Whether you are a first time home buyer or an existing home owner looking to buy or sell, it is very important for the consumer to know how to select a Realtor, and you can do this in several ways; research online, and in person by way of speaking with their family members, friends, and colleagues about their personal experiences of working with a Realtor when they bought their first home or sold it. Many times, our clients are referred to their Realtors through their trusted network of friends.
Most importantly, you should be interviewing the real estate professional so you know how to select a Realtor.
Some questions that can be asked from your potential Realtor are:
1) How many years have you been working in the real estate industry as a licensed Realtor?
2) What is your area of specialty in real estate?
3) What is your geographical coverage? You want to make sure you work with someone who knows the city, town, neighbourhood, or village that you are looking to buy in.
4) Ask the Realtor if they can provide you with any references from past clients.
5) You can also ask to see the Realtors portfolio of homes he or she had sold in the past.
6) How are you planning to advertise and sell my home in the market place?
7) Why should I work with you instead of your competitor?
8) Are there any fee’s in working with you?
9) Do I have to sign a contract to exclusively work with you, or can I go somewhere else if I am not satisfied with your service?
6) [you can ask yourself the following questions]
(a) How many listings does the Realtor have currently?
(b) Does the Realtor have a professional presence online, such as a web site, and social media feeds?
(c) When meeting in person with the Realtor what is her or his attitude and demeanor towards your interest in buying a home?
(d) Perform an online search of the Realtors name to see if any positive or negative results in the way of good or bad reviews / comments are said about the individual.
(e) Call the Real Estate Board in which the Realtor is part of and check with them to see if the Realtor is in good standing or not.