Interview Questions to Ask Your Realtor Before Buying
Whenever an employer hires someone new, they don’t call in the first resume they see and get them to start working right away. Instead, they interview the candidate first to see if their credentials fit the job, and if their personality is the right fit for the team. In the same way, you don’t want any Realtor working for you without ensuring they’re the right one for you. After all, your home buying experience will only be as good as the Realtor you hire.
Included below are key questions to help you ensure you hire the right Realtor.
1. Is real estate your full-time career or a part-time job?
Buying a home can be a time consuming process, especially when you already have a job, family, and other responsibilities. It’s important that your Realtor is available when you need them. A part-time agent who has other job commitments is less likely to provide prompt service like a full-time agent can.
2. How do you determine which homes match our wants and needs?
Great Realtors have systems or questionnaires in place to determine what homes match your wants and needs. You can expect a great Realtor to ask about your price range, preferred neighborhoods, square footage, and other specific features to help narrow their search. In most cases, once we’ve identified your wants and needs, we usually only have to show you 10 homes or less until you’ve found the right one. Thankfully that saves you time and unnecessary stress when compared to looking at 20+ homes and still feeling like you haven’t found the right one.
3. Do you have a list of trustworthy professionals you can recommend to me?
A great Realtor will have several professional contacts to help improve the probability of a smooth purchase. Because we work with mortgage specialists, lawyers, home inspectors, and other professionals on an ongoing basis, we can recommend top industry experts who’ve been proven to deliver excellence and integrity to clients.
4. Can you provide me with references or testimonials from past clients?
Every Realtor should be able to provide you with a handful of testimonials so that you know how good of a job they’ve done for past clients. Character and integrity come a lot easier when things run well, but then they get tested when unforeseen complications arise. What did the agent do to help make things right for past clients? Having proof that they stand by their clients builds your trust that they will support you if anything unexpected occurs for you along the way.
5. Why should we work with you?
This can be a challenging question for any Realtor. It’s especially difficult if the agent doesn’t have a strong belief in their ability, ongoing training, and confidence to do their job well. These intangibles take time to build; along with added thought and discipline to develop what core values they live and work by. As Realtors we don’t have a tangible product to help ‘sell’ ourselves. What we sell (houses), every other agent also has access to. Therefore, when choosing a Realtor, you need to know how confident and comfortable you feel that they’re the right person to work with.
If you’re about to embark on possibly the greatest investment you’ll ever make, wouldn’t you want to ensure you’ve got a great Realtor working for you? This decision alone can and will make the difference for you to right home and at the right price to help protect and grow your family’s future.
If you’re planning to buy or sell a home and don’t already have a local professional Realtor working for you, give us a call. It is always our highest honour to serve you!
Jason Rustand with RE/MAX Real Estate serves with the highest level of integrity and excellence every time. For more info on this topic or others related to real estate contact LIKE our Jason Rustand Team Facebook page, call Jason direct at 780.980.2828, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit WeSellLeduc.com.
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