A home isn’t something you sell every day. Over the course of a lifetime, the average person will sell only a few homes – which is why it’s important to have a great Realtor!
Finding a great Realtor is one of the most important choices you will make for the sale of your home. If you choose wisely, your Realtor can help you with many of the important details, including maximizing your profits and reducing the time your home is listed for sale. If you’re looking for a top-notch Realtor to represent you, here are three Realtor interview questions you might consider asking:
1. What Is Your Experience? Any agent worth their salt will have experience listing, marketing and selling properties near your home. Ask how many homes they’ve sold over the past six months. Also, it’s important to look for a track record that shows the agent knows how to market and sell a home in a timely manner.
2. How Will You Communicate with Me? Matching your expectations with the right agent is important. Make your expectations known from the beginning and then see if they can match those expectations. A good agent should be flexible and willing to use whichever vehicle of communication (i.e. email, text or phone) is most convenient for you.
You may be wondering how you can get a good gauge on this. All you have to do is look at how they have communicated with you so far. If they have failed to follow up with you or if they’ve been disorganized with their texts or emails, then there’s no reason for you to think they’re going to change their behavior once they’ve signed a contract with you.
3. Do You Also Represent Buyers in a Transaction? Agents typically work on either the buying side or the selling side. It isn’t normal that they would work for both. Some agents do, so you need to prepare yourself to ask an agent what would happen in that situation. It’s not necessarily a conflict of interest, but it’s still a situation that can get a little muddled. You should find out if that scenario was to occur if they would refer you to another agent to handle the transaction. Familiarize yourself with that agent’s protocol should the situation arise, so you aren’t blindsided. Ideally, your agent should be working in your best interest.
We hope these Realtor interview questions will be helpful. If you’re interested in selling your home, let us provide you with a complimentary automated home value estimate. This report will include your home’s current market value — the price you will likely get if you sold your home today.
There are many automated home valuation tools available online. Some have nifty estimate-like names. Unfortunately these tools are often incorrect and misleading. To get the true value of your home, you need a local real estate professional who understands your home, your neighborhood, as well as both local and national housing trends.