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Finding the Right Real Estate Agent

By Inside Columbia

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When you’re ready to buy or sell a property, finding the right real estate agent is key. Ensuring you have the best agent to fit your needs will make the process much easier for you. The first step is to get referrals — ask your friends and coworkers who they would recommend and why.

Once you’ve got an initial list of agents, start the interview process. Ask them a variety of questions: how long they’ve been in real estate, how familiar they are with the area and what their marketing strategies are. You’ll also want to test their communication skills, which are of the utmost importance during the buying or selling process. Do they seem knowledgeable? Do you find them honest and trustworthy? Are they real and relatable? At the end of the day, you should go with your instinct on who will be the best person to help guide you through the process. As a seasoned real estate agent, I focus on three important aspects in every transaction: professionalism, honesty and customer service. Upholding these aspects and delivering them to my clients help me to be successful in all that I do.

Before obtaining my real estate license, I worked for nearly a decade in the commercial lending department at a local bank, as well as a credit analyst. My friends know that I’ve never met a stranger and working in real estate has allowed me to use my natural people skills to help clients find their perfect dream homes. Outside of real estate, I treasure the simplicity of living in the country with my husband, our two boys and our farm, where I enjoy gardening.

Contact Monica Hansman at 573-864-3269 or

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