Questions You Should Ask Your REALTOR®
Trying to find a new home, or sell your current one, is often a full time job. Because of that, many homeowners and buyers trust a REALTOR® to help them through the process. However, finding the right REALTOR® can sometimes be more difficult than finding your dream home.
Your home is one of the biggest investments you will ever make, so working with someone you get along with and trust is extremely important. Asking questions can help you learn about the agent’s history, personality, and strengths before you hire them as your REALTOR®. The following questions can help you find the right REALTOR® for you and your family.
- Do you have current references available? There’s a reason most real estate agents work through referrals; clients are likely to recommend an agent they had a great experience with.References from a few recent clients will give you the best picture as to what working with an agent will be like. Previous clients can give your information about things like the agent’s availability, timeline, or communication.
- How do your fees work? If you are looking for an agent to help sell your home, it’s important to talk about money upfront. Get as much information as you can upfront about commissions, rates, and other fees, as well as cancellation policies. This prevents unpleasant surprises from occurring later on in the selling process.
- Do you work alone or as part of a team? A lone real estate agent may be able to devote more time to you and your home and create a deeper and more personal relationship. Likewise, a real estate team may have more agents and resources to help market your home. If your agent works solo, make sure to ask about their current workload; likewise, if they’re part of a time find out about who your primary agent or contact will be.
- How long have you been in real estate? Is it your full time job? While every real estate agent has to start somewhere, many homeowners are not comfortable being an agent’s first client. Likewise, an agent who only works part time may have limited availability for showings.
- How many clients do you currently have? While there is no magic number, the more clients or listings your agent is representing, the more demands on their time they will have. Likewise, too few clients may indicate a lack of experience or that may not have been well recommended by previous clients.
Buying or selling your dream home can be a stressful process. However, working with the right REALTOR® can make the entire process easier!