Find an Agent

Obviously, you’re on the website for Kelly Waltemath, Realtor in Greater New Orleans, so I would encourage you to browse through the information on this site to learn more about the services I offer. However, I will also give you some basic tips about looking for and hiring a real estate agent to begin the process of buying or selling your home.

Qualifications:

This is a common sense tip when it comes to hiring anyone to do a job for you. Check out potential Realtors’ Experience and if applicable, their awards and recognition throughout their career. You will want to make sure also, that they have experience handling the type of purchase or sale in which you are involved. For instance, I am experienced in new home sales because I have worked hand-in-hand with builders in several different developments throughout the Greater New Orleans area. If you have a sale, you might find an agent that has more experience selling high-end, million dollar homes or homes located in a certain city or area or homes that have acreage. Ask as many questions as you feel are necessary in order to make you feel comfortable with the agent’s qualifications and experience.

Communication, Feedback, & Honesty:

One quick way to find out if a Realtor is good with communication is how fast they get back to you on the first phone call you make. Surprisingly, there are many professionals in all walks of life that are good at returning phone calls and those that aren’t. Anyone who doesn’t get back to you within 12 to 24 hours (whatever makes you comfortable) should immediately not be considered. Keep in mind that Realtors are “out-of-office” workers who spend time showing homes and spending one-on-one time with their clients when expecting that first call back as well.

Another important part of communication is feedback – honest feedback. You probably have your own set of expectations when it comes to the purchase or sale of a home. As a seller, you may have a specific price in mind. As an investor buyer, you may have an ideal home, located in a neighborhood where you think you will be able to quickly make money by “flipping” the house. As a buyer, you may want to buy a home in a safe neighborhood with lots of kids. Your real estate agent needs to be well-versed in pricing, comps, neighborhood locations, home values / appreciation, etc. It is their job to honestly inform you about your choices, while making sure to set your expectations, so that you don’t “get in over your head.” Make sure that the agent you choose is comfortable at being the expert on your situation. A Realtor who seems uncertain or doesn’t seem to know how to answer your questions may not be the right choice for you.

Networking:

Especially in the Greater New Orleans area, referrals are an important part of everyday business. A Realtor who has lots of connections with many different types of companies in the real estate industry is an asset to you as a seller or buyer. Being able to refer you to handy man services, contractors, developers, builders, lenders, title companies, appraisers, surveyors, home inspectors, and many more can make a huge difference if you are in the process of dealing with a “high-maintenance” purchase or sale. Tracking down those services can be an exhausting and time-consuming process, so you will want to make sure you ask your prospective real estate agent what types of relationships they have in your area.

Negotiation Skills & Personality:

A real estate agent is a deal maker – your representative on all levels – handling your business for you. This person needs to be able to handle not only the contract and closing process but all of the unexpected and time-sensitive occurrences throughout the home buying and home selling process. Therefore, aggressiveness and tact need to be employed in different situations and in different measures to make sure that your interests are protected. Using the idea of being “firm but kind” is a good place to start when choosing a Realtor. Someone who feels comfortable setting boundaries and “putting their foot down,” but can still effectively and professionally communicate your needs is what you are looking for in an agent.

When considering a real estate agent’s personality, just like anyone you are hiring to do a job for you, if your personalities don’t “mesh,” move on to the next prospect. You are going to be spending a lot of time and a lot of phone calls with this person, and if you feel uncomfortable with their personality right from the start, things probably are not going to change with more exposure!

 

Overall, ask lots of questions, be picky and specific, and make sure you feel completely comfortable with your choice of Realtor. They are going to be one of the most important choices of your home buying or home selling process!

