However. The best questions to ask are the ones for which the answers are most important to you. Most people would like to know that their agent has time for them, has sufficient knowledge to help them find the best property for them, and that their agent actually believes that they can find a suitable property in the buyer's price range!
As for all the other possibilities I've heard proffered - web presence, experience, having a team or not, being with a big company or small, being a top producer or a selective practitioner - ultimately, what's important to you may not be important to other buyers.
I firmly believe that great clients make great agents, and that the best agents have a sufficient repertoire of skills that they use, selectively, for each individual client's needs.
Hope this helps,
I am a 13 year veteran real estate agent. If I were you I would want to ask the questions listed below, but you should really take a bit of time and make sure you get good vibes from whomever you decide to work with. You also need an agant that is homest enough to tell you "no" when the answer is no. Does he or she listen to you? Do they understand what you are looking for? This is an important realtionship and like any other, you need to kind of feel each other out before you go forward. Check FREC for complaints against the agent.
You always want a win-win deal. Can you agent put ninety cents out of a dollar in your pocket and make the other side feel good about the dime they received?
Also, you get what you pay for so keep your eye on the prize.
1 How long in the business?
2 Computer savy?
3 Connected to related services? (insurance, inspectors etc).
4 Volume of business on average.
5 Is this a job or a business attitude
6 Is the agent a REALTOR?
I am happy to chat with you on this or any other real estate matter if you deem appropriate.
Call me at 239-246-6639 or e-mail me at email@example.com
Thank you and good luck!
Kevin Cloutier, Realtor
Residential & Commercial
Southern Premier Realty
1716 Cape Coral Pkwy W
Cape Coral, FL 33914
I am thrilled that you are interested in getting in on the investment property at the best prices in the last 28 years that I have lived here. Most of my clients, like yourself are from out of the state and are very skeptical of this market and how they will be able to manage a purchase long distance. That's were I come in. The first step is having that easy feeling that I would be watching out for your best interest with due diligence in every aspect of the negotiation process. I will set you up with your private access to the Florida Gulfcoast MLS with your own password. You will be sent daily updates and my recommendations to your search criteria and be able to send me messages. That leads to the next step: Having easy access to the product and hands on with your agent. My clients know that when they call me I will take time with them as their questions arise and when action needs to be taken quick I am a phone call or text message away. The next question would be regarding your time frame and making sure your agent is available to show property and at what length are they willing to go to find you the best property that meets your buying criteria at the best price within the guidelines you set up. Some of my clients have given me weeks in advance notice and some I have taken them out the same day they called and said they were in town. When I have your time then you have my time no matter if you want to look at 5 or 15 in a day. Some agents will limit your viewing to 3 or 4 homes and expect you to know what area you want your next dream home to be in.
Most importantly you need an agent that isn't loaded down with dozens of foreclosures and short sales that will keep he or she so wrapped that your buying needs are over looked or they push what they have to sell onto you, bypassing some of the other terrific bargains to be had in SW Florida. That is why I make the entire MLS available to you at http://www.swfloridahomebuyer.listingbook.com.
It is now your move into the direction of home shopping with the right agent and the best test now is to call a few and see if they answer their phone. I trueIy hope you will find the right realtor that is willing to give you honest advice treating your purchase as if it were their own.
I would be pleased to tell you about some of my experiences with foreclosures and short sales and how I have hand-held them to closing for my clients as far away as Germany, Tel Aviv, Iowa City, Rochester NY, Missouri, Wisconsin and Michigan.
The realtors job is to put your mind at ease so that this is a great experience and you don't have to worry about all the details. In other words, "they've got your back".
Sarah Garrett, Realtor
ALLIANCE REALTY GROUP
"Chosen Best in Client Satisfaction" by Gulfshore Life Magazine 2006-2010
I would love to talk with you about how I can help. I have lived in Ft Myers since '96 and have been a full time agent since 2002. Give me a call and lets see if we can work well together.