5 Questions to Ask Your Real Estate Agent Before Moving Forward
Posted: December 14, 2017
Picking a real estate agent is simple, right? There are ads everything, images on each “for sale sign” and they all have the same qualifications…at least that would be easy to assume.
That’s not always the case.
Before you jump to work with the first agent you find online, take the time to consider – and ask – the following questions. Your real estate agent could make the difference between a smooth sale or purchase (or both!) and is responsible for helping to move the many processes involved in buying or selling a home forward efficiently. As such, extensive experience and knowledge are important!
1. How familiar are you with the area I’m looking to buy?
Familiarity with a specific region is important, especially if you’re not from the area. A real estate agent that has spent time in the area and worked with others moving in or out of the area can provide information on school districts, local activities, traffic patterns and more.
The purchase of a home is not something to be taken lightly; be sure your real estate agent understands the area in which you’re looking to move.
2. Do you have relationships with builders in the area/can you advise on the new home building process?
Building a new home often has many advantages over purchasing an existing home. If you haven’t made up your mind as to which path you’d like to pursue, it’s a good idea to make sure your real estate agent is comfortable moving forward in either direction.
3. Would you share a few references with me?
A real estate agent should be happy to share references of past customers with you. Be sure you take the time to follow up, to ask questions and to be sure you feel comfortable moving forward. Doing your homework is important!
4. Are you confident you can help me find a home that meets my needs?
Your agent should understand your specific needs as an individual or family. Not everyone is looking for the same home. Ask your potential agent whether he or she feels confident in helping you find a home that checks off your needs list!
5. Trust your instincts.
Okay, this one isn’t a question. But, your instincts matter. After talking to your potential real estate agent, do you feel comfortable moving forward? Was communication straightforward and easy? Do you feel like the relationship could be positive? Developing a level of comfort with your agent is absolutely critical for moving forward.
If you’re ready to purchase a new home, I’d love to talk with you about options, and how I could help facilitate the process. Contact me today to get started!