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Top Questions To Ask Your Real Estate Agent
Buying and selling a home or piece of property can be an overwhelming experience for anyone. With the help of an experienced and thoughtful real estate agent, the whole process can be so much simpler. When it comes time for you to buy or sell a home, and you're looking for the right real estate agent to help you do it, here are some of the top questions you should ask. There are over 2 million real estate agents in the United States, so asking these basic questions will help you find the perfect agent match.
What sets you apart from other agents?
This is a way to find out about how long they've been in business, what their strengths are, and what their fees are. You aren't just hiring someone to mow the lawn or clean your home, this is a large transaction for both parties - you want to make sure you set it up right from the beginning.
Can I get references from your last few deals?
Rather than just a laundry list of A+ testimonials, the last few deals completed by the agent may give you a better idea of their overall work. Ask the references about their experiences from the beginning to end. Compare prices of other homes that sold in the neighborhood - were these a good deal for the buyer and seller?
How many homes have you sold in the area during the last year?
This is just another way to see how well this agent might handle your transaction. If they've sold a lot of homes over the past year, they're most likely well versed in the current market and can guide you in the right direction. This is also a great way to gauge how well they know the neighborhood and area where you're looking to buy or sell.
How will we communicate and how often?
Many agents email and text with their clients. If that doesn't work for you, it's good to figure out this situation up front. Decide on a preferred method of communication and the best time to communicate.
Do you tell it like it is?
This is an important question because many buyers and sellers have a price in their heads, but that price doesn't necessarily match the home they're planning to buy or sell. A good agent will be upfront and honest with their clients about selling prices and a home's actual value. Good agents won't be afraid to have a tough conversation if it's necessary.
In the end, it comes down to the agent that you feel comfortable working with. Ask your friends, family, and neighbors for referrals. The right agent is out there, but do your due diligence in finding the one that best meets your needs.
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