10 Questions to ask, BEFORE you Choose a Real Estate Agent

Posted by Ryan Fitzgerald on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 at 9:30am.

Questions to Ask: Choosing a Real Estate Agent to Buy or Sell a Home

Choosing a Real Estate Agent to Buy and Sell a Home

How do you know which Real Estate Agent to hire? 

You won't until you begin interviewing. 

One of the first things we tell our clients: "Today we are going to learn more about our ability to work together. Should you choose a different Real Estate Agent to represent you, we will not be offended, just let us know." 

It's important for consumers to understand that the Real Estate Agent will likely be interviewing them as well.

Without further ado, let's dive in on the questions to ask:

Is Real Estate a Full-Time Job For you?

The first questions you should ask a Real Estate Agent is if they work full-time. If the answer is 'no' that is a red-flag and typically is reason enough to move on to the next candidate. Would you want someone working for you part-time? 

Availability plays a large role, especially in hot markets. Time is of the essence for buyers, so you want a Real Estate Agent who makes themselves available. If a home is listed on a Tuesday it could be sold by Wednesday morning, availability is important!

If your real estate market is anything like mine in Raleigh, NC buyers need to act fast when they find a home to buy. 33 is the average number of days on market, and any home worth buying is typically sold in a handful of days. Good deals are typically sold in the first day or two, sometimes in the first hour or two.

When interviewing a Real Estate Agent you want to make sure you hire someone who is going to give you a full-time effort.

What makes you Different from other Real Estate Agents?

Real Estate Agents come in many different shapes, sizes, personality types, skill sets, and work ethics. Which Realtor is right for you?

When interviewing there are certain things to look for. One of the first things I would look for in a Real Estate Agent is someone who isn't afraid to tell me 'no.' You don't want a salesperson, you want someone who is going to hold your hand and help you find the best possible home in the price range and location you're searching. 

Too often Agents are focused on the number of homes they've sold and that is not a statistic that helps your clients. 

How many Clients have you Helped?

Questions to Ask Real Estate AgentsAsking this question helps to demonstrate what type of experience the Real Estate Agent has. It's a much better indicator of experience than asking 'how many years have you been in the business?' Some Real Estate Agents have been in the business for 10 years and have helped 5 clients.  While some Agents have been in real estate for 3 years and helped 50.

How many clients is your Real Estate Agent actively working with it? This is another great question to ask because if they have too many clients personally, they won't have as much availability to help you when you need it.

For sellers you will want to know more about the experience the clients had. Ask to see reviews, and contact information. 

Who is on your Real Estate Team?

If at any point your Real Estate Agent pushes a mortgage lender on you, that's a red-flag. When we recommend a mortgage lender we always follow it up with, 'please don't feel obligated to use anyone we recommend.'

The reason we recommend certain folks is because we have worked with a number of people and have a select group we feel is the best to represent our client's interest. Certain people have a great chemistry when working together.

Team is a great word to describe your relationship with your Agent, your attorney, your mortgage lender, and everyone involved in the transaction. Who does your Real Estate Agent work with and why? The why is an important aspect. It's a big reason why we wrote an article on disclosing your relationship with your lender. Too many Agents accept money or gifts from Lenders and this is not right, at least in our opinion.

We are focused on our customer experience. When someone represents Raleigh Realty, whether it's an Agent or someone we work with. our brand reputation is on the line. There is nothing more important to us than our reputation among consumers. We are focused on our customer experience.

Do you require a pre-approval before seeing homes?

Clients spend months searching for a home to buy and finally they found one! It isn't until this point that they start speaking with a mortgage lender, and often times they find out they are not qualified to buy the house.

If you want to go look at homes without a pre-approval you are wasting everyone's time. Over the last year I have shown homes to around 50 people who didn't have a pre-approval and only a couple of them could actually afford the homes they were looking at.

Do you have Reviews and Contact Information from past Clients?

Reviews of Real Estate Agents is an important part of choosing the right person to help you. It's no secret that a lot of the reviews online are fake, which makes it important that you have videos and photos to back it up. Here is one way in which we are using video to tell a story:

This video is better than a written review because it's real. It's transparent. We started adding photos to every review because it adds a certain authenticity that other reviews lack.

