What to ask a REALTOR ... and do ASK! While it has to be a comfort factor - once you do hire an agent trust their advice. You should also receive copies of advertisements and internet emails/stats and notification of property showings. Good Luck!
â€¢How long have you been in residential real estate sales? Is it your full-time job? (While experience is no guarantee of skill, real estate, like many other professions, is mostly learned on the job.)
â€¢What types of specific marketing systems and approaches will you use to sell my home? (Look for someone who has aggressive, innovative approaches, not just someone whoâ€™s going to put a sign in the yard and hope for the best.)
â€¢Will you represent me exclusively, or will you represent both the buyer and the seller in the transaction? (While itâ€™s usually legal to represent both parties in a transaction, itâ€™s important to understand where the practitionerâ€™s obligations lie. A good practitioner will explain the agency relationship to you and describe the rights of each party. Itâ€™s also possible to insist that the practitioner represent you exclusively.)
â€¢Can you recommend service providers who can assist me in obtaining a mortgage, making repairs on my home, and other things I need done? (Keep in mind here that real estate professionals should generally recommend more than one provider and should tell you if they receive any compensation from any provider.)
â€¢What type of support and supervision does your brokerage office provide to you? (Having resources, such as in-house support staff, access to a real estate attorney, or assistance with technology, can help a real estate professional sell your home.)
â€¢Whatâ€™s your business philosophy? (While thereâ€™s no right answer to this question, the response will help you assess whatâ€™s important to the real estate practitionerâ€”fast sales, service, etc.â€”and determine how closely the practitionerâ€™s goals and business emphasis mesh with your own.)
â€¢How will you keep me informed about the progress of my transaction? How frequently? Using what media? (Again, this is not a question with a correct answer, but that one reflects your desires. Do you want updates twice a week or donâ€™t want to be bothered unless thereâ€™s a hot prospect? Do you prefer phone, e-mail, or a personal visit?)