This one is a excerpt from my Home Buyer's Guide that I have developed to give home buyers a little bit more information before starting the journey. If you'd like a copy, please just let me know and I will get it to you right away!
Without further ado, here is 8 Critical Questions to Ask Any Agent Before You Buy!
How will you be able to make sure that you not only find your dream home but that you ensure that the real estate agent you choose to represent you has the what it takes to help you with the biggest financial decision you will make in the next 5 years?
Unfortunately, many people choose a real estate professional based on the idea that all real estate agents are basically the same. They sign with the first agent to come along, only to realize too late that they should have "shopped around."
The following questions are designed to help you avoid that mistake by equipping you with what to look for when selecting an agent to represent you.
First, start by asking friends, acquaintances and/or family for the names of real estate agents they know. A personal referral is the absolute BEST manner in which to select your professional real estate agent. Once you have compiled a list of names referred to you based upon a great experience, use this guide to help you determine which agent is the best for YOU. I recommend interviewing at least 2-3 real estate agents.
Here are the questions you should ask each agent:
Can you send me some information about yourself?
Look for professionalism and consistency. What are their professional accomplishments?
How do you approach your work?
Look for a businessperson that has a strategy and a team to work with.
How many homes have you closed in the past year?
Look for an agent who is active in your area and knowledgeable in their industry. A good rule of thumb is a minimum of 10-15 transactions. Why settle for less?
What will you do keep me informed?
Do you want daily or weekly reports from your agent? Will the agent be able to meet these expectations? Determine how much communication you want, and then find an agent who will give you the attention and time you want and deserve.
Can you provide me with further resources I may need?
The best agents have built strong relationships with their “Teams” and should be able to recommend professionals with proven track records to help with any issues that may arise.
Can you give me some references from other clients you have worked with?
Don’t be afraid to ask for references. An agent who provides raving fan service and is proud of their work will be happy to provide references.
What is the best way for me to get in touch with you?
You should know exactly how to get through to your agent or assistant.
How will you represent my best interests?
Absolutely do not hire someone that you don’t believe will represent YOUR best interests at all times. Have your agent give you examples of how they represent their client. Remember that finding the home is the easy part, true representation begins when you sign a contract and continues through negotiation and closing. Ask around for horror stories and you will find that they don’t involve the home search BUT after the contract was signed!
There you have it, 8 questions to as any real estate agent you are considering working with. Again, if you'd like a copy of my full guide, comment or message me and I will get it over to you!
Thanks for reading!