Your house hunt has begun, and now you’re ready to hire a professional REALTOR©. REALTOR.com© recommends having a list of questions prepared for your agent after you’ve completed your online search. Start your in-person meetings feeling informed and prepared.
How long have you been in real estate?
Most people want an experienced REALTOR© on their side when it comes time to sell their home. The experienced REALTOR© will know the best price you can get for your home, how best to market your home, and will understand how best to negotiate for your home when offers are flowing in or you are ready to make an offer on a home. An experienced REALTOR© can make the difference between you and your family making a profit on your home, and even finding your next home.
How long have you lived in this area?
A local, well-known REALTOR© who has lived in the area you’re house hunting or the in the area you’re selling is a great asset. If this person has not lived in the area for a long time, then they may not have their finger on the pulse of the community. This person should be able to give you a strong image of the community you’re looking at, covering everything from schools to outdoor activities, and even restaurants and local politics. The adage, “Locals do it better” is good to trust in a situation like this.
Do you work alone, or do you have a team you work with?
It’s important to know your REALTOR©’s process while they’re working with you. When you call, who will you be talking to? Will they know about your home or your home search right away? Will you be calling a corporate office? This information can help you determine exactly what kind of REALTOR© you want to hire.
What is your schedule?
If this person is only part time, then they can only dedicate part of their time to you. If they’re full-time, then they’re dedicating at least 40 hours a week to this work specifically. Try to find out what days and hours they work, and try your best to respect those hours unless it’s an actual emergency. You’ve hired this person, but it’s best to approach the sale of your home with a team mentality.
Do you have any vacations planned?
If a vacation is in your REALTOR©’s near future, then this is important for you to know. If you’re house hunting, then it may be best to find another REALTOR©, or if you’re looking to put your home on the market, then it may be best to wait to list your home till they get back. Their schedule should be just as important to you as your own.