Sellers and Buyers: 5 MUST ASK questions when interviewing a Realtor.
Are you buying or selling a home? Thinking about it?
At RE/MAX Consultant Group, Toth and Team, we are confident in our ability to do the best job representing you. But we want YOU to be just as confident. Here are a few questions you can ask when your are interviewing for a Realtor to help you either look for a home or sell one.
- Ask about experience- The sale of your home is one of the most costly transactions you will likely make in your lifetime and you should be confident that your Realtors experience will allow them to handle the sale of your home with fidelity from listing to closing. Its suggested that you will want your agent to have at least 5-8 years of experience.
- When selling, ask how they plan to market your home- Marketing set’s an agent apart. Data shows that homes sell faster the more thoroughly they are marketed. Many agents put a sign in the yard, put it in the MLS and hope it sells. It’s important that your agent has a written plan for your home. They should be able to sell the lifestyle of the area and should be talented at social marketing. Social marketing is the new print press.
- Ask about communication - The process of selling a home will require a lot of communication-- nail biting at times! Do you have a preference to which communication you prefer and how often? Most agents are “cookie cutter” communicators. Make sure your communication from your Realtor is tailored just for you.
- Ask about office location and area knowledge- Is your agent local or miles or even counties away? Can they react within minutes of a call? Many Realtors are moving to virtual offices. Buyers and sellers still like to walk into an office and talk with a professional face to face. Buyers want to trust their agent and get to know them before they feel confident allowing the agent to take care of their financial business. An office will have maps, local information and feature their sellers listings to new buyers. Although paper marketing is becoming archaic to buyers, they still love to come into an office and get materials and information about a community from an area professional without seeing it for the first time at a showing. A brokerage that invests in an area office, typically make it their business to know it like the back of their hand.
- Ask about past performance- Ask for performance documentation. Not their brokerage stats but their own personal stats compared the average agent. You don't want an average agent helping you with hundreds of thousands of dollars! Remember, past performance is likely going to be their future performance.
Of course, these are not the ONLY questions that you can ask, but these are definitely high up on the list. RE/MAX Consultant Group, Toth and Team have a full list of questions that you can use in an interview. Give us a call and let’s sit down and chat!