5 Important Questions to Ask a Realtor Before Hiring Them

Posted by Casandra Properties on Saturday, March 28th, 2020 at 4:40pm.

Are you ready to join the 36% of Americans who plan to purchase a home in the next few years?

Before you start putting a dream list together, you want to hire a competent realtor.

Do you know the right questions to ask a realtor before you hire them? You can find out everything you need to know by asking these five questions.

Questions To Ask a Realtor Before Hiring Them

1. How Much Experience Do You Have?

The person you want handling your dream home transaction should have years of experience in the industry. 

A veteran realtor will know how to navigate unexpected problems or difficult sellers. You want to know that everything will be processed and sorted without any errors or mistakes.

If a new real estate agent becomes your realtor, make sure an agency broker like Linda Ching is guiding them along the way.

2. How Often Will You Be in Contact With Me?

Make sure your real estate agent is accessible and responsive. Ask them how they usually contact clients.

More importantly, a prospective realtor should ask how you preferred to be contacted.

Whether you text, call, or email, you should have your questions and concerns addressed at all stages of the home buying process.

If you prefer to only be contacted when there's an open house, accepted offer, or counteroffer, you can arrange for scheduled times or methods to communicate.

3. Do I Have to Sign a Contract?

It may be standard procedure to sign a contract with a realtor, but what are the conditions and terms?

Real estate contracts assign exclusive rights to the agent to help you buy a home.

If the contract gives exclusive rights for too long or allows the agent to get out of the contract, then consider going with a different agent.

4. Are You Mainly a Listing Agent or a Buyer's Agent?

While most agents are qualified to handle both sides of real estate transactions, the very best realtors will specialize in one or the other.

The process to buy is actually very different from the selling side of the coin. There are different procedures, best practices, and due diligence.

If they are mainly a listing agent, ask them why they want to help you buy a home.

Ideally, your realtor has a higher ratio of buying to selling before you commit to their services.

5. Is Real Estate Your Full-Time Job?

Some of the best and most-skilled agents only work part-time, but you want and need someone who is available in case of trouble.

Even if you hire a part-time agent, find out if they have processes or plans in place to assist if they aren't available.

Knowing the Right Questions to Ask a Realtor

Start the process of looking for your dream home. By knowing the right questions to ask a realtor, you can find someone who will work hard for you.

So put together your must-have checklist and get excited about buying a new home.

If you are interested in more real estate articles, keep scrolling for unique articles.

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