Buying or selling your home is a big decision, and you want to make sure you are working with someone that you trust. It is recommended for this reason that you interview a realtor before you decide to hire them to assist you.
First you want to find a realtor who is local to the area you are buying or selling in, as they will know the area. Ask them about the area, how many houses they are selling in the area, and about the features. If you have already done some of this research, you can see if they confirm what you already know. Making notes is a good idea if you are going to interview more than one realtor.
Ask them for the names of satisfied customers, and call them for a recommendation. The flip side to this is asking people you know and trust if they can recommend anyone to you.
How do you feel with this person? It isn’t always about their knowledge, but do you feel comfortable with the realtor during the interview process? Do they seem to understand you and what you are looking for and wanting?
Ask questions about them and their experience and background. This includes things such as:
– How long have you been selling real estate?
– How many listings do they currently have on the market?
– What is their sales ratio?
– Will I be working exclusively with you or a team?
– Why should I pick you over your competition?
– Will they help you locate other professionals you may need – inspectors, brokers?
Ask them for the names of customers, and call them for a recommendation. If they hesitate on giving you this information, this could be a bad sign in that they haven’t had satisfied customers. Make sure to follow up on the names given.
How do you feel with this person? It isn’t always about their knowledge, but do you feel comfortable with the realtor during the interview process? Do they seem to understand you, and what you are looking for and wanting?
Overall, it is up to you if you want to hire them after you are done with the interview. Don’t be afraid to interview more than one realtor, as you need to be comfortable with them as they are helping you with what is likely to be the largest purchase of your life.