If you have any questions about selling or buying a home in Simi Valley California, feel free to reach out to Ventura County Homes by Ainslee by filling out one of the forms on this page, by email at AinsleeCharles@Gmail.com, or by call/text to 805-232-8503.
How to Find a Local Realtor in Simi Valley
Finding a local real estate agent in Simi Valley that is right for you can be challenging. If you are a first time homebuyer, or even if you have bought or sold a home before, you may be asking yourself how to find a local realtor in Simi Valley. Working with a good real estate agent can make or break your experience of looking for a home. You want to make sure they have a track record of successful transactions, but that’s only part of the equation. You also want to choose a realtor that you get along with well, as you could be potentially spending weeks or months working together. A good real estate agent will take the time to understand your situation, listen carefully to your priorities, and won’t waste your time on properties that don’t match your criteria. A good start to finding a real estate agent in Simi Valley is to ask family members and friends for references. Don’t just hire the first name you are given though. You should interview at least three realtors to find out about their experience and hopefully find a personality that matches your needs.
Finding a local real estate agent does not necessarily mean choosing the person who has been a realtor the longest. Many realtors work part time, so years of experience does not necessarily mean the realtor has done a high number of transactions. You also may want to find out how many clients the realtor is currently assisting, as busy agents without the support of a team may not have the time to dedicate the attention that you deserve. Once you have found the real estate agent you would like to work with, you should make sure they have a valid California Bureau of Real Estate license. This can be found by looking up the public license information on the California Department of Consumer Affairs website. On this site, you can also see if the real estate agent has had any disciplinary action taken against them in the past.
Some people choose to work with realtors from out of the area. This could be because they want to use a family member or friend who is a realtor, but this is definitely not something I would recommend. Real estate is specific to your area, so you want to work with someone who knows that area. A real estate agent in Simi Valley should be knowledgeable about the market trends, local schools, and local housing prices. This knowledge can be invaluable in helping you list your house at the correct price or making sure that you are getting the best price if you are looking for a Simi Valley home to buy. To make sure that the realtor has done transactions in Ventura County, you can ask them for a list of houses they have handled locally and/or for testimonials from past clients.
How to find a local realtor in Simi Valley: 4 questions to ask
As mentioned above, it is a good idea to interview several Ventura County realtors before choosing one to work with. Here are some additional questions that you may want to consider asking:
Do you represent buyers or sellers?
When push comes to shove, you want an agent who will look out for your best interest. Although there are some realtors who only work with sellers and some who only work with home buyers, many real estate agents in Simi Valley will list homes and represent buyers. It is up to you to decide if you want to work with a realtor who specializes in either selling or buying, but this may limit the options you have to work with. California does allow real estate agents to represent both the buyer and seller on the same transaction. You may want to be wary if you find yourself in this situation, as it is virtually impossible for a realtor in this situation to look out for both clients’ best interest, as those interests are oftentimes conflicting.
Do you require a signed agreement?
If you are selling your house, you and your realtor will sign a California Association of Realtors (CAR) listing agreement. This document will include all of the terms of your agreement including the listing price, the listing time period, the broker’s commission and more. It also informs the seller of issues and legal requirements that may be involved in the process. However, if you are looking to buy a home, there is no required documentation for you to sign with your Simi Valley realtor. Some real estate agents will ask you to sign a buyer agreement, which usually states that you will work with him/her exclusively for a set number of days or months. Most realtors probably use buyer agreements to make sure that they do not spend a lot of time with clients only for them to write offers with someone else, so it does offer them some form of protection. You will have to decide if you would prefer to work with a realtor who uses these agreements or one who doesn’t.
What services do you provide?
Make sure you understand what services your Simi Valley real estate agent will and won’t be providing. There have been a lot of “discount brokers” entering the market lately who offer reduced commissions/fees for listing your house. However, a lot of these discount brokers will not do much more than prepare the paperwork, leaving most of the work to the homeowner, including holding open houses, marketing the property, negotiating with potential buyers, etc. If you are looking to buy a house, make sure you work with a realtor who will be available to show you houses during times that line up with your personal schedule.
How/when do you get paid?
In most cases, the seller covers the commission for both the buyer’s and seller’s agents. There may be some situations where this may not be the case, so make sure you understand how your agent will be getting paid so it isn’t a surprise to you in the end.
Buying a House in Simi Valley
I hope this was helpful in your quest on how to find a local real estate agent in Simi Valley. Feel free to contact Ventura County Homes by Ainslee at any time if you have any questions about Simi Valley real estate, or about real estate in general. All consultations are completely free and no-obligation. As an active realtor in Ventura County, I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the home buying or selling process. I can be reached by filling out one of the forms on this page, by email at AinsleeCharles@gmail.com, or by texting or calling 805-232-8503.