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Ask Your Realtor

  • Do you work full time as a real estate agent? How long have you been working full time in this field? What professional associations do you have? 
  • Do you have an a staff or assistant? Or a team that can take care of the various parts of the process? What are their roles in the transaction? What are their names and contact information? Brokers usually work with other people to carry out all the necessary work and achieve a successful transaction. The more clients they have, the more staff they’ll need to have. It’s okay to ask if you want to find out who are the people working with them and what their roles are. Who will be there in closing?
  • Do you have a website where properties for sale are listed? Can i have the web address? Does it have a hotline or customer service email? Who responds to them and how quickly are they handled? Being online does a lot to marketing.  It can give them a lot of information in their convenience. Try searching for your agent’s website and see how visible they are online.
  • How often will you contact me? How will you contact me?  And ask how they will contact you – by your home phone? mobile? email? 
  • What sets you apart from other realtors? Is there something you do that other agents don’t that can give me the best deal for my home? Sometimes the key to selling a home in a short time is dependent on your agent’s research, marketing skills and delivery.
  • Can you give me names of past clients? Selecting an agent is like hiring an employee. Asking about them from references can give you an idea of how they are in their profession.
  • Do you have a performance guarantee? Can I terminate our listing agreement if I am not satisfied with your service? It can be difficult for an agent to offer a performance guarantee. 
  • How will you get paid? How are your fees calculated? Can I have this in writing? In most cases, the seller has the responsibility of paying agent commissions. 
  • How will you develop pricing strategies for our home? The price of a house is one of the major factors in selling it quickly. Current property information is important. Ask your realtor how they made the market analysis, and if they included For Sale by Owner homes, foreclosed homes and bank-owned sales in that list.
  • In terms of advertising and marketing, what do you plan to do to sell my home? Ask your agent for a clear plan on how money for marketing and advertising will be spent. 
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