are looking for a second home, retirement community, or a new build. Finding someone local would be a good thing to do so that the agent is familiar with homes in the area and their asking prices.

  20. My wife and I have been looking into moving into a bigger home recently, and I think that finding a real estate agent would be really helpful to us. I’m glad that you talked about finding a real estate agent who can put us a step ahead of where someone else could have had us. If we can find an experienced real estate agent to get things going for us, I think we would be very happy.

  21. Here I also highlight some point that differentiates b/w good and bad agent. A good real estate agent will help you get a deal done. A bad one will kill a deal. A good agent will help you find the right deal. A bad one will push the wrong deal. Although I would like to thank you for sharing a great article that cover all important points that will help to find the best real estate agent, if you live out of town. Especially the points #2 and #3.

  22. My husband got a new job, and so we are moving. I like what you said about finding an agent who works full-time, and knows the area. I’ll be sure to keep this in mind as we start our search for someone to help us find a new home.

  23. I like the idea of communicating with a real estate agent by text so that you can keep up the conversation while you’re working. My husband and I are considering moving, but we’re both really busy with our jobs. If we texted an agent, then we could explore some real estate options and still keep up with our work.

  24. Thanks for the great tips for finding a real estate agent. I like how you said to find an agent who does it full-time, and works in the local area. We’re hoping to buy a home in a neighboring town, so we’ll start looking for agents who work there!

  25. Thanks for mentioning that we should make sure the realtor we work with is willing to work with our wants and needs so that we will have a better time communicating with each other. My husband and I are looking for a real estate agent to help us find a bigger house for our growing family. Since both of us work as well, we’ll be sure to find a realtor that is willing to text us a lot and talk to us after hours.

  26. I love the idea of peer-to-peer recommendations. I have been looking for an agent for our move in the next few months, and have wanted to find one that is well reviewed, but never knew where to look for that. Thanks for these great tips and sites that will help me to find some peer-to-peer recommendations for our next real estate agent.

  27. I just wanted to thank you for going over some things to do when you are looking for a real estate agent. I’m glad that you mentioned you should find someone that understands what you want, especially if they happen to know more about a particular kind of property. It sounds like it could maybe be beneficial to research and learn more about some specializations an agent can have, especially if you may be looking for help with something specific.

  28. Thanks for the tip to check out peer-to-peer recommendations as a way to find real estate agents. I am looking to move to a location that would be closer to family and a school, which would be perfect for my family. In finding a reliable real estate agent, I hope to be able to make the move happen so that my family can live in a better location.

  29. I hadn’t thought about how important it would be to have an agent that is an expert in the neighboorhood you want to live in. I have been looking for someone to help me buy a new house after my wedding. I can see how it would be good to have an agent that is familiar with the area. That way, I will be able to find out how the schools in the area are.

  30. I like that you talked about reading reviews that past clients have left online. I have been looking for someone to help me find a new house. I can see how it would be nice to read online reviews because it could help me find out how quickly an agent works.

  31. It’s interesting that you talked about choosing an agent that has experience buying the type of home that you want. I have been looking for a house because I’m getting married soon. I can see how it would be smart to find someone with similar tastes as me because they would be likely to find something I find appealing.

  32. I like that you talked about choosing an agent that in your area because they will already know the neighborhood. I have been looking for a home to live in after I get married. I can see how it would be smart to choose a local agent because they might know where the best schools are.

  33. I like that you talked about choosing an agent that is specialized in the neighborhood you want to live in. My wife and I have been looking for somewhere new to live. It would be nice to choose an agent that is in the neighboorhood we want because they would know where the good schools are.

  34. My wife and I have been looking at the area we want to move to for a long time now, and have even narrowed it down to one specific neighborhood. I can verify that finding a real estate agent who specializes in specific neighborhoods can be a huge help. Sometimes these neighborhoods are exclusive and it’s nice to have an in. Living in the right place is worth any trouble it might take to find the right agent.

  35. I like that this article mentioned to research prospective homes and get an idea of their prices before hiring a real estate agent. I’ve heard a lot people who are skeptical of real estate agents. I think this article would help them feel more comfortable hiring an agent, who would in turn, save them money.

  36. It’s interesting that you talked about choosing an agent that can text you during work hours. I have been looking for an agent that can help me buy my first house. It would be smart to choose an agent that will text me because I’m usually busier during the nights.

  37. I like that you talked about looking at an agents listings to see what they are good at. My wife and I have been looking for our first house this month. It would make sense to check agent listings because it would help us see if they can match the style we’re looking for.

  38. I like that you suggested reading reviews from objective websites. My wife and I have been looking for an agent that can help us buy a new home. It would be smart to read objective reviews to see how quickly the agent works.

  39. These are great tips for finding a real estate agent. My wife and I are hoping to buy a new home soon, and we definitely want to move out of town. I’ll be sure to find a professional who works in our chosen neighborhood, like you said.

