From its legendary rose parade to its extraordinary historic estates, Pasadena has long been one of the most sought-after places to live in California. Art, commerce, industry, a rich past, and abundant natural beauty–the home of Occidental College and stunning Victorians has drawn more and more homebuyers to its zip code, rendering the need for a quality real estate expert fundamental.
Whether you are on the buying end of the spectrum and keen on exploring Pasadena homes for sale or are on the precipice of putting your home on the market, Amy Engler has compiled a handy guide on how to find a real estate agent in “Crown City” and beyond.
Call upon your personal network
Collect names–and anecdotes of their work with them–before turning to Google to conduct your own research and book a consultation. Further, get a sense of the agent’s personality and professional ethos from your references. A young, incredibly outgoing, and gregarious real estate agent may have worked well for your yoga instructor, but you may be better matched with a veteran realtor with a calmer, more serious demeanor.
Explore similar listings
Search on social media and real estate apps
True: If you are a potential homebuyer, receiving a preapproved mortgage loan should precede your deep dive into sleek shots of homes on social media and on apps like Redfin and Zillow. But once you do have a sense of your finances, investigate the bios behind the names and faces representing properties that catch your eye. Visiting an agent’s Instagram, Facebook page, and website will give you a solid, palpable understanding of their current listings–which is important for both buyers and sellers. You can also learn realtor’s consumer ratings and, in some cases, peruse testimonials. Request a consultation with realtors whose online skills, credentials, and presentations resonate with you.
Attend open houses
Attending open houses accomplishes plenty from both the buyer's and the seller’s positions. Homebuyers can get a taste of homes in the area they have chosen–and perhaps even land upon their dream house–while sellers can garner an understanding of comparable homes and the key renovations other owners performed before listing their homes on the market. Strike up a conversation with the listing agent–and if serendipity is on your side, you might just find the ideal person for you.
Look for those who are educated
Examine online listings
Does this sound old school? You bet. Does it work? Absolutely. Driving around neighborhoods that appeal to you–or within your own neighborhood, if you are on the seller side of the equation–allows you to see homes for sale, which includes the contact information of the listing agent. The quality of the homes the agent represents can tell you an enormous amount about their experience (and straight away to boot).
Understand the extent of your options
If you are in the market for homes or condos for sale in Pasadena — or are a homeowner who has chosen to take advantage of our hot seller’s market — reach out to Amy Engler for a consultation. Sharp, decisive, and committed, she understands the qualities a realtor needs to possess in today’s competitive, fast-paced market. Having worked in real estate for the past 17 years, she handles homes throughout Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley and would be thrilled to hear from you.