RE/MAX Realtor Bethany Raymond Talks Tips for Finding a Great Agent
Writer / Kylee White
As a realtor in Delaware County, Bethany Raymond has been working with RE/MAX since early March of 2021.
“Being with RE/MAX Real Estate Groups here in Muncie has been super incredible,” Raymond says. “We have over 40 agents here and we’re the top-producing office in not just Muncie, but even in East Central Indiana.”
Raymond has been able to work with several individuals throughout the two years she has been a part of the company. She believes that developing a relationship between the buyer and seller is important when looking for a house to buy.
“I’ve had clients who are relocating from out of town that set up a FaceTime call or a Zoom chat, just to kind of interview the agent and see if their personality matches,” Raymond says. “Do you guys see eye to eye? Do you communicate? Those are really important things and it’s not necessarily the same for each individual buyer.”
Raymond also recommends taking time to research your realtor and look at previous work they have done. Along with making sure personalities fit, knowing about their previous work will help in choosing the correct realtor.
“I think when it comes to choosing a real estate agent, as a buyer or a seller it comes down to definitely asking around, but maybe looking into the reputation of the agent or agents that you’re considering,” Raymond says. “You can find recommendations, or reviews on Facebook, Zillow, realtor.com and Google, and hear firsthand from other people what their experience was with that agent.”
Being able to work with a trustworthy realtor will help in the long run when looking for a house in any market. Making sure a realtor is informed on the market and keeps the buyer in the loop is valuable.
“An excellent agent can talk with you about comps, how competitive bidding might be for a property, and where you fit best and feel most confident price-wise,” Raymond says. “There is also more to an offer than price. I talk with buyers about how their loan type, lender, earnest deposit, approach to inspections, and other details can affect the strength and appeal of an offer beyond just the price itself.”
Raymond has doubled her production from 2021 to 2022, and has had more than 29 transactions ranging from $13,000 to $650,000. She has also earned the 100% Club award from RE/MAX, and was named Emerging Agent by her office in 2021.