Best of All,
1) How long have you been doing real estate?
2) How many homes do you sell each year?
3) Do you work with first time home-buyers? When was your last transaction with a first time home-buyer.
Did they ask you when you contacted them IF you had spoken to a lender?
How many buyers are they currently working with? Do they have time and attention to give you?
So many...but a good start.
Some questions to consider asking could be:
-What is your working availability and how easy are you to get in touch with?
-What are your skills and weakness as a realtor that set you apart from other agents in this area?
-May I view your references?
It may also be useful to find out if you can terminate your contract at any time, just in case they aren't the right agent for you. Most agents are more than willing to allow that, considering they should be trying their hardest to keep you satisfied.
Hope this helps!
What loan do they recommend
Are there any tax credits for first time home buyers
What grants and assistance does MI offer
What is most important is that you know the answers to these questions before you ask them. The loan officer and lender you choose is a critical choice.
For instance the MCC Tax Credit for First Time Home Buyers is a better tax benefit for most people than the big $8000 credit offered in 2009. I am continually receiveing emails from first time home buyers explaining their loan officer did not tell them about the credit. One person discoverd the credit after her loan closed. The filling must me completed before the closing so she cant use the MCC.
An article that will serve yu well is, Consultation Interviewing Loan Officers, at Your Road Home.com
You will also find a number of articles about the various loan types, grants and assistance for first time home buyers. Also article #9 about the MCC Tax Credit. After you gather up all of the objective information you can find, Trulia is also a good source of information, you will find loan officers and agents from your area offering their services on Trulia.
Best of Luck Stephen Webber
Kathy Persha, Broker
GRI, CDPE, SFR, CIAS
Nextage Advanced Realty
How and with what will they support you in your decision (market knowledge, job experience, team/office support)?
Where is their focus in real estate? Do they have resources tailored to new buyers?