Choosing a realtor is an important decision – after all, this person will be responsible for helping you buy or sell your home. You want to make sure you choose someone knowledgeable, experienced, and who you can trust to have your best interests in mind.
34 Questions to ask when you’re choosing a realtor:
- How long have you been in this business?
- Have you ever helped people in my situation?
- What are your credentials?
- What do your previous clients say about you?
- What do you specialize in?
- Do you work exclusively with buyers or sellers?
- Will you work directly with me or will someone else in your office assist me?
- What is your communication style?
- How often will we be in contact?
- Do you have a website?
- Can I see some of your past listings?
- Can I see some of your recent sales?
- Can I contact some of your past clients for references?
- What is the best way to reach you – email, text, phone call, etc.?
- What is your availability like?
- What happens if I need to get in touch with you outside of regular business hours?
- What’s your approach to negotiations?
- Are there any locations where you avoid working in? Why?
- Has it ever happened to you that you were unable to help a client find/sell a home? Can you describe that experience(s) for me?
- In what ways do you go above and beyond for your clients?
- Do I have to sign a contract or other agreement? If so, can I see it before I sign anything?
- What are the fees involved in working with you/your team? When are these fees due?
- What other professionals will I need to work with in the purchase/sale of my home (e.g., home inspector, lawyer, staging company, etc.) Do you have anyone you particularly recommend?
- Have there been any problems with previous clients that I should know about in advance (e.g., mortgage approval difficulties, disagreements about repairs that need to be made before the listing home is put on the market, buyer’s loan denied at the last minute)?
- Are there any homes currently on the market that meet my criteria or that I might be interested in? If not, would you be willing to send me offers as they become available so I do not miss out on anything good?
- Once we start working together, what can I expect from the process – i.e., how long will it take to find a suitable home/sell my current home, etc.?
- Is there anything else I should know about working with you, or that I have not asked, but should consider before deciding who to hire as my realtor?
- What is your average selling price?
- What is the highest selling price you have ever achieved?
- What is the lowest selling price you have ever achieved?
- What do you think about home inspections?
- What are your thoughts on using social media to market a listing?
- What are your thoughts on using technology in general during the buying/selling process?
- Do you have any additional services that you offer to your clients?
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you know if your realtor is good?
A realtor should be knowledgeable about the local market and able to provide accurate information about property prices, sales prices, and market trends. They should also be aware of the latest trends in the industry and be able to give you sound advice on what home improvements will give you the best return on your investment. Finally, they should be responsive and available when you need them, and they should be willing to go above and beyond to help you find the right home.
What should I not tell a real estate agent?
When selling your home, you shouldn’t lie about the condition of your home. If there are any problems with the property, you should be upfront and honest with the realtor so they can help you determine the right price. Second, don’t disclose confidential information about your sale to the realtor.
For example, if you’ve already accepted an offer from another party, you shouldn’t tell the agent until the sale is complete. Finally, you shouldn’t discuss your financial situation with the agent. This is confidential information that you should discuss with your accountant or lawyer.
These are just a few of the questions potential clients should ask when sitting down with realtors and interviewing them for the job of helping them buy or sell their homes – but they are important ones!
The most important thing is to find a realtor who meets all the criteria you are looking for, and who makes you feel comfortable and confident about trusting them with such an important transaction.
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