I recently talked about what a real estate agent can do that you can't
and how to pick the perfect one for you
. Now, as you begin to identify possible agent candidates, here are a few questions that you should ask to help narrow down the field.10 Questions to ask:
- What percentage of your clients are buyers (vs. sellers)?
- In which neighborhoods do you primarily work?
- Will I be working with you directly or handed off to anyone else other than you? In other words, will you handle all aspects of my transaction or will you delegate some tasks to a sales associate or administrative assistant?Â A knowledgeable assistant can be invaluable, but you want to make sure you can connect with your agent regularly.Â
- Do you work full-time or part-time as a real estate agent?
- How many homes have you closed in my neighborhood?
- How many other buyers are you representing now? How many sellers?Â Hint: the busiest agents often are the most efficient.
- Is your license in good standing?Â You should check an agentâ€™s certification yourself with your stateâ€™s Department of Real Estate. Many states provide this information online. For example, in California residents may check at http://www2.dre.ca.gov/PublicASP/pplinfo.asp.Â
- How many years of education and experience do you have?Â Experience and continuing education typically make for better agents.
- Are you also a broker and/or a Realtor or an agent?Â
- Can you provide me with the names and phone numbers of past clients who have agreed to be references?Â Insights from past customers can help you learn more about an agent and give you a greater comfort level.