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When you choose a Realtor, you need to make sure that your expectations match their approach. There are lots to choose from, and Joanna helps distinguish them for you!
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Ask the right questions!
When meeting with potential realtors, here are some great questions to ask to figure out if they’re right for you!
How long have you been in business?
A newly licensed agent can do a wonderful job and will have up-to-date training. Those who have been in business longer bring more practical experience to the table, in addition to up-to-date training
What is the average sale-to-list ratio/ days on market (DOM)?
A listing agent should hold a track record for negotiating sales prices that are very close to list prices and be able to provide DOM stats. Beware of anyone whose sale-to-list ratios are consistently higher than 101%. This usually means they are listing their homes below market value so they sell faster, leaving equity in the home for the buyers.
How will your marketing plan meet my needs?
Specifically, how will you sell my home? Where and how often do you advertise? Will you show me a sample flyer? How do you market online? All of these are examples of questions you can ask to learn more about an agent’s marketing technique.
Will you provide references?
Ask if any of the references are related to the agent. Ask if you can call their references with additional questions.
What separates you from your competition?
A good agent should be able to tell you what value they bring to the table.
What services do you provide?
Is your agent helping you get a house in top shape and making your experience pleasant? Or simply putting a sign on the lawn and waiting for a colleague to bring a buyer?
May I review documents that I will be asked to sign?
A good agent makes forms available to you before you are required to sign them. Ask to see the agency disclosure listing agreement and the seller disclosure sheet.
What if I’m unhappy with the service?
If you sign a listing agreement with the agent and later find that you are unhappy with the arrangement, will the agent let you cancel the agreement?
How will you communicate with me?
You should expect frequent communications and should know which communication preference you have. E.g. phone, email, etc… Will they respect your preferences?
Can you help me find other professionals?
Your agent may be able to provide a list of service providers who can help with things such as home inspections, staging, renovations, and legal and financial advice. Get an explanation if you see the term ‘affiliated’. It could mean that agent is receiving compensation from the vendors.