QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR REALTOR WHEN SELLING OR BUYING

Written By Jennifer Wilson

Selling or buying a home is a big deal. It 100% matters who you hire to assist you in that journey. With the abundance of Realtors it can be extremely difficult to find out who should represent you and guide you through the process. Ever wonder when you call about a home, why the Realtor starts asking you questions about a pre-approval, down payment, etc? They are interviewing you from the start. So interview them back! Here are a few questions you can ask:

SELLING

  • How many homes have you sold?
  • How many homes have you sold in the immediate area?
  • What is your marketing plan for my property?
  • What are your fees?
  • What other fees can I expect to pay?
  • Will I be working with anyone else besides you?
  • What are the terms of the agreement?
  • How will you vet the buyer for my home?
  • What does the market data show my home is worth currently?
  • What will communication between us look like?
  • Can I speak to any of your past clients?
  • What do I need to do to get my property ready to sell?
  • What do you do to keep yourself up to speed on the market and marketing techniques?
  • Are you full time or part time agent?

BUYING

  • How long have you been an agent?
  • How many buyers have you represented in the past 12 months?
  • Are you a full time or part time Realtor?
  • Do you represent just buyers or sellers also?
  • Will I be working with just you, or someone else as well?
  • How does commission work? Will I owe any fees or commission?
  • Do I have to sign a buyers agreement? If so, why?
  • If looking for specific property such as a duplex or farm, Make sure to ask their experience with those types of properties.
  • What does communication look like?
  • When are you available to show me homes?
  • How many clients do you work with at a time?
  • Will you guide me in making an offer? What if I ask to place a lower priced offer?

These are suggested questions to ask when you are interviewing a Realtor. Remember, you don’t need to work with the first agent you meet. You don’t need to use that family member or friend just because. You have the right to ask any and all questions you feel necessary. It is up to you to hire who you feel is the best to represent you. Don’t let an agent put you into a position where you feel obligated to work with them.

 

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