A house is likely one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make. When it’s time to sell, it’s important to know you’re working with an agent who is experienced, competent and has your best interest at heart. Before you select an agent, it’s a good idea to interview 2 or 3.
When you interview a realtor, think of it as a job interview. You are, after all, hiring them to work for you selling a house. You’ll want to vet them out just like a manager would a potential employee. Get started with the following 10 interview topics:
Ask them to tell you about their experience selling houses. Make sure they include how long they have been doing it and a little about the houses they’ve sold. There’s not necessarily a specific amount of experience you’re looking for. You just want to make sure they have enough to be comfortable handling the entire process from listing to closing.
Ask them if they’re a full time or part time agent. Working with a part time agent isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it’s something you’ll want to know up front. It may give you an idea of his or her availability to work on your listing.
Just as with any other job interview or service you look for, ask if he or she can provide reference letters, previous clients you could call, and/or online reviews you can read. If you’re able to talk to previous clients, ask about their experience with this particular agent. What did they like? What did they not like? Try to get an idea what it will be like working with them.
An agent who is busy will need a personal assistant or other staff to help process transactions, run a comparative market analysis, and provide other backend support while the agent is out in the field. They may also work with a team of other agents. Ask for the names of anyone you may work with and how they will help you with your transaction.
Find out how you can expect communication to be handled. By phone, email, text? Who will communicate with you and how often? Also, find out when your agent can receive phone calls. You will be communicating a lot over the course of the sale, so it’s good to get an idea of what to expect.
Marketing your home is a crucial step in the sales process. It’s the only way to get your listing in front of potential buyers. Ask how they plan on marketing your home to the most potential buyers possible. Take a look at how they’ve marketed other homes online. Look at the photos and ask how they will increase your home’s visibility online. Ask if they utilize virtual tours and to show you some examples if they do.
Ask how they go about pricing a home like yours. The condition of your home and its location will affect the sales process. But the determining selling factor is more often than not the price. What’s their strategy?
Ask if they have experience working with buyers shopping for homes in your price range. You’ll want to know if they understand how the mind of your particular potential buyers works. If they do, they’ll know how to negotiate more effectively.
The last thing you want is for the sale to break down during the financing process. It’s a good idea to work with an agent who understands the process and works with a reputable lender. Working with a less than reliable lender can often cause delays or even make the whole deal collapse.
On the other side, often you run into issues with the buyer’s finances. Sometimes it will make a deal fall apart at the last minute. However, if your agent is well-versed in the home loan department, he or she may be able to salvage the deal.
Give the agent the opportunity to talk about what they will do that’s different from anyone else you’d encounter. This is their opportunity to sell themselves, so understand you’ll only hear positive things. But use this as an opportunity to learn about them. Ask probing questions and listen to their answers. Notice their confidence level. Try to determine if you’ll enjoy working with them or not.
Selling your house will likely be one of the largest transactions you’ll ever make. Give yourself the best chance to sell your home as quickly as possible and at the best possible price. Interview 2 or 3 realtors before choosing the one you’ll work with. Get started with these top 10 questions to ask a realtor when selling a house.
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