So you’ve made the wise decision of hiring a real estate agent for your next property purchase. In most cases, agents make real estate transactions much easier due to their knowledge of the real estate market and their overall understanding of the industry. However, with so many agents to choose from, it can be difficult to be sure that you’re picking the right one. To help with the vetting process, here are four starter questions to ask your next possible real estate agent:
1. How long have you been in the real estate industry?
Though this is a very basic question, it can be overlooked due to the excitement of purchasing a new home. It’s important to know just how long your realtor has been around, not only for experiential purposes, but also for their network of connections.
2. Do you work weekends?
This question can tell you a lot about a real estate agent. If they flinch at the mere mention of the possibility of viewing a home on a Saturday, then this might clue you in on just how dedicated they are to finding the right property for you and your family.
3. What is your typical methodology when helping us find a home?
Have them walk you through a typical professional experience with them. Does it sound like something you are comfortable and confident with?
4. Are you a member of MLS or the NAR?
MLS (Multiple Listing Service) is a software that allows real estate agents to look at all property listings, not just their own or their companies’. The NAR is the National Association of Realtors and practices specific standardized criteria for their agents. If your agent is a member of both of these, this is a good sign.
Don’t forget to add your own questions when interviewing agents. The professional you choose will be working for you, so if you aren’t comfortable with their work ethic then it may not be the best decision to invest in them when dealing with your finances and your future.
At Title Junction, we care about helping you stay informed throughout your real estate transaction. The experts at our title company have extensive knowledge about real estate not only in Cape Coral and Fort Myers, but all of Florida as well.
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