7 Qualities That Make A Good Property Agent In Singapore

By Jo'An Tan / Redbrick.sg | August 8, 2018 2:00 PM SGT
There have been several cases of property agents going rogue over the years; perhaps you might know a victim of these scams. Even with the establishment of the Council for Estate Agencies (CEA), property swindles are unavoidable due to how lucrative the industry is. Hence, the onus is on you, as home buyer/owner, to properly vet estate agents before engaging them.
Fret not, we have compiled 7 essential qualities that make a good property agent.

1. Ambitious

No deal is considered too insignificant. Property agents who are inclined to take up any deal even if the commission is low, are the ones you want to engage. They are persistent in pursuing any deal, calling potential buyers/sellers even without being prompted. Even if they face rejection, they would not concede defeat. Instead, they will explore other ways to overcome difficulties they face. These are the property agents who deliver the best deals to their clients and are likely to develop a long-term relationship with them.

2. Client-centric

Most property agents would rather close a deal as soon as possible than haggle for a couple of thousands more as their commissions do not increase considerably. This should serve as an indicator that the agent does not have your best interests in mind.
As a home owner (i.e. seller), an easy giveaway is how an agent deals with your property before a viewing. Reliable property agents are likely to do more than just give your place a quick makeover. They will ensure that the entire house looks presentable and tidy – cracks on the wall are sealed, no leaks in the pipework and toilets are unclogged. Whereas lazier agents are likely to just perform a once-over, tucking things away instead of tidying it up.
Additionally, good agents know their clients’ selling motivation. A client who is selling an investment property versus a client who is selling their family home will have very different needs. An outstanding agent would know how to cater to his/her clients’ respective needs.
As a buyer, an exceptional property agent will only show you properties that best match your...