How does one go about looking for real estate agents and interviewing them? What should we ask and expect. I

Asked by Lisa, 22948 Tue Apr 1, 2008

would want to have them familar with northern VA Springfield Area, AFTON GLEN community. How soon should we do this if the house will not be able to show until Jul-Aug. Want enough lead time to fix anything up as needed.

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Wythe Shockl…, Agent, Richmond, VA
Wed Apr 2, 2008
If you do not know a realtor.. call the larger companies. Long and Foster is very prominent throughout Virginia and has a history of great service and committment. You will know if the realtor will be working on your behalf based on the initial meeting and presentation. Go with your gut on picking the person. Call me and I will do the research to find a Long and Foster Agent up there to work with you and has experience in selling houses in your area. I am an agent with Long and Foster in Richmond. This is a good time to start. July will be here before you know it! Good Luck and Good Question
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Unrealseller, Home Seller, Hoboken, NJ
Tue Apr 1, 2008
I did all these and more and it's still not easy.

I ask how long they were a realtor and what they did before becoming one. Previous life backgrounds can give you an insight into how they might think and other skills they might pull in to the game.

Also - exactly how will they use the internet to help market your home.

Pin them down on questions like Keith listed - don't take an ambiguous answer or accept a piece of paper slapped in your face with "this is what we do".
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Keith Sorem, Agent, Glendale, CA
Tue Apr 1, 2008
I would ask them these questions:
1. What can you do for me to sell my home for top dollar that no one else can?
2. What is the absorption rate in my area for my home? The number of homes on the market divided by the number of homes sold in the last 30 days.
3. What is the list price to sale price ratio for my area?
4. How can I squeeze the most profit out of my home?
5. I need a Realtor that is an excellent negotiator. Prove to me you can negotiate?
6. Where do buyers come from? What will you do if we get a low offer after ten days on the market?
7. What can I do to fix up my house to help net more?
8. See if they ask Where you are going and when you need to be there. You only want to move once.
This should be a great start.
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trulia, , 03063
Tue Apr 1, 2008
Hi Lisa,
One good way is to google the town that you are looking to buy a home in for "real estate for sale" in that town. Usually you will be given some choices of websites to search for listings on that are locat agents sites. You can then send them an email and ask them some basic questions about how long they have been in the business, what they specialize in, how they go about working with buyers and sellers and if you can have a meeting with them to get to know them a bit to see if you would like to work with them. Getting a referral from a friend of coworker who has recently sold their home or bought a home is one of the best ways thought because they have first hand knowledge of so meone who they have already worked with. Buying and selling a home is a huge decision and you need to have a comfort level as well as a sense of trust and confidence in your agent that you usually can only get from a face to face meeting. When you have them to your home they can give you ideas of what you need to do before you put your home on the market to help maximize the price you will receive and reduce the market time.
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Larry Story, Agent, Greensboro, NC
Tue Apr 1, 2008
Lisa, you can look at signs but that will give you the listing agents in the area. That doesn't mean they can sell the homes. I would speak with your neighbors and everyone you can in the area and ask for their referrals. Then you can interview those agents. As far as your interview, ask them how are they going to market your home to make it stand out againest the other homes in the area and sell it not just list it. Also ask them what the actual marketing plan will be, how many websites is your home going to be on and how are the targeting the buyers. Not knowing the particulars of your home and neighborhood I could not give specific advice since I tailor my sellers home depending on the home. Each plan is customized.

You sound like you are on the right track knowing that you have things to fix and get ready to sell it. But, also maybe interview and decide on the agent before you finish just in case they have some additional insight for you.

If you do like I am with Coldwell Banker and can refer one of the top agents in the area for you to interview. Through our relocation service an agent has to be experienced, fully trained, and certified before they can even start taking referral business. It might not even be a Coldwell Banker agent but just one from the Realology family which includes; Coldwell Banker, ERA, Century21, Southby's just to name a few. So the top agents in the area are the ones allowed to take referrals.

If you have any questions just drop me a line or post another question.

Take care and good luck,

Larry Story
Coldwell Banker Triad
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Matthew Bunt…, , Killeen, TX
Tue Apr 1, 2008
Hi Lisa, take drive around your area and write down the Realtor's information and contact them to see if anyone will responed to your inquiry. If contacted by the Realtor's lisiting home for sale in your area setup a scheduled appointment to interview with three or more Realtors. Here's a few questions to ask: How many homes have you sold in 2007/2008? Do you have buyer/seller references we can call.? Are you and your company members of the Multiple Lisiting Service, Do you have virtual tours on your lisitings? Do you have a assisitant? offer some very valuable information for buyers and sellers and can assist you in finding a Realtor in your local real estate.
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Glenda Cherry, Agent, Herndon, VA
Tue Apr 1, 2008
Lisa, take a drive through your area and jot down the names and phone numbers of agents who currently have listings in your neighborhood. Call these agents and select the first three who call you back (you don't want to deal with an agent who can't return calls promptly). You should also Google them to find their web sites (each agent should have at least one web site). Interview at least three agents and ask them some tough questions. For a list of questions to ask, Google "questions to ask a listing agent". If I can provide you with additional information (or recommend a good agent in Springfield), please let me know.
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Charles Walt…, , 47715
Tue Apr 1, 2008
All you have to do is e-mail or call me and I will make sure that you get one of the top agents in your area. I can turn in your contact information and it is that simple. The agents I network with are the top ones in the area.
It is best to get a home inspection right away and do the repairs now.
Chuck Walter
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