Homebuyers: Here Are 6 Questions You Need to Ask Your Real Estate Agent
If you’re ready to buy a home and you’re searching for the right real estate agent, don’t just hire the first agent you talk to! It’s ok (and encouraged) to chat with a few agents so you can find the one that’s right for you.
Here are a few questions you can ask a real estate agent when you’re deciding whether or not to work with them:
1. What neighborhoods do you typically work in?
If an agent specializes in a neighborhood, they’re more likely to be tuned in to local happenings that can affect where you’ll be living and how your home will appreciate.
2. How long have you been a real estate agent, and how many buyers have you helped over the years?
For this one, quality is much more important than quantity. If an agent has been in real estate for 20 years but only does it as a part-time job, you might very well be better off with the agent who only have 3 years of experience but has been immersed in the recent market and working full-time.
3. How do you usually communicate with your clients?
If you prefer talking on the phone but your agent is more of a texting person, then you need to know up front about what to expect. Will they email you home listings they think you might like? Will you always meet in person?
4. Can I have a few references?
Ask for contact info for their previous clients so you can get a reference, just like an employer would for any person they were considering hiring. Ask the reference about their experience.
5. Do you have time to work with me?
Make sure that an agent has ample time to devote to helping you find a home. If an agent doesn’t have time to work with you, then they should refer you to another agent.
6. What type of support do you have?
Is the agent part of a team, or a partnership? Does their brokerage offer them support? Will you ever be communicating with an assistant? Get this information upfront so you know if it will work for you. You don’t want to start with an agent then get surprised when they hand you off to their partner!
7. What questions do you have for me?
A real estate agent should always have questions for you! There’s a lot to cover if you’re meeting or chatting for the first time, and they also need to figure out if you’re a good match for them.