Interviewing a real estate agent can be a time consuming process. Your desire to get the best agent possible might lead you through a few phone calls, a handful of interviews and a decision in the end that makes you feel like you're only doing your best to make a decision you're sure could be wrong in the end. While this is probably exactly what is happening, you can arm yourself with the best set of questions possible to get meaningful responses from a potential agent.
However, these extra questions are not designed for a potential realtor but are instead designed for you. As you go through the process of selecting a realtor, you will find that it can become much simpler if you know exactly what you want out of your realtor and what traits mean the most to you. Asking yourself at least a few of these questions will put you in a better frame of mind to interview realtors and make a very important decision.
Does Prominence Matter To Me?
Asking yourself this question is basically determining whether the brand name on the door of your potential realtor's office makes a difference. Do you think that people will respond better to your listing if a highly prominent real estate agency is attached to the sale? This answer is different for everyone and while most people balance prominence with other factors, you can determine your own leaning on the subject.
In addition to the agency, there are many people that gravitate to realtors with name recognition in the area. Perhaps the realtor has an ad on a nearby park bench or takes out regular television commercials. No matter what the basis of the notoriety, the prominence of these realtors can sometimes be important to a potential home buyer or seller. Finding out where you stand can cut down the time you use to search for a realtor.
What Marketing Do I Want My Realtor To Use?
One of the clearest areas this question can define is whether or not you want a realtor that has utilized new selling methods, most commonly the internet. Realtors vary in their approach and all of them will be glad to tell you what their particular plan is to sell your home and others like it. However, all of that means nothing if you don't have an idea in mind of how you want to see your home marketed.
After all, you know your home best and if you feel that internet marketing is appropriate for your property, you should pursue a realtor that includes it as a part of the selling of your home. If you feel that more traditional methods such as adequate signage and open houses are more suited for your neighborhood or potential buyer demographic, pursue a realtor with expertise in those areas instead.
How Bogged Down Am I By Experience?
Getting a highly experienced realtor can be a great way to feel good about a real estate choice. However, in some cases, getting the most experienced realtor around can either leave you as only a small part of that realtor's client list or can expose you to someone that has not kept up with the market. Of course, these are very subjective and you should ask a potential realtor where they stand on these matters, but you must first determine where you stand on the issue so that you know the perfect answer when you hear it.
Interviewing a slew of real estate agents can be an arduous process and knowing what you want to hear before you ever set foot in an office can greatly cut down on the time and energy you must expend to find the perfect realtor. Asking yourself these tough questions will set you on a more direct path to the realtor that is best suited to sell your home.
This is another original article by Joe Lane, co-owner of The Lane Real Estate Team at http://www.joelane.com/. Are you looking for an experienced Tri City WA Real Estate agency? With 20 years of service based, business experience, Joe and Colleen Lane work hard to serve home buyers and sellers for the Tri Cities of Washington's Kennewick, Richland, Pasco, and surrounding areas.
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