Facebook is a great spot for reviews as well since you can look the people up to see if they are real or not. You can also message them directly on the social media platform to learn more about their experience with that Agent.

How will you Negotiate on our Behalf?

A great question to ask when choosing a Real Estate Agent to represent you is how will you negotiate on our behalf?

Whether your Agent is helping you buy or sell, they will want to have strong negotiating skills. Chances are they have already started negotiating with you since you met them. 

Buying and selling real estate involves professionalism and a win-win attitude. If you negotiate to be the only winner you are doing yourself and your client's a disservice. A win-win situation is different for every buyer and seller... some will be more likely to give, and some will be more likely to take. It's about reading the situation, analyzing it, and determining the next best move.

Will you Attend the Home Inspection?

If your Agent isn't going to attend the home inspection or have someone who is going to be there for it, move on to a new Realtor. Real Estate Agents who don't attend home inspections or have someone to represent the client are doing everyone a disservice. There is no better time to communicate with the home inspector than when they are actively conducting the inspection. 

You're investing hundreds of thousands of dollars into a home, you'll want to know every detail about the property.

We have a process for buyers and sellers, and a transaction coordinator to help a client's hand through the whole process. 

What is your Competitive Advantage?

One question you want to ask a Real Estate Agent you're interviewing is 'What is your competitive advantage?' 

If your Real Estate team doesn't offer any competitive advantages or doesn't know a way in which they can offer you one, move on. Too many pretenders out there for you to fall into that trap.

A lot of Real Estate Agents are chosen based on friendships or relatives, and that alone is not to your advantage. In many cases, it is a disadvantage.

Our competitive advantage at Raleigh Realty is the way we harness technology, marketing, our work ethic, and availability. Over 30,000 buyers and sellers visit RaleighRealtyHomes.com every month (that's a quick demonstration of our tech, marketing, and work ethic).

What if I am Unhappy with your Service?

At any point, your Real Estate Agent should allow you the opportunity to work with someone else. You should not be forced into a working relationship if you find out you're not happy with it.Asking this question gives you an opportunity to discuss what may need to happen in order to leave the contract you signed with your Real Estate Agent

If at any point you find that working with your Real Estate Agent isn't working you should bring it up to them. Talk to them about how you feel and see how they respond. If it isn't something that can be fixed, let them know.

It's important to let your Agent know if you've decided to go in a different direction. You should not be afraid to tell them that you've decided to work with someone else. There needs to be a mutual respect if the realtor-client relationship is going to work!

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Ryan Fitzgerald Raleigh RealtyHi there! I'm Ryan Fitzgerald, a REALTOR in Raleigh-Durham, NC and the owner of Raleigh Realty. Chances are you and I share a similar passion, Real Estate! I also have a passion for technology, sports, and people. Would love to hear from you. Drop me a note in the comments section below and feel free to share this article socially!

 

64 Responses to "10 Questions to ask, BEFORE you Choose a Real Estate Agent"

Kendall Ryder wrote: If you want to find a quality realtor, you can start your research. You can ask for references, read reviews, and meet with them in person. That way, you can ask them questions, such as the questions you have listed, and see if you like the answers. If not, you can go ahead and find someone else.

Posted on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 at 1:44pm.

Mike Toste, Lake Norman NC Realtor® wrote: Excellent questions to ask. One important one you mentioned was to look for customer reviews of the real estate agent. Don't just look at the agent's website for reviews, but make sure you look at 3rd party review sites so that you can get a truly unbiased look at if there are people who recommend the Realtor, and what they like the most about them. One other thing to find out, is how much the person knows the area. Ryan has created some excellent online local material for folks in his market. It's easy to see he is a real estate agent who knows the area well!

Posted on Monday, September 19th, 2016 at 10:43am.

Ryan Fitzgerald wrote: Thank you Kendall and Mike!

Appreciate you taking the time to read and add your commentary!!

