It takes time choosing a real estate agent that you trust to list your house for sale. There are many factors that you will need to consider such as: experience level, knowledge and trust. When you schedule a conversation with an agent, make sure you ask them these questions.
- How much experience do you have working in the field?
Taking the time to ask this question will reassure you of how qualified they are and what to expect from them. Proven experience and a good track record of education are important factors, but note that not every agent is the same. You can still find a good agent that lacks extensive education.
- Are you currently licensed?
By checking your prospect’s certification, which can be done easily online, you will not have to think twice about the legitimacy that they are pitching to you.
- Whom will I be working with directly?
Some agents will have associates working alongside them, which can be a problem if it involves you not being able to directly communicate with your agent. Make sure you find out the number of associates, record their names and numbers, and remain in contact with them.
- How many clients are you working with?
An agent booked with numerous clients alongside yours is usually the most productive ones. By being able to handle multiple homes shows his or hers ability to multitask, therefore proving they are capable of being hired.
- How familiar are you with this area?
Knowledge of your neighborhood and the surrounding areas is vital in choosing an agent. They must know the amenities offered around, the value and other factors to be able to price your home accordingly. The more familiar they are with your neighborhood, the more value you will receive from them.
- Do you have any references that I may contact?
Don’t be shy when it comes to trying to understand your agent better. If the feedback from clients that have worked with that agent before are positive, it will definitely give you peace of mind and comfort, knowing the efficiency you will be paying for.
Your real estate agent should be there to guide you through every step of the home selling process. He is a representative of you and is the one calling the shots. By asking these questions, not only will you be able to get to know them better, but you can narrow your candidates down to find the perfect fit that is right for you.