Many people end up running into their realtor (open house etc.) instead of choosing the one they want to work with, only to realize too late that they should have shopped around. The following questions might help you avoid that mistake.
Start by asking friends, acquaintances and or family for the names of agents they know. A personal referral is the BEST way to select your professional realtor. Once you have a few names, use this guide to figure out which agent suits you best.
Questions for each agent:
1. Can you send me some information about yourself?
You want to see consistency and professionalism
2. How do you approach your work, examples
Look for a business person with a strategy and a team to work with
3. How long have you been in business and is this your full-time job?
Longevity does not always mean success but make sure they have at least 5 years experience. The fallout for people in the business less than 4 years
is approx. 80%. You don’t want a part time realtor EVER!
4. Is this your area of expertise ?
Look for an agent who is very active in your area (guru), who knows current and historical real estate info
5. Do you have a personal assistant or a support team working with you ?
Most top agents employ (out of their own pocket) an assistant or staff. It is imperative that the agent have support in order to take care of the details of the transaction. If the agent is showing homes and working on details of your closing at the same time, things are going to fall through the cracks.
6. What will you do to keep me informed?
Do you want daily reports from your agent? Can the agent meet your expectations? Determine how much communication you want, then find an agent who will give you the attention and time you deserve.
7. What is the best way for me to get in touch with you?
Establish the best way to communicate with agent and support. There is nothing more frustrating than a never ending voicemail.
8. Can you provide me with further resources I may need?
The best agents have built strong relationships with their “team” over the years and can get expedient service which is very important should the transaction hit a problem and a favor can be called in.
9. Can you provide me with references from other clients you have worked with?
Don’t be afraid to ask for references. They should be proud of their work and more than happy to give you a list of people to chat with.
10. How will you represent my best interests?
Absolutely do not hire someone whom you do not feel will represent your best interests at all times. Have your agent give you some examples. Finding the home is one of the easier parts, true representation begins with negotiations strategies, navigating the inspections and getting to the closing table. Ask around for horror stories and you will find they don’t involve the home search but after the contract was signed!
We hope this is helpful and as always remember that a member of our team is just a phone call or click away!