What To Ask an Agent Before Hiring Them
Finding the right real estate agent for your transaction is a very important factor in making sure your sale or purchase goes as smoothly as possible.
But, let's face it, if its your first time, you probably have no clue on where to begin and which way to go.
So, here are a few questions you should be asking your agent before hiring them for the job.
What is the agent's experience level and local expertise?
This does not mean that just because someone who has experience will be the MOST successful, however, it is safe to bet that they will have the right skills to successfully complete the transaction. You can even ask how many homes have they sold in the current year and if they have any certifications that can give you peace of mind when it comes to worrying about whether you've chosen the right agent or not.
Are they part of a member organization?
Of course, they have to be licensed. If, for example, they are a member of the National Association of Realtors, that means that are obligated to follow their code of ethics.
Do they have a marketing approach and plan?
You should know what marketing strategies and tools they will use throughout the time until escrow closes. Remember, both offline and online marketing is crucial in this process since you want to reach as many people as possible. What type of photographers will they be using? Is a video in the package also?
For instance, staging is very important in the process of selling a home and you want to ask the real estate agent if they will be staging your home. And this is all important since many people who will potentially be interested in the home will probably see it for the first time on the Internet so you want to make sure it is presented in the best way possible.
How well do they know other service providers in the industry?
They should at least be able to refer you to one lender they've previously worked with in order to make sure you are qualified for a home before beginning your search. A real estate transaction may possibly need a lot of inspectors, contracts and other handymen therefore it is very important they know these people already. It will save a lot of time.
Are they able to provide three references from past clients?
they most likely will have testimonials from previous clients on their personal website. But if not, you can find some reviews on their Yelp page. Its important to know how others felt working with this agent.
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