Posted on Monday, September 19th, 2016 at 12:31pm.

Kate Hansen wrote: Finding a real estate agent has been pretty stressful for my husband and I since there are so many options. However, I like how you say that you should ask the candidates if real estate is their full time job and if it isn't, you shouldn't consider them. I want someone who is passionate about their work and devotes as much time as possible to helping us. Having a real estate agent who's full time job is helping us will make sure we get the house we want!

Posted on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 at 12:25pm.

Lillian Schaeffer wrote: These are some great tips, and I appreciate your advice to ask about how many clients a real estate agent has helped before hiring. My husband and I are going to be moving into our first house, so we'd like to have some good, professional guidance to help us through this process. We'll definitely make sure to find a real estate agent who has a lot of experience so they can give us the help we need. Thanks for the great post!

Posted on Monday, October 10th, 2016 at 2:30pm.

Zequek Estrada wrote: It's nice to know ahead of time that you won't know which real estate agent to hire until you've interviewed them. I liked that clarification. I've many people tell me to pick after I've looked at reviews of them.

Posted on Friday, October 14th, 2016 at 3:31pm.

Cindy Tesler wrote: I thought it was interesting that you tell your clients that "we are going to learn more about our ability to work together". At first, I thought that this was odd, but really you do need to work well with your agent if you're wanting an easy transition into a new home. You also mention that the real estate agent is most likely interviewing you as well-- I never thought about this. I also think that its a good idea to see if your agent has sold any homes in the neighborhood that you are interested in.

Posted on Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 at 11:24am.

Jade Brunet wrote: I am happy to be informed about the questions one should ask before choosing a real estate agent. It would be good to know if real estate is the person's full time job. Experience and certification are extremely important when it comes to choosing a realtor. Something else to consider would be to find if they are local and familiar with the area they will be working out of.

Posted on Thursday, October 27th, 2016 at 7:11pm.

Jasper Whiteside wrote: I agree with the article that it is important to have the real estate agent be present for the home inspection. The agent has likely done research into the home and might be able to answer the inspectors questions better than the potential buyer in some cases. It might be worth following the article's advice to make sure that your real estate agent makes it a priority to attend the inspection.

Posted on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 at 3:55pm.

ronny howard wrote: I did not know that a real estate agent should not push a mortgage lender on you. I will listen to their recommendations but it is important for me not to feel obligated if I don't feel right about it. I hope that I can find a real estate agent soon! We are wanting to sell out house by the end of the year.

Posted on Friday, November 11th, 2016 at 12:58pm.

siaosi wrote: I would like to choose a real estate agent that knows what they are doing. I think it would be appropriate to know the back ground of the client. I think it would be nice to know how many people the agent has helped in the past.

Posted on Friday, November 11th, 2016 at 1:36pm.

Jalu Sakti wrote: I completely agree with your tip of asking a firm for references that you could call to ask about their experience with the company. If you can get some solid references, you will know a lot more about how the company works with clients. My brother is trying to find a real estate agent in his area, but I don't think he's tried out this tip, yet. I'll tell him to try to find references for his potential companies and see if that helps him out.

Posted on Thursday, November 17th, 2016 at 3:09pm.

Sarah Smith wrote: I'm looking to buy my first home, and I need to find an agent to help me. I agree that you should ask questions to find out if they do real estate full time or part time. This is because full-time agents are often more reliable and know more about the neighborhood.

Posted on Monday, November 21st, 2016 at 4:46pm.

Lauren Woodley wrote: I liked that you pointed to ask them how they will negotiate on your behalf. After all, you're hiring them to represent you and go to bat for you. So, making sure that they have quality strategies to help you get the homes and deals that you want will ensure that you're hiring someone good for the job! Thanks for the tips and insights and help in hiring a real estate agent.

Posted on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 at 2:40pm.

Elsa Anderson wrote: It's interesting how you mention that when you look for a realtor, you look for someone who isn't afraid to say 'no'. That quality in a realtor shows that they are willing to fight for you as their client. There are a few houses I am looking at buying, so having a realtor that won't say 'no' probably increases the chances someone will accept any offer I place on the house.

