Important Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring a Real Estate Agent


Buying or selling a home is a major decision that cannot be taken in a fraction of seconds. Therefore, it is essential to do some researches and find the right representative. Are you ready to buy or sell a home? But you lack knowledge! It would be best to take guidance from a real estate professional that can help you with the process.

You can contact several real estate agents, but before relying on one, it is always good to meet with a few. Consider asking your friends or colleagues to recommend you a broker or an agent. Be sure to confirm they are registered. To clear your vision, you can consider asking the given questions to your real estate agent:

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1 What is his experience and qualification?

It is better to learn for how many years he has been in the business. The type of properties he deals in and the areas he works in. He must have maintained the record of homes he helped buy or sell. He may have additional skills that will make it easy for you to buy or sell a house. All real estate agents must meet educational requirements to enter the profession and take mandatory continuing education to remain registered.

2 What is his approach to buy or sell a property?

If you are willing to buy a property, don’t forget to ask how he will search for better and budget convenient properties and his negotiation approach.

If you are selling your house, how will he market your home to interested buyers?

This way, you will determine whether his philosophies and methods match your preferences or not.

3 What services will they include?

It’s essential to discuss your specific needs and expectations with your agent to ensure they can provide the services you expect.

For instance, will he provide pictures of the property or negotiate with the host to open the place for you to view?

4 What are the commissions or fees you will have to pay?

Be sure to know the services you will be provided and the cost related to them. Commissions and fees can vary between agents and services provided. Ensure the services are included in the marketing and advertisement as it can create misunderstanding during the payment.

5 Does he work alone or as a team?

It’s important to have clear lines of communication between you and your broker. It may be possible that he works as a part of a team and the person you are meeting with is not the person that will serve as your day-to-day contact.

6 How will they keep you informed?

Communication is the key to create connections and relationships, and this one is no different. It will help if you ask him whether he will keep you updated daily or when required. Will he contact you via call, text message, or email?

Are they accessible on weekends, early in the morning, or in the evening?

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