FEB 14, 2023
Before making the decision to sell or buy, you've probably considered whether it's the right move for you to hire an agent to facilitate the transaction. While deciding which agent to use, you should think about asking them the following questions to interview them:
Besides verifying whether the agent has more experience as a buyer's or seller's agent, understanding the price point and home type that they specialize in will give you a better understanding of whether or not you're a good fit both ways. For example, an agent that specializes in luxury homes and clients won't really have the best grasp of the process if you're just looking for a starter home and may end up wasting time for everyone involved.
Real estate has exploded as an attractive 'side hustle' in the last few years with an over supply of new agents entering the market every year. Although there are a lot of part-time agents that can manage their responsibilities well, full-time agents will typically have more experience and transactions under their belt which leads to a bigger knowledge pool for them to draw from.
Before hiring any professional, you typically will do enough research to ensure that they're worth the price you have to pay. Although online reviews and testimonials are great, there's no greater resource than tapping into the agent's already existing client base. Agent's that are on top of their game will have no issue providing references and may even encourage it, as they know how strong a referral business model can be.
Since there's an over supply of real estate agents across the country, a lot of agents don't have the business acumen to know how to develop a strategy to meet their client's needs. Unfortunately, this leads to a whole lot of 'spray & pray' when it comes to viewing homes and scheduling showings/open-houses. A good agent will know that the best way to approach your goals is to first understand your needs & style, and then come up with a unique strategy that works with your journey.
This content is meant for informational purposes only and is not intended to be construed as financial, tax, legal, or insurance advice.