As you prepare to buy or sell a home, the first step in the process is finding the right Realtor. Navigating the options available can seem overwhelming. Here are some questions to ask that will make it easier to find a quality, experienced agent.
1. What Associations Are You a Member Of?
Professional associations help establish a Realtor as a quality one. If a Realtor is a member of the National Association of Realtors, for example, that Realtor has met certain standards set by the Association, and is likely going to work hard for you.
2. What Is Your Availability?
Good Realtors are busy, but you want to be sure that the Realtor will be available for you. While you shouldn’t expect the real estate agent to be at your beck and call, you do want the agent to be available for you. Make sure the days and times you are available match those of the agent you hire.
3. How well do you know the Area?
You need to find an agent who knows your community inside and out. If the agent does not live in the town or city you are searching in, make sure they really know the region. Ask them about their experiences in your local community.
4. How Will We Communicate?
When interviewing real estate agents, ask how they will communicate with you if you choose them. Some Realtors will email you regularly, while others will schedule a phone call at a certain time of the week. Still others will text when they have information for you. Asking this question will not only help you choose a Realtor that communicates in a way you appreciate, but also will let you know what to expect when you start working together.
5. What Marketing Strategies Do You Use?
If you are hiring a real estate agent to sell your home, make sure you ask about marketing strategies. You need a real estate agent that uses a variety of marketing strategies to reach your eventual buyer.
As you search for an agent, remember that every agent is going to offer something unique. Take your time as you search, and you will find the right agent that will perfectly match your personality and meet your home buying or selling needs.