To get an even better idea of how to select the right listing agent, here are three more questions you need to ask before hiring one.
Selecting the right agent to represent you in your home sale means choosing one who, in addition to having good statistics, also has a good personal rapport with you.
Here are three questions that will help you decide whether you’ll be able to work with an agent on a more personal level:
1. “Who do you have to help us succeed?” In other words, do they work on their own or do they have a team behind them? Also, do they have handymen or contractors they can refer you to? There’s no right or wrong answer to this question, but it helps to know what kind of process to expect. This will also help you gauge what kind of process you’re comfortable with. For example, would you prefer working with an agent who handles everything themselves or one who has specialists for each task of the process?
"You should work with an agent who does more to get their listings sold than simply sticking a sign in the yard and hoping for success."
2. “What will you do to get my home sold?” Remember, agents are typically independent contractors, so they’ll likely have their own marketing program and budget, and you need to get a sense of how they’ll market your property. Again, there’s no right or wrong answer to this, but you need to know so there are no misunderstandings between the two of you. You don’t want to be three weeks into a contract when you find out your agent isn’t doing what you expected them to do.
3. “How will you handle it if I’m not happy with your services?”Nobody wants to think that this will happen, but it’s a question that should be broached at the very beginning. You’re signing a contract with this person to list your home with them for a specific amount of time, so if you’re unhappy with their service, you need to know if you’ll be able to break the contract and how much that will cost.
These questions will keep you on the right track to finding the perfect agent. If you have any more questions about this or any other real estate topic, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to help you.