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      Good suggestion! Our past clients rate our agents on RealSatisfied, an independent rating site for real estate. It’s a great place to see honest testimonials.

  40. I like how you pointed out the need to choose a real estate agent that understands the area where you want to live. This is definitely something I will keep in mind since I’m looking for a home to buy. What would be the best way to find a real estate agent that understands the area where I want to live?

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      Thanks, Watson. We recommend using our Agent Search feature to filter our agents by specialty, designations, and interests. To find a true expert, check to see where their past listings were located and read through their testimonials.

  41. I really like what you said about making sure that the agent is responsive to your needs, like communication by text so you can keep the ball rolling during your work hours. This is a really good point because I am always busy, so being able to text a realtor while looking for a home would be great. Hopefully, I can find a real estate agent that is flexible with my needs.

  42. My mom is interested in selling her old home and moving into a new one. She wants to look for a real estate agent service so that she is better prepared for the negotiating that will take place and general insights. As she looks, I will be sure that she is looking for someone that is busy and working hard.

  43. My friend has been saving up for years and is finally ready to buy his first home; however, he hasn’t been sure what to look for when hiring a real estate agent. I love how you mentioned that you’ll want to choose an agent that is local and full-time, as they will be able to give you better service. I’ll definitely share these tips with my friend, so thank you for sharing them.

  44. One of my friends will be getting married soon, so he may also be buying a home soon. I love how you said that if he does, he should make sure the professional he hires knows the area, as they will be able to find the homes that best match his needs. Thanks for all the great tips on finding a wonderful real estate agent!

  45. I like what you said about learning from current and past clients. I think that hiring a realtor is the best way to get quality results. I want to buy a home, so I’ll be sure to call a reliable real estate company.

  46. I like your suggestion to look online to find objective reviews about the quality of potential real estate agents. My husband and I are interested in moving to an area with a more moderate climate. I hadn’t thought to look for reviews online to find a real estate agent in the area, so thanks for sharing that tip!

  47. I’ve been thinking about buying a home out of state but I haven’t much of an idea of where to start. Now as you said, it would be a good idea to research the neighborhoods to see what kind of living situations people are in there. That and finding a real estate agent that knows the area would be a great idea.

  48. Thank you for stating that peer-to-peer recommendations and service reviews are a great way to get a feel for the kind of service and support a real estate agent will provide. My husband and I are wanting to move out of our apartment and buy our very first house because we want to start having kids. I will definitely keep all of your great tips and information in mind when looking for a great real estate agent to help me find my first home.

  49. I love how you mentioned that you should look through a real estate agent’s listings, as it will help you see what they do well at. One of my friends mentioned buying a home the other day, so these tips could potentially help him out. Thanks for all the great tips on choosing a real estate agent!

  50. I like how you included that you should find an agent who knows your needs. My brother has been looking for a real estate agent and doesn’t know what to look for. I’ll pass this information along to him while he looks for a real estate agent.

  51. Thank you for your tip to find a professional, full-time real estate agent that knows the area well. I have been thinking of buying a new home but I don’t know the area that well. I will make sure to keep this tip in mind as I look for the right agent for me.

  52. My brother and his wife want to move to a different state to rais their baby, and he asked me to find him a realtor. I’ve been looking at what to consider because I have never bought a house myself. I sue was placid when you said to look for past client reviews to help find a good out what the realtor is like.

  53. I like how you stated how peer-to-peer recommendations and service reviews are a great way to get a feel for the kind of service and support a real estate agent will provide. My husband just got a new job in a different state, so we need to move as soon as possible and need help finding a new house. I will definitely keep all of your great information in mind when looking for a real estate agent.

  54. Thank you for stating that when choosing a real estate agent, it’s important to make sure that you clarify your preferred method of communication, so they can be responsive to your needs. My husband and I want to buy our first house because we want to start having kids, but don’t know anything about the buying process. I will definitely keep all of your great tips and information in mind when hiring a real estate agent to help me find the perfect house.

  55. My friend is going to move to a different neighborhood. I like how you mention once you have your desired neighborhood in mind begin researching agents in the area. Thank you for the information. I’ll recommend my friend to search for a real estate agent around his neighborhood.

  56. Thank you for stating that you should learn from current or past clients. My husband and I are looking into buying our first house. I will definitely keep all of your great tips and information in mind when hiring a real estate agent to help us buy our first home.

  57. I liked that you mentioned you need to find an agent with experience if you are thinking about buying a house. My mother is thinking about buying another house, and we are looking for advice to help her. I will let her know about the benefits of hiring a real estate agent to help her find the best house for her.

  58. Thank you for stating that you should make sure your real estate agent is responsive to your needs. I need a real estate agent to help me find a house. I will definitely keep all of your great tips and information in mind when hiring a real estate agent.

  59. I liked that you mentioned you need to be clear about what you need before hiring a real estate agent. My mother is thinking about buying another house, and we are looking for advice. I will let her know about the benefits of knowing what kind of property she needs before hiring a real estate agent to help her.

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