Selling or buying a home is your most important transaction of your life. It is important to select the individual to represent you wisely. Here are some of the top questions to ask your real estate agent.
How long have you been in business?
You do not want to rookie real estate agent who is learning through trial and error on the sale or purchase of your home. You should also ask if they do real estate on the side or if it is their main occupation.
Can you provide referrals?
Not only should you check their reviews online but you should ask for referrals and have a set number of questions to ask.
What type of marketing can I expect from you and your team?
Marketing is everything! If they do not have a sound aggressive plan for marketing your property, you need to find someone else. You should be excited about the marketing strategy they present.
Do you offer a market analysis?
Colorado real estate agents should offer a free market analysis on your home or property. This is where they should shoot you straight about the value of your home and any fixes you might need to make before the home goes on the market. If a real estate agent isn't honest with you, it could cost you many 1000s or even 10,000s on the sale of your home. While we might not like what we hear about fixing certain things in the home before selling, it can lead to a lot more money in your pocket. You want an agent that is honest and upfront.
What other services do you offer?
Professional photography, drones for certain properties and virtual tours like Mattersport should be services real estate agents offer. These alone can make or break the sale and visibility of a home. Staging is also incredibly important and depending on the state your items, it can bring in an incredible amount of additional money at the end of the sale.
How familiar are you with my market?
An agent should know the neighborhoods, schools, future grow projections, metro taxes, HOA fees, crime and more in the areas you are considering. If they do not, you should run the other way.
How do you communicate?
One of the biggest frustrations clients have with their agents is lack of communication. This is a critical error in the market today because being tardy with communicating means a sale falls through or a new home is snatched up by another buyer. Make sure you are comfortable with the level of communication guaranteed by your agent.
Why should I choose you over the other agents?
If a real estate agent cannot properly pitch themselves to you, how are they going to property market your home or secure a offer with other agents? This is one of the best questions you can ask.