IMHO... You need to interview... Yes Interview... some RE Agents... After all... they are going to work for you!
When you feel the vibe may be right between the both of you and you feel can trust each other... Give it a try
All in all you need to feel comfortable with your choice, so do your due dilligence. Your home may be you biggest investment, so take is serious.
If you are willing to work with his lacking, then go with him. His manager should be assisting him anyway. AND, if the office is worth it's salt, he will actually have (depending on the other's experience) hundreds of years of experience between all of the agents. If a special situation comes up, someone will know hot to deal with it.
My particular office has over 350 years experience between the agents their and we all help each other out. As it should be. Remember, every agent starts somewhere. And It's not as if he's new. Just rough around the edges. Perhaps his negotiating skills are still up to par which is much more important than "knowing" areas. As long as he knows where to get the answers, then he should be ok.
On the other hand, if you feel that he is not at all good for you, then you need to do what you need to do. Just let him know that you're bowing out so that he doesn't feel thrown to the curb.
Hope that helps,
Terrence Charest, e-Pro
Of the homes sold across the nation, 20 percent are sold by the owners, without a realtor. Surveys show that the primary reason is money; the sellers wish to save the cost of a realtorâ€™s commission, which usually ranges between five and seven percent of the purchase price of the home. Unfortunately, many of these owners end up regretting their decisions, because it costs them that five-to-seven percent or more due to unexpected pitfalls in the sale.
First, there is a lot involved in the sale of a home. Realtors assist with the before-listing preparation; help you set a starting and deal-killer selling price (the price level you will not accept); setup and hold open houses; set up and coordinate all home inspections and appraisals; and set up and coordinate a real estate attorney and the closing. Realtors market your home to a broad base of interested buyers and other realtors, show your home or coordinate with you for other realtors to show it, negotiate offers, and close the sale. They even coordinate the timing of the sale, when you are buying other property that is dependent upon the sale of your home.
For buyers, realtors first help you to determine just how much you can afford to pay for a home â€” it is generally more than most people believe. They then weed through the myriad of homes that are on the market, matching potential homes to your purchase specifications. They arrange to show the homes to you, assisting in what to look for, what questions to ask, and after-showing discussions with you on possible problems or good points of the home. Realtors assist you in making an appropriate offer. They do all of the negotiations for you, representing your best interests â€” especially important when a seller has a professional representing them. Once your offer is accepted, the realtor may even suggest mortgage lenders and accompany you to your first meeting. Your realtor then works with the sellerâ€™s representative to ensure all inspections, appraisals, title searches, and permitting is properly completed, negotiating for you resolutions to any bad inspections. Again, working with the sellerâ€™s representative, the realtor coordinates a real estate attorney for you, as well as the closing.
Realtors know the right questions to ask â€” it is their job as professionals to keep abreast of the real estate market for their area. They handle any problems that arise, protect you as the buyer or seller, know what to avoid in real estate and during negotiations, and know what is/is not covered by the home warranty of the sale. They also ensure that all compliance and disclosure issues are dealt with properly, making sure that nothing is overlooked that could cause you a legal problem in the future.
Most importantly, a realtor maintains objectivity during an event that can be emotional for both buyers and sellers. Your realtor remains objective during negotiations, executing the best deal possible for you.
To avoid the pitfalls of selling or buying property, use a realtor, who may save you a lot of money in the long run.
Good luck with any decision you make.
Terrence Charest, e-Pro
All you need to do is ask yourself a few questions from what you know through communicating with him;
Will he do all he can to help us sell our home?
Has he the knowledge and experience in our area to give us the best price?
How will he market the property?
There are other questions you need to ask yourself, however these would be the questions I would ask myself. When it comes down to it, it really is the agent that can get it done! I am sure you will make the right decision for you and your family.
Let me know what you decide to do! Good Luck!