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Real Estate of Mind - Choosing an Agent

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The real estate market is heating up and that may have you thinking about buying or selling a property. That transaction may be one of the largest financial moves you'll ever make. So finding the right Real Estate agent is important.

It seems everyone in Hawaii has a relative, co-worker or friend who has a Real Estate license. It's a nice thing to be able to help out a friend in the business, but remember that you should look out for yourself and your family first.

James E. Lewis, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties dropped by Sunrise this morning to offer some tips on finding the right agent for you. Check out the interview and read his bullet points below.

We also took a look at one of James' listings located at 2039 Saint Louis Drive. You can find it by clicking here. It has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and is listed at $1,128,000 Fee Simple.

1. How do I find an agent?
There are many ways to find agents. On the Internet, at Open Houses, through referrals, print advertising and so on. Visiting Open Houses is a great way to meet agents. You can learn about their knowledge of the neighborhood and market statistics and see how they've prepared the open house for potential buyers. You can also find time to chat with them to see how well you connect.

2. How do I pick the right agent?

Be sure to do an interview, even if it's not formal. Find out about their experience and their work ethic. It's also wise to ask for testimonials from their last few clients to see how their clients feel about their experience with this agent. If the agent is reluctant to provide you with testimonials, they might be too busy to work with you or maybe they just haven't been doing a good job.

3. What are the most important things to look for in an agent?
Find an agent that:

1. You can trust to do what's in your best interest.

2. You can communicate easily and openly with.

3. Will be your agent so you won't be "assigned" to someone else.

4. Has the time and is willing to focus on your home buying process.

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