Top 3 Things You Should Look for When Choosing a Realtor




Top 3 Things You Should Look for When Choosing a Realtor

Top 3 Things You Should Look for When Choosing a Realtor

Whether you are a first-time home buyer or are looking to sell and buy another home, working with a realtor will save you money, time, and headaches. Since buying a home is likely the biggest investment you will ever make, you want to be sure that you are armed with the experience, knowledge, and care a realtor will provide to guide you during the purchase process and help you feel confident that your interests are always protected.

Likewise, working with a realtor when selling your home, rather than as for sale by owner, will help you price your property appropriately, prepare your home for showings, advertise professionally, negotiate complicated multiple offers, keep track of deadlines and repairs, and maintain a smooth escrow and purchase process.

You may feel like you need to do research on your own first before contacting a realtor. However, a realtor can steer you in the right direction and help you understand the market and your options right from the very start of your process.

But with so many options of people to work with, how do you choose? Here are the top three things you should look for when hiring a realtor.

1. Experience

Buying or selling your home is anything but a cookie cutter process. Working with a realtor who has diverse and a vast amount of experience will result in a better outcome for you.

Experienced realtors can navigate sellers through the complicated process of selling a house. They can help set realistic goals and expectations, write contracts, negotiate prices, and protect sellers from possible liabilities.

Your realtor should also have experience in your local market. In the Reno area, it has been the norm for many years that there are multiple offers for most homes. Here at YaYa Group, we have helped many clients write successful offers and make them more attractive to the seller without necessarily offering a higher purchase price.

2. Drive

Especially in a hot market, your realtor should be driven and proactively pursuing your best interests. You want to work with a go-getter who will pursue every lead to promote your property and/or secure the right home for you.

Here at YaYa Group, we approach your home buying or selling process with persistence, integrity, and a problem-solving mindset. We are here to make this process as successful as possible for you.

3. Relationship

You should like your realtor! They should be reliable, accessible, and personable, making your home buying or selling process a pleasant one. You do not want any barriers that could jeopardize the process. You also want a realtor who prioritizes your long term interests and growth, not just before and during the process, but after as well.

Here at YaYa Group, we refer to our clients as friends because that’s who they are to us. We believe in long term relationships and strive to be a resource for our friends whenever possible. We have great relationships with many contractors, handymen, engineers, insurance agents, and mortgage lenders, and are always pleased to make an introduction.



  • We found Ro and his agency by pure coincidence and couldn't be happier with the results. My wife and I had previously listed our house with another agent and broker that yielded very little interest and no results. The first time we met with Ro we almost immediately knew he was the right person to sell our house. Ro sat down with us, listened to our story, frustrations, wants and needs. He then met with his team and put together a strong marketing plan, pricing strategy, and potential contingency scenarios based on current market conditions. He immediately set up an open house that yielded more interest than three previous open houses and 5+ months of listing with our previous agent. He knew how to guide perspective buyers through our home and expertly pointed out the value in a completely remodeled home versus homes that were in dire need of upgrades. An incredible value added part of selling with Ro was every showing we had was a private showing. Either Ro, or his representative, personally met with buyers and agents at our home to be able to answer any questions, concerns, or fill in any blanks either party might have. We received an offer with in the first few weeks and Ro's pro level negotiation skills were on point. Negotiations, contracts, and closing were about as smooth as we could have hoped for. Today's current and forecasted market conditions require substantial knowledge of the industry and how to navigate the financial ups and downs that have been bestowed upon the American populous. Ro was immediately available any time we needed to speak with him. This winter has been brutal and I was beyond impressed when I saw one of Ro's associates shoveling our drive and sidewalk in prep of a showing. There are literally thousands of agents in the Norther Nevada market but I guarantee there are only a handful that have the ability of Ro and his team. If you use Ro as your agent you are getting far more than you think. You not only get Ro, but you get the owner of the agency and the other associates as well. It is truly a team approach. There is absolutely no question as to whether I would use him again. The answer is a resounding and definitive YES!
    Jim Gasway
  • Working with Ro and the Yaya Group was an absolute joy! Back in 2019, I was looking to purchase my first home for me, my wife, and our young son. I was fairly new to Reno at the time, so I located the Yaya Group online and decided to work with them based solely on their superb ratings on (I never pay for products or services unless the majority of previous users highly rate them). Needless to say, my experience then was nothing short of 5-star. That's why when I needed to sell that very same home in 2022, there was no doubt in my mind to whom I was going to put in charge of selling it: The Yaya Group. From the start of my selling process, Ro was personable, attentive, and kind; it felt like I was working with an old friend, and this in spite of the fact I had never met him before the selling process. Ro called often to check on me and my family; he constantly updated me with each stage of the process; and he fought for my family's best interests when the buyer made some questionable and altogether unreasonable demands concerning the purchase of my house. Ultimately, Ro worked it all out, sold my house over what I thought I would actually get for it, and he made the entire process effortless, painless, and a joy. I'm moving out of the Reno area, but I still have friends here, and if any of them ever ask me for recommendations for a good realtor, I'd have no reservations about recommending Yaya, Ro, and the entire Yaya Group.
    Joshua Shinn
  • "Being a professional photographer who photographs 10-15 real estate agent headshots weekly I have had time to pick and choose my real estate agent and ask all the questions I needed years before actually needing one. Finding the person who would take 2 self employed people and get them into a home is not an easy task. A year before we found our home Yaya and team would take us out to any home that we thought might work. No questions asked. We spent nights on the internet looking for potential homes only to view them and find a reason it didn't work. Yaya never said anything negative to us about this process at all. And this is what won us over in the end. Look… There are a crap ton of real estate agents in the area but we wanted someone who would take the time to listen to us and focus on our needs. We wanted someone that would talk to us and think for us. There were many times we were anxious and nervous and just didnt know the process… But Yaya simply came over to our home and worked it out with us. It wasnt just my wife and I on this… Yaya was there too. Personality is king. Make sure your money is going to someone who deserves it."
    Jeramie Lu
  • "Working with Ro and YaYa on selling and buying a new home has been the best experience. You hear nightmare stories about selling and buying at the same time, but this process has been seamless. I sat down with Ro and YaYa to discuss my needs, and within 4 days my home was in escrow and over the amount I could ever dream. A few weeks later I was also in escrow on my new home. No storage fees, interim living between the two homes because they listened to my needs and found a buyer willing to work with my request. They are an amazing team to work with and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience."
    Amber Cotton