Here are some questions that I recommend asking someone you're considering hiring as your listing agent:
â€¢ How many homes, of my type, have you sold? (recently, 6 mos, 1 year, 5 years)
â€¢ How many of your listings have "canceled" or "expired" in the last 12 months?
What is your list / sale ratio? (ie: you listed for $300,000, but how much did it end up selling for?... and what's your "average"?)
â€¢ What is your average "days on market" (how long do your properties stay on the market before selling).
â€¢ What is your marketing plan for my home? (get it in writing) does it include internet (which sites?), do you offer multiple photos, virtual tours, color brochures.
â€¢ Do you conduct open houses (why / why not / how often?)
â€¢ What listing price do your recommend (why / how did you arrive at that / do you have the comps to back that up?... do you have a "quick sale" price, and a normal sale price")
â€¢ What is your plan if I'm not under contract in 30 days / 60 days / 90 days ...etc.... (reduction schedule?)
â€¢ Why should I hire you? What do you bring to the table that's different than the myriad of other agents out there who want my listing.
â€¢ Will you offer a reduced commission (why / why not?)
â€¢ Are you a full-time agent? (this might, or might not be important to you).
â€¢ Do you practice dual-agency?(or whatever it is in your state where the agent represents both the buyer and the seller) (why / why not?)
â€¢ What do you think of Agent A and Agent B (the two other agents you're interviewing... this is optional)
â€¢ Are you planning any upcoming vacations or are you going to be unavailable, and who is your back-up when you're gone?
â€¢ What weekly communication can I expect from you, and how will you contact me... (phone, e-mail, texting?)
â€¢ What do you think of my property... what are the positives and negatives that might impact it's sale... what (if any) updates or repairs should I make in order to sell?
â€¢ Are there any questions, that you think I should have asked you, that I didn't?