Finding a realtor that will meet your expectations can be difficult, ask these questions to help make your important decision.
Having the right real estate professional by your side can greatly improve your home–buying experience. A good rule of thumb is to interview a minimum of three candidates.
A great Realtor can be a treasured asset to your home sale, but only if that Realtor is doing his or her job right. Some Realtors, unfortunately, are more of the “post and pray” type, choosing to put up a sign, posting in the multiple listing service (MLS), and then forgetting about you. But for your Realtor to get the job done, he or she needs to be out networking, getting the word out about your home and drawing in prospective buyers.
You can easily spot the difference between a quality real estate agent and one who is more the post and pray type. A quality agent will have a strong online presence, including a website and blog, and will have plenty of current references that speak positively, will create detailed descriptions of your home for listings, will use video tours and slide shows, and will communicate regularly with you throughout the entire sales process. Any agent that fails to meet these criteria is probably not someone you want helping you sell your valuable real estate.
“Consider it like dating,” says Sarah Staley, the consumer spokesperson for realtor.com. “Don’t just move forward with the first agent you meet … meet a few and see if the chemistry is there.” As she notes, “Homebuying is a complex and emotional experience, so you want to be sure there’s a personality match.”
Here are 10 questions to ask during an interview:
- Are you a full–time professional REALTOR? How long have you worked full–time in real estate? What geographic areas do you specialize in?
- Do you have a Website? What information can I find there?
- How will you keep me informed during my home search and throughout the transaction?
- Do you have a staff or a team? If so, what roles will they play in my transaction?
- Will you show me properties from other companies’ listings? (Some real estate companies do offer their buyers’ agents a higher commission if they are able to sell “in–house” listings. In those instances, there can be added incentive to limit the range of homes you are shown. This may affect your home search and how much you your agent’s fee will be.)
- Will you represent me exclusively, or will you also represent the seller? May I have that in writing?
- How will you get paid? How are your fees structured? May I have that in writing?
- What distinguishes you from other real estate agents? What is your negotiating style?
- May I contact some of your recent clients as references?
- Do you have a performance guarantee? If I am not satisfied with your performance, can I terminate our buyer agency agreement?
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