People often ask me, “How do I hire a great agent?” Today I’ll give you a list of questions to put to any potential agent before you hire them.
All too often, people ask me how they can hire a great agent to assist with all their real estate needs. Today I’ll share them with you.
The first question you should ask any prospective agent is, “Are you a Realtor?”
This question is important because being a real estate agent and being a Realtor are two very different things. You should be looking for a Realtor; we are held to a higher standard than regular agents and we take a lot more educational courses to become licensed. A Realtor is a professional in the field who may be able to represent you better than a regular agent.
The second question to ask is, “Do you work full-time?”
When you’re hiring someone to represent you in the biggest transaction of your life, it’s important to know that this person does their job over and over again on a regular basis. A full-time agent is more likely to be skilled at their craft than someone who only works part-time. You wouldn’t hire an open-heart surgeon for your procedure if they didn’t do open-heart surgery regularly, would you? The same goes for real estate agents.
The third question you should ask an agent, especially if you’re a seller, is, “Do you hire a professional photographer?”
Buyers fall in love with homes online before they fall in love with homes in person. It wouldn’t be doing you any favors by cutting corners and taking amateur photos of your house, so be sure to look for an agent who understands the value of professional photography and will invest the money to make sure your home looks as spectacular as it is in real life.
Fourth, “How do you market and promote your listings?”
If you’re going to pay an agent commission for their services, you want to know that they have a strong plan in place that is proven to help sell homes on time and for the maximum amount possible.
Finally, ask a prospective agent or Realtor where you can find reviews on their services.
It’s important to note that there are tons of online websites that provide third-party reviews on real estate agents. Take a look at a few of those websites in their entirety to see what others have said about the agent’s level of service—not just the paid platforms that agents use to generate business.
I could honestly make an entire video to explore each one of the questions I discussed today, so if you’d like to talk about them more in detail, or if you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out to me. I’d love to speak with you.