Questions to Ask When Hiring a REALTOR©

When hiring a REALTOR©, it’s important to understand exactly what you’re looking for.© recommends having a list of questions prepared after you’ve completed your online search and you’ve begun your in-person meetings.

How long have you been in real estate?

This one may seem like an obvious question to ask, but it’s one of the most important. You’re going to want an experienced REALTOR© on your side when it comes time to sell your home. This person will know the best price you can get for your home, how best to market your home, and will understand how best to negotiate for your home when offers are flowing in or you are ready to make an offer on a home. An experienced REALTOR© can make the difference between you and your family making a profit on your home, and even finding the potential home you want to move into.

How long have you lived in this area?

A REALTOR© who has lived in the area you’re house hunting or the in the area you’re selling is a great asset. If this person has not lived in the area for a long time, then they can’t say they have their pulse on the community. This person should be able to give you a mental image of the community you’re looking at, covering everything from schools to outdoor activities, and even restaurants and local politics.

Do you work alone, or do you have a team you work with?

A person who works alone could work just as well as someone who works with a team. It’s also important to know your REALTOR©’s process. When you call, who will you be talking to? Will they know about your home or your home search right away, or is it more of a corporate setting? These are important things to know, because they can help you determine exactly what kind of REALTOR© you want to hire.

What is your schedule?

If this person is only part time, then they can only dedicate part of their time to you. If they’re full-time, then they’re dedicating at least 40 hours a week to this work specifically. Understand what days and hours they work, and try your best to respect those hours unless it’s an actual emergency. Since you’ve hired them, you need to try your best to work around their hours and their availability.

Do you have any vacations planned?

If a vacation is in your REALTOR©’s near future, then this is important for you to know. If you’re house hunting, then it may be best to find another REALTOR©, or if you’re looking to put your home on the market, then it may be best to wait to list your home till they get back. Their schedule should be just as important to you as your own.