When buying a home, here are a few questions you should ask the agent you’ve hired to represent you:
1. How long have they lived in the area? This will give you an idea of their depth of knowledge of the community you’re considering moving to.
2. How long have they been selling real estate in the area?
3. What has the local real estate market been doing in the last 12 months? You can then follow this one up by asking what it’s projected to look like in the next six to 12 months. No one can predict the future, but Realtors can use historical trends to know what to expect.
4. Do they have a comprehensive vendor list? Professional agents should be able to provide you with a comprehensive list of all the people you may need in this transaction, whether that’s a mover, an interior designer, etc. Those professionals should also give you top customer service because they rely on the referrals of that agent.
5. What’s their track record? More specifically, how many transactions have they done in the last six to 12 months? This will let you know whether they have the experience you deserve to negotiate the best possible terms. If they sell only a few homes a year, they may not. If they sell homes continuously throughout the year, they’ve probably seen every possible scenario. Would you go to a doctor who only does surgery a few times a year or the one who does it several times a month?
6. Do they have the staff to support their business? Staffing is critically important because these folks are specialized in what they do. They’ll have the training and focus needed to ensure you have a smooth transaction.
When choosing a real estate agent to represent you, choose a professional. Ask these kinds of questions and make sure you’re comfortable and confident they’ll represent you in the way you deserve.
If you have any questions about this topic or are interested in buying or selling a home, feel free to give us a call or shoot us an email. We look forward to assisting you.