Real Estate in Boise, Meridian, Nampa
& All of the Treasure Valley

Jennifer Louis
Residential Real Estate Expert
Welcome To Boise and Beyond Real Estate

Give us a call,
We’ll show you around!

Choosing the right real estate agent matters

by | Jun 6, 2024 | Idaho Real Estate

How to Choose the Right Real Estate Agent in a Shifting Market

Navigating the real estate market can be challenging, especially with ongoing changes in transaction processes and brokerage payments. Choosing the right real estate agent matters and is more critical than ever. Here are key steps and qualities to look for when selecting an agent who can effectively guide you through buying or selling a property in these dynamic times.

1. Proven Experience

Look for an agent with a solid track record. Proven experience in real estate not only demonstrates an agent’s ability to handle a variety of scenarios but also their understanding of the complexities of market fluctuations over time.

2. Knowledge of the Area

An agent with in-depth knowledge of your area of interest is invaluable. They can provide insights into market trends, community developments, and even nuances like school districts and local regulations that are pivotal when making your decision.

3. Strong Online Reviews

Online reviews can be a great indicator of an agent’s reputation and reliability. Agents with top reviews are likely to have a history of satisfied clients, indicating their commitment to excellent service.

4. Full-Time Commitment

Choose an agent who works in real estate full-time. This commitment shows they are up-to-date with the current market conditions and dedicated solely to their client’s needs, making them more accessible and focused.

5. Marketing Expertise

Effective marketing can make a significant difference, especially when selling your home. An agent with strong marketing skills knows how to present homes in the best light across various platforms to attract the right buyers.

6. Professionalism

Professionalism is crucial in handling the formalities of real estate transactions. This includes timely communication, organized documentation, and overall management of the buying or selling process with integrity and respect.

7. Excellent Negotiation Skills

A top-notch negotiator can save you time and money. An agent with excellent negotiation skills will advocate for your best interests, helping you to secure the best deal possible.

The Risks of Hiring Family or Friends

While hiring a family member or friend might seem like a comfortable choice, it’s important to consider the professional distance and expertise required in today’s complex market. Professionalism and a thorough understanding of the latest real estate regulations and market trends are essential, and might not always be present in personal relationships.  Real estate can be a particularly stressful experience and can sometimes bring out the worst in us, so hiring someone who won’t get their “feelings hurt” or bring up emotional ties could be wise.  With this said, sometimes it can be a great idea to work with a family member or friend since you can be yourself, and may feel more comfortable sharing your financial situation and reason for buying or selling.  In the end the important thing is to hire someone that understands your particular interests in real estate.  If Unlcle Johnny deals with mostly land, and you are looking for a starter home in another area, he might not be the best person for the job.

Navigating the New Real Estate Landscape

With the recent National Association of Realtors (NAR) settlement, the dynamics of choosing a real estate agent have shifted significantly.  As of August 2024, Buyers must now select their agent before they start touring homes. This adjustment means there’s no opportunity for a trial period with an agent, making your initial choice more crucial than ever. It’s essential to scrutinize an agent’s experience, client reviews, and local market knowledge to ensure they align with your needs right from the start. This proactive approach will help you find an advocate who can effectively navigate market complexities and negotiate the best deal on your behalf.

Hiring an Agent from an Open House

If you don’t know a real estate agent then where should you start. One popular way is via an open house.  A few ways to go that approach are the following:

  • Assess the Agent: Use the open house as an opportunity to observe the agent’s interaction with clients and knowledge of the property.
  • Inquire and Verify: Ask about their experience and request references. Check their online reviews and professional profiles after the open house.
  • Schedule a Follow-up: Arrange a more formal meeting in a neutral setting to discuss your specific needs and how they might represent you, ensuring they can serve your best interests, especially if they are already representing the seller.

This streamlined approach helps you effectively evaluate an agent met during an open house, ensuring they align with your real estate objectives without overwhelming your readers with excessive detail.  Keep in mind many new agents offer to host open houses for busier listing agents.  If it is the listing agent than you may have struck gold as they are often experts in that neighborhood and should provide valuable insights into the area and type of homes you are interested in.

Why I Might Be the Right Choice

Boise and Beyond articles guide by Jennifer LouisAs a five-star reviewed real estate agent and relocation specialist, I bring over 20 years of experience in sales, negotiations, and deep knowledge of the local market. My commitment to providing above-and-beyond service is designed to make your transition into or out of a home as seamless as possible. I am dedicated to analyzing market trends and data full-time, ensuring that you are making the most informed decisions in these changing times.

Whether you are a first-time buyer looking to make a smart investment in your future or a seller aiming to get top dollar for your property, my expertise and proven track record are your assets. Choosing the right real estate agent matters in one of the most important financial decisions you make.

If you’re considering buying or selling a home in the Boise area, it’s essential to work with a knowledgeable and experienced realtor who can guide you through the complexities of the real estate market. For expert advice and dedicated service, feel free to reach out to me for all your real estate needs.



Boise Real Estate ProfessionalFor expert guidance on preparing your home to sell or if you are considering moving to Boise, contact Jennifer Louis, a Boise real estate and relocation expert. Set up a time for a consultation here.  In the meantime, make sure to follow me,  Jennifer Louis, Boise Metro Real Estate Expert, and local relocation guide on Instagram, Facebook, or my blog for fun facts about Boise and of course a few things real estate.  (208) 509-9122 or

Meet The Author

Jennifer Louis

Residential Real Estate Expert

Jennifer Louis, Boise Area Real Estate Expert is a relocation specialist for Boise and the Treasure Valley. Helping hundreds succeed in finding their perfect home while simultaneously assisting homeowners to prepare and sell their homes.

Your Boise Relocation Expert

Helpful Tools For Your Relocation