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The Kelly Waltemath Group

The Kelly Waltemath Group
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Drew Treuting
Drew Treuting
2020-04-07T20:23:27+0000
Kelly & Michelle worked with my wife and I to help us sell our first home and help us purchase our new home here at... Cypress Parks in Belle Chasse. The process was very easy and we recommend their services for anyone who is need.read more
Adrianne Daniel Billodoux
Adrianne Daniel Billodoux
2019-12-25T01:21:14+0000
AH! Where do I begin?! We had a 6 month journey with Chris. We were selling & buying. Sometimes the process isn’t... always rainbows and butterflies. But, Chris is one of the most positive individuals I have ever met. Chris cares, not only about his job, but his clients at a personal level & I believe that whole heartily. Sometimes, I can be well, difficult. 🤷🏼‍♀️ He always LISTENED to every one of my husbands and I concerns. He made sure to communicate with the buying agent and us very effectively and efficiently. In the end I wouldn’t have it any other way. If you are looking for MORE than just an agent to get you & your family through your selling or buying process, then Christopher Miguez is your man! Merry Christmas & Happy Selling / Buying ♥️🎄read more
Allie Marie
Allie Marie
2019-12-17T17:15:37+0000
Chris has been wonderful on helping us sell our house! Kelly and Michelle have also been a huge help when we have any... questions. We will definitely be using them in the future and I will be recommending them to anyone who needs a great agent! Thank you so much for everything my family truly appreciates!read more
Trevita Datmodel Jackson
Trevita Datmodel Jackson
2019-09-24T21:41:20+0000
I highly recommend Christopher Miguez, REALTOR He was very professional and patient with us, all while having fun when... looking for our dream home. He is great to work with and I would recommend him to anybody!!! Thanks Chris!!read more
Eden Buuck Gioe
Eden Buuck Gioe
2019-08-23T00:51:55+0000
Can’t recommend Chris Miguez from the Kelly Waltemath Group enough! He was always there to answer my questions & keep... me updated with every step of the process which, as a first time buyer, was invaluable! So thankful for him and the whole group!read more
Sara Laughlin Treuting
Sara Laughlin Treuting
2019-08-14T08:44:56+0000
Kelly and her team have been amazing to work with! From selling our first home to purchasing our next - she has guided... us through every step perfectly! I feel like we always have a million repetitive questions, but Kelly always answers them with such a quick response time. I highly recommend Kelly - she’s just so personable - like having your best friend leading you through such a major purchase. Thank you, Kelly!read more
Taylor Daigle
Taylor Daigle
2019-05-22T22:14:47+0000
Kelly helped making the process of buying my first home smooth and fun! As a close friend of Kelly’s, I had seen her... success in real estate from an outsider’s perspective, and now I understand why from first hand experience! The knowledge and experience offered by Kelly and her team helped me feel comfortable in a situation that was totally new to me. All of the recommendations that she gave me have turned out great - from lenders to offer amounts to storage solutions in the home. I recommend Kelly and her team 100% to anyone buying or selling a home. Thank you Kelly!!!read more
Marc Seals
Marc Seals
2019-04-13T15:51:15+0000
She is the best! So glad I went with her! Her personality and experience in the market makes her #1 in my eyes! Bedico... Creek Subdivision Madisonville, Laread more
Eli Lewellyn
Eli Lewellyn
2018-10-06T02:39:32+0000
Great to work with! Got us a cash offer after only a few months.
Christi Amedee LeBlanc
Christi Amedee LeBlanc
2018-07-30T19:55:34+0000
Kelly is the best! She helped us sell our home and is currently navigating us with building a custom home in Bedico... Creek. Kelly is always there when we need her and goes above and beyond when it comes to customer service.read more
Andy Delaup
Andy Delaup
2018-06-10T21:33:22+0000
Kelly did a great job helping my wife and I find out beautiful new house. She was very responsive via email, call and... text, so any time we needed anything she was just a call or click away. I absolutely recommend her to anyone searching for their dream home!read more
Rosalind Pijeaux Hale
Rosalind Pijeaux Hale
2018-02-27T19:17:40+0000
Kelly's marketing skills are untouchable. Her use of social media and personal contacts with other realtors is what... makes her outstanding. She even keeps a list of potential buyers so that when a house becomes available she can notify them. She kept us informed throughout the process and answered all questions. Two offers were received one day after the house was on the market. THANKS Kelly!read more
Brenda Hubert
Brenda Hubert
2017-12-20T18:01:59+0000
Kelly went above and beyond. My house sold in less than 48 hours!! Kelly, you’re the absolute best. Thank you for... taking such great care of me!!read more
Tink O'Shay
Tink O'Shay
2017-06-24T20:41:18+0000
Eve Myers Herman
Eve Myers Herman
2017-06-23T03:05:39+0000
Our house had been on the market for 2 years with 2 different realtors with no success. We switched to Kelly and she... worked tirelessly until our house sold! She is innovative and energetic. I only wish we had switched to her sooner.read more
James Hagan
James Hagan
2017-06-22T01:29:16+0000
Kristi Bolian O'Brien
Kristi Bolian O'Brien
2017-06-22T00:55:26+0000
Kelly has been a real pleasure to work with. She is always available when we needed her. Her clients are her #1... priority and it shows in her work ethic. Highly recommend Kelly Waltemath!!!!!read more
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