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7 non-negotiable qualities of a top real estate agent

Nearly all real estate agents claim to be local market experts or sharks at the bargaining table. But how can you tell for sure? Below, we’ve broken out seven non-negotiable qualities of a top real estate agent, and shown why the Erdal Team is Silicon Valley’s highest-rated real estate team.


Real estate is often learned on the job, and it’s impossible to claim yourself as an expert after only a few years. Together, the Erdal team has a combined 40 years of experience and over 800 successful closings.

Track Record

An excellent agent will not only be seasoned, but also have a high volume of sales year-after-year. Last year, we closed 46 transactions, while the average Silicon Valley agent closed just seven.

Marketing and tech-savvy

We all know that buyers aren’t just searching on their home computer anymore. They’re navigating multiple apps while standing in line getting coffee, and acting on email alerts to ensure they can make a bid quickly.

When you sell your home with the Erdal Team, you’ll have a forward-thinking marketing strategy working for you. We begin by sending an alert to local agents and buyers that your home is “coming soon,” ensuring that excitement builds even before it goes on the market. Once your Silicon Valley home is listed, the property will be syndicated across all major sites and featured in local publications targeting qualified buyers.

If you’re buying a home in Silicon Valley, we’ll work with you to set up listing alerts so you can be among the first to see newly for sale homes in your desired area. We’ll also speak with local agents and brokers to find out in advance of homes coming on the market, so we can act quickly once they are listed.


Honesty is the foundation of our business philosophy. The only way to get a fair, smooth path to closing is to set appropriate expectations when it comes to pricing, timing and market conditions. Because we’ve closed more than 800 deals across Sunnyvale and other Silicon Valley cities, we rely on experience -- and not an educated guess -- when determining your ideal buying or selling path.


A good agent will have a list of references, a great agent will encourage you to do your own research. We love sharing past client experiences as they are a candid look into what working with us is like. We also encourage prospective clients to read our independent online Zillow reviews and speak with our past clients about their experience working with us.

Client support

Real estate agents spend many hours in closed-door meetings, so it’s critical that they have backup when their other clients need them. In addition to three full time agents, the Erdal Team has a full-time assistant and transaction coordinator. Our clients also receive complete concierge services, which means we can arrange for inspections and meet with vendors that will help us as we list your property.


Like any relationship, the chemistry with your agent shouldn’t be faked or forced. Because you’ll have to share financial and personal information with your agent, it’s critical that you feel comfortable around them.

To make sure we are a good fit, we recommend an in-person consultation to kick things off. For international buyers and sellers, or those relocating, we are happy to meet over Skype or a casual phone call. The bottom line is that we know buying or selling is a major financial decision, and we want you to feel at ease from start to finish.

Set up a free, no-obligation consultation with the Erdal Team.