6 Questions to ask BEFORE hiring a Realtor

When you are ready to sell or purchase property, you’ll want a Realtor to help with the process.  But how do you know which Realtor will be best to work with?  To help you select the best Realtor for your needs, here’s a few questions to ask:


  1. What top 3 things separate you from your competition?  Most Realtors are pretty good at selling themselves on how many transactions they’ve completed and how much volume they’ve sold, but what truly separates them from their competition?  Ask what they do to help you buy or sell vs what other agents in the market do.  If you’re selling, you want someone who has a unique and solid market strategy.  If you are buying, you want someone who listens well and can help guide you through from start to finish.
  2. Can you provide me with references from previous clients?  A Realtor should be more than willing to provide you with solid references.  Take some time to give the clients a call and find out how their experience went.  A great Realtor will have no trouble getting this information for you.
  3. How often will I hear from you? How do you like to communicate?  One of the biggest complaints that clients have about working with a Realtor is the lack of communication. To avoid disappointment or frustration, ask your Realtor these questions so you have a better understanding of when and how you will hear from them.  Also let them know the best way to contact you.  With all of the technology available to us today, there are many ways to reach out.  What works best for you?  Text? Email? Or, a good old fashioned phone call.  Set those expectations upfront. 
  4. Who is on your team?  Will I be hearing from people other than you?  Not all Realtor’s have a team, but some do have office help.  It is nice to know if you will be hearing from other people in addition to your Realtor.  At Edge of the Wilderness Realty, we have an AWESOME Office Manager that will reach out to clients to assist with gathering paperwork, setting up showings, and such.  We have a very TEAM focused office so if your Realtor has an emergency or has to go out of town for a few days, rest assured that we have back-up.  It is nice to know that your sale or purchase is handled by a team of folks.  
  5. How long have you been in business?  What’s been your most satisfying sale?  Experience is important but so is success.  A newer Realtor can be a great asset to your real estate transactions because of the energy and enthusiasm.  If you “click” with a new agent, ask about their support network?  Do they have a broker that is available for questions and able to assist if needed?  I’ve been very fortunate during my first year at Edge of the Wilderness Realty to have not one, but three brokers that are available.  Not to mention, a wonderful team of Realtors that brainstorms together, assist each other, and celebrate each other’s success.  Don’t discount the newer agent; they can bring a lot to the table for you.
  6. How can we best work together? Let’s face it, Real Estate transactions are a Team Effort.  A Realtor should be willing to express that by not only telling you what they are going to do for you, but also how you can help.  For sellers it might be better staging your home or improving curb appeal.  For a buyer it will be mean working your lender so you are pre-approved for a mortgage and putting together your list of “must-have’s” in your new home.  


About all, when you are choosing a Realtor, you should feel comfortable with them.  You’ll be spending time with this person so that connection is important.