Posted on Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 3:17pm.

Johnny McCarron wrote: I agree that many people need to act fast when they find a home they want to buy. A realtor can really help you with that process. Do you have any other tips about finding a realtor? I'm thinking about purchasing a home soon, but I don't know a lot about how to go about that process.

Posted on Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 4:25pm.

gina henrie wrote: I think asking what makes the real estate agent different from other real estate agents is a good question to ask. You want to find out what their strengths are and see if they will fit your needs. I am looking for an agent and am going to make sure I know the agent really well before hiring him or her.

Posted on Thursday, December 1st, 2016 at 1:49pm.

Marie Watson wrote: Thanks for recommending some questions to ask before choosing a real estate agent. I really like the question, "what makes you different from other real estate agents?" I would think that it is important to make sure you are working with someone who is confident in their abilities and who can tell you what their strengths are.

Posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 at 8:33pm.

olivia nelson wrote: I like your idea on asking a realtor how many clients they have helped. I would imagine that knowing about past clients would be a big advantage towards finding a good realtor. I'm looking for someone to help me sell my home so I'll have to ask them how many clients they have helped recently.

Posted on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 at 7:47pm.

olivia nelson wrote: I agree that you would want to ask how many clients they have helped before you hire a realtor. I would imagine that finding someone who is able to show that they have many happy clients would be ideal. I'm looking for a real estate agent to help me sell my home so I'll have to check how many clients they have had in the past.

Posted on Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 at 5:29pm.

Ridley wrote: These are some great tips for hiring a real estate agent. I like how you talked about asking what sets the agent apart from others. That is a good opportunity to let the agent give you their "elevator pitch."

Posted on Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 at 6:14pm.

siaosi wrote: I would like to know how many people the real estate agent has worked with. I would like to know as well how many people the team has worked with in all. I think it would be nice to get some help knowing what kind agent to get.

Posted on Thursday, December 8th, 2016 at 11:16am.

Dave Adnerson wrote: That is a great idea to see if the real estate agent works full time or not. If I am buying a house, I want someone who is dedicated to helping me find the right house for me. I don't want someone who is just showing me houses as extra money on the side. I had not even thought of asking that question, but I agree that it would be vital to know.

Posted on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 at 10:20am.

Jeff Evans wrote: My family is interested in moving next year and we want to make sure we find a good realtor to help us through the process. I haven't thought about the process of interviewing a realtor very much, but it would seem like a wise question to ask whether or not they are full-time. When my wife and I start looking for a realtor, we will be sure to ask about it before we decide on anything.

Posted on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 at 7:08pm.

Jalu Sakti wrote: These are some awesome questions to ask a realtor before hiring them! I particularly like the one about making sure they, or someone they send, is at the home inspection. My friend didn't hire a realtor when buying her home, and because no one inspected it, beforehand, she moved into a home that she discovered, later on, had mold on the wall. It's just not worth the risk to not have a real estate agent inspect the home with you!

Posted on Friday, December 16th, 2016 at 12:20pm.

siaosi wrote: I would really like to get some help choosing the right kind of home inspection agent. I know that it would be nice to have some help finding the right home for the right price. I would like to make sure my home is up to date.

Posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 at 4:28pm.

Dennis Sanchez wrote: You wrote that you should ask all real estate agents you are considering what their competitive advantage is. Having that advantage could help you get your dream home for you and your family. And making sure that you get your dream home is important, as you could spend a large part of your life there. Thanks for the advice.

Posted on Thursday, December 29th, 2016 at 6:09pm.

emily bennette wrote: I like that you pointed out that you should consider asking the realtor if they will be attending the home inspection as well. It would be nice to know that I will have an experience person there with me during the process. Also, having them up to date on the problems of the home could help you get a better deal on it.

Posted on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 at 9:05pm.

Joy Butler wrote: I had no idea that real estate agent strongly urging the use of a mortgage lender is a red flag. It is interesting that many real estate agents accept unethical incentives from mortgage lenders. Working with an unethical real estate could possible conflict in your home buying process and may have negative consequences.

Posted on Friday, January 6th, 2017 at 12:27pm.

Troy Blackburn wrote: I like what you mentioned about how Facebook is a great place to look for reviews because you can message the people that left the review to ask them about their experience. I've heard, in fact, that many realtors will offer discounted rates to you if you're able to refer friends or family to the realtor. I'll have to keep this great info in mind as I search for a great realtor to help me out!

Posted on Thursday, January 12th, 2017 at 3:00pm.

Marie Watson wrote: Thanks for recommending some questions to ask before hiring a real estate agent. I like that you mention asking them what will set them apart from other real estate agents. You make a good point about how important it is to find an agent who will fit with your personality. I have been thinking about buying a new home, so I hope I can find the best possible home in my price range.

Posted on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 at 12:04pm.

Finn Stewart wrote: A real estate agent that devotes all their time to their job is one that probably knows their stuff. That's why I like how you give the suggestion to ask a potential real estate agent if this is their full time job because that means they are available more often. Both my wife and I have very busy schedules, so having a real estate agent will help us put our house on the market and sell it quicker, we just have to find one that can work with our schedule.

Posted on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 at 3:55pm.

michaelluis wrote: Hello Ryan, nice questions to share. Recently on of my friend was thinking to hire a real estate agent. Well, I can share these important and valuable questions with her. Keep posting such useful blogs.

Thanks and Regards.

Posted on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 at 5:59am.

olivia nelson wrote: I agree that asking about how many clients a real estate agent has worked with would be helpful. I would imagine that you would want to know this because it denotes experience. My husband and I are looking for a realtor to help sell our home so we'll have to find someone who has worked with may past clients.

Posted on Friday, March 10th, 2017 at 6:30pm.

Kenneth Gladman wrote: I like that you mentioned asking if they will attend the inspection. Agents should know exactly what to look for during an inspection and they can act as a overseer. You want to be sure and have them there.

Posted on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 at 3:02pm.

EDcook Real Estate wrote: Reading this article that you made an excellent post. I think that your article will be helpful for us. It has been more info. Thanks for sharing this article.

Posted on Sunday, March 26th, 2017 at 9:28pm.

Rachel Lannister wrote: You wrote that you will want to ask the real estate agent what kind of advantages they bring, like connections or great negotiating skills. Especially with how many real estate agents there are, you will want to know what separates them from all the others. This will allow you to choose one that will compliment your personality and have the most successful home buying experience.

Posted on Friday, March 31st, 2017 at 2:24pm.

siaosi wrote: I like how you mentioned to attend your home inspection only if you do not have an agent attending. I would like to have the most competitive advantage like you mentioned to sell my home.

Posted on Monday, April 3rd, 2017 at 11:09am.

Alice Jones wrote: I agree that you need to find a realtor that negotiate for the clients behalf. Clients usually don't understand how the world of marketing works, so they need a professional that can help them get their dream house at a reasonable price. This is probably one of the most important skills a realtor can have.

Posted on Friday, April 14th, 2017 at 1:33pm.

Angus Reed wrote: Thanks a lot for sharing this information. I'm looking to buy my first home, and I need to find an agent to help me. I agree that you should ask questions to find out if they do real estate full time or part time. This is because full-time agents are often more reliable.

Posted on Saturday, April 15th, 2017 at 2:44am.

Jade Brunet wrote: Finding if the realtor has reviews and contact information from past clients would be beneficial. I appreciate what was said about how Facebook is a great way to spot for reviews. Another thing to do would be to interview potential real estate agents to ensure that you find a good fit for your situation.

Posted on Monday, April 17th, 2017 at 6:45pm.

olivia nelson wrote: I agree that asking a realtor what their advantage is would be really helpful. It would seem that you would want to find someone who knows they are better than the rest in the area. I'm looking for someone to help sell my home so I'll have to ask about their advantage first.

Posted on Thursday, April 20th, 2017 at 6:32pm.

siaosi wrote: I want to make sure that I am staying at competitive as I can will my prices. I think it would be nice to know that I am getting the most for my home. I also want to know that I can get a good price for the home I am going to buy.

Posted on Friday, April 21st, 2017 at 11:22am.

Precious Leyva wrote: I really like the idea of asking a real estate company what makes them different! That's what customers look for when they seek a company, especially a real estate agent. No one likes to feel like a number, they want to feel cared for. Discovering what makes an agent different, can likely lead to a better experience and quality service.

Posted on Friday, April 21st, 2017 at 6:20pm.

Raisa Delima wrote: That's a great point; any real estate agent that is a great negotiator would really be able to help in the home buying process. We are looking for a new home, but our needs are a bit out of our budget range. Maybe hiring a really good agent could help us negotiate the price down to something more affordable for us. We'll have to consult with a few different agencies and see what they could do for us.

Posted on Monday, April 24th, 2017 at 4:51pm.

olivia nelson wrote: I agree that you want to ask how many clients a realtor has worked with. It would make sense to ask this because it would show how much experience they have. I'm looking for a realtor to help me buy a new home so I'll have to ask how may people they have helped in the past.

Posted on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 at 6:31pm.

Zequek Estrada wrote: I wasn't planning on using a real estate agent. However, a friend of mine showed me some statistics she found online about how helpful one can be. It's good to know that I should continue searching for an agent if they aren't able to offer any competitive advantage.

Posted on Monday, May 8th, 2017 at 11:56am.

Ridley wrote: These are some great things to keep in mind when hiring a real estate agent. We need to sell our home fast, so this is great for us. I'll make sure to find an agent who makes themselves available at the times that we need them.

Posted on Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 at 7:40pm.

Alex Dean wrote: My husband and I are getting ready to buy our first house, and we would like to hire a realtor to help us out. We just need some advice on how to pick out the right one for us. I like how you suggested that when we look for one that we ask them on they will negotiate on our behalf. It will be good for us to know that when it comes down to it, the end result has everyone leaving a winner, not just us or the seller. Thanks for the helpful article!

Posted on Monday, May 15th, 2017 at 12:51pm.

Braden Bills wrote: I want to make sure that I get the right real estate agent. It makes sense that I would want to find one who does it full time! That way I know that they are devoted to their work.

Posted on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 at 9:30am.

Annika Larson wrote: Right now my husband and I are looking to buy our first home. We want to make sure we have the right real estate agent by our side to help us with this process. As you said, you definitely don't want an agent that pushes a mortgage lender on you. Thanks for sharing these tips!

Posted on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 at 10:37pm.

Leviticus Bennett wrote: I like your tip to ask how the agent will negotiate on your behalf. I'm not very good with negotiating, so I'd need this to be a strong quality of an agent. I'm hoping to buy a home before I get married this fall.

Posted on Monday, May 22nd, 2017 at 1:05pm.

gloria durst wrote: I like how you say that you would want to know how many clients a realtor is working with. It would seem smart to also note what kind of real estate they have traditionally sold. My husband and I are looking to invest in some property, so we'll have to find someone who has plenty of clients to help us out.

Posted on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 at 6:14pm.

gloria durst wrote: I agree that you want to find out how strong a realtor's negotiation skills are. It would make sense that you would want to find someone who will negotiate passionately on your behalf. My husband and I are looking for a bigger house as our family continues to grow, so we'll have to find a realtor with good negotiation skills to help us out.

Posted on Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 at 2:18pm.

gloria durst wrote: I agree that you want to find a realtor that works full time. It would make sense that you would make sense that they will have more time to work on your home if they are working full time. My sister is looking for a realtor to help sell her home, so she'll have to find someone who does this as a full-time job.

Posted on Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 at 2:23pm.

Sandra Hexner wrote: Thanks for the needed information to find a real estate agent. I have a friend that was going to be one I chose, but it's my former boyfriends best friend. I feel it would be best to find someone else. I love how you pointed out that it's about the whole team, not just the agent. If I can concentrate the team effort and what they can provide, I'll be able to find someone I love. Thanks for easing me into this process and I'll be keeping all your advice in mind as I search.

Posted on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 at 1:55pm.

