by Shari Held

For buyers, landing the home of their dreams is the big win. For sellers, it’s obtaining the best possible resale amount. Being represented by a skilled real estate professional can make all the difference.

“To be successful in this market, all things have to align,” says Laura Turner, Broker/Owner of Laura Turner Realty Group with FC Tucker.

Here are a few points to consider when looking for a real estate agent to represent your interests:

Years of experience – Real estate is a business where more years in the market is a big plus. Experienced agents have worked through sellers’ markets and buyers’ markets. They know how to handle multiple offer situations and can advise clients about what is in their best interests. They’ve also accumulated knowledge about different neighborhoods and even specific homes. And if they don’t have it at their fingertips, they likely know someone who does.

Full-time commitment – Real estate agents need to be actively involved in the market. Availability to your agent is especially important in a seller’s market when homes can be snapped up within minutes after the For Sale sign goes up. “I am always working on my clients’ behalf,” Turner says. “My sole focus is finding clients a home, on- or off-market.”

Creative approach – Savvy real estate agents recognize a winning offer and can write one given any market scenario. More importantly, they’ve learned how to get creative to bypass hurdles and make their offer standout among many others.

Stellar reputation – The bulk of homes sold in this area are sold by top agents with a reputation for consistently delivering results. The best agents build strong relationships with other successful brokers and are easy to work with.

“Reputation goes a long way toward completing deals,” Turner says. “People know when they work with me, they are going to get to the closing table without hiccups that will prohibit closing on time.”

Talk to Laura today if you’re in the market for buying a new home or considering selling your home. Visit her website at, or call (317) 363-0842 for more information.