Questions to ask a REALTOR before listing your home

Posted by Matthew Lahti on Friday, April 26th, 2013 at 12:02pm

Most people do not buy or sell their homes very often.  When it comes to managing a real estate transaction, there are a lot of specifics that a good REALTOR can assist with.  A great REALTOR can make the experience of buying or selling a home go much smoother.   When its time for you to find a real estate agent to sell your home, we recommend that you talk to a few candidates, and find a person that you can work with and that you have confidence in.  Here are a few things to ask a REALTOR before signing the contract.

Are you a full-time REALTOR?  How long have you been a REALTOR? – There are many capable part-time REALTORS that are new at the job, but as with any profession, the longer someone has been doing a job, the better they get.  If you find a less experienced REALTOR that you like, ask if they have a team of people to turn to for guidance on more difficult situations.

Will you show the property to agents from another company? – There are many companies that have offices within every geographical area, and potential buyers will be working with all of them.  Make sure your REALTOR will work with agents from other companies.

Do you have references? – Selecting someone to help you sell your home is a big decision, and it is perfectly acceptable to call a few references.   

Do you have a team? -  Many REALTORS have assistants.  This is fine and may be a help to you in getting prompt answers to your questions.  If this is the case, have the REALTOR introduce you to their assistants, and find out who will be taking care of each aspect of the home sale.

At Pacific Northwest Realty Group, we have a team of REALTORS with experience in this area.  Please contact us for help with listing your home.

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