Dec 11, 2017

Questions to Ask a Real Estate Agent

Questions to Ask A Real Estate Agent

Buying and selling a home are milestones in your life. Make sure you’re taking that journey with the right person! There are several questions to ask a real estate agent, to be sure you’re on the same page and have the same goals in mind. Here are some things to consider and talk about with real estate agents, until you find the perfect fit.

  • Is the Realtor or real estate agent from the area they sell in? How long have they been there? Although that’s not crucial that they are from or live near the area, they will have a better grasp of the ins and outs of the neighborhoods if they are.
  • Have they always been in real estate? Find out their background. Is real estate just a side job or full-time gig? You’ll learn a lot about their professionalism and qualifications beyond the basics by learning more about their past careers. If they were in the military for a time before entering real estate, for example, this could be a great indicator of integrity, dedication and attention to detail.
  • What do they sell? Are they commercial and residential specialists? Do they focus more on houses or condos? Finding someone that’s seasoned in selling the type of real estate you want will make a big difference! If you’re in the market for a duplex, you may want a real estate agent that has sold a lot of them.
  • Can they respect your budget? Many Realtors and real estate agents will show you places under, within and over your budget. If you don’t have any wiggle room, ask them if they can only show you property under or just within your budget. 
  • Can they offer a great home warranty? Your real estate agent can get you in touch with Fixd Repair and help you on your way to the best home warranty plan possible. If they don’t introduce you to a Fixd Home Warranty, make sure you tell them about it!
  • What percentage of their clients are sellers vs buyers? Some real estate professionals can juggle the selling and buying aspects perfectly. If they sound confident, and have a great track record, this might not matter. But if more of their clients are sellers, when you’re a buyer, you might want to find an agent better suited for your needs. 
  • How many other clients do you currently have? Their response might not matter much to you, but consider a few things.  First, the busier the successful real estate agent is, the more efficient they probably are. In other words, they might not have as much one on one time for you, but they will get you what you need. If personal relationships are important, think about contacting an agent with fewer clients.
  • Is their license in good standing? Even if they are willing to discuss their track record, current updates and license information, you can always double check at Texas Real Estate Commission. There, you’ll see if it’s in good standing, or they have continuing education requirements that need to be met.
  • Are you a homeowner? Most real estate agents own their own home. Talk to them about their experience in their own purchase, and you may find some comforting common ground.
  • Will they provide past client referrals? Some clients will agree to become a referral for their agent. Getting insight from past sellers or buyers will help you become more comfortable with your agent and learn as much as you can about the experience you might have.

The more you know about your real estate agent, the better your experience will be. You may realize they aren’t a good fit for your needs. You may also decide they are the perfect agent for you! Ask questions, and don’t be afraid to get a little personal. Selling or buying a house is a big deal, so the person guiding you through the process should be a great fit! You may also want to read How to Find the Right Real Estate Agent for You!