You’re finally convinced you need a real estate agent to help you with your home search and purchase. What should you ask them? Here’s a list of questions you can ask real estate agents before selecting the perfect match for your needs.
What’s your experience in real estate?
Ask your agent how long they have been “in the biz”, and whether they do real estate part time, or full time. Inquire about things like training, certifications, and degrees they may hold. You want an agent who is committed, even if they are relatively new to the field.
Do you usually work for sellers or buyers?
In a competitive market, a buyer’s agent with serious negotiating skills can make all the difference. Look for a buyer’s agent who can hold their own against stiff competition and come out a winner.
How well do you know my desired neighborhood?
If you have narrowed down the area you’re hoping to buy in, local experience can be unbeatable when it comes to hiring an agent. Don’t be afraid to ask for specifics about their successes in the local market, and quiz them a little about neighborhood facts.
Can you get me a viewing quickly?
The ability of your agent to be on the ball and get keys or lockbox codes fast when you find a house you like is critical. If you have to wait around on your agent, you’re likely to be losing chances at great homes.
What’s your responsiveness like?
Ask what their turnaround time is in responding to communications. If they have an emergency, what’s the plan? Do they have backup to help bridge gaps? Make sure you aren’t getting in with an agent who can’t prioritize you.
What’s your stance on dual agency?
Your agent should never work as a buyer agent and seller agent simultaneously, even if it’s legal in your state. You want a buyer’s agent who is dedicated to getting great deals for buyers and won’t ever have split loyalties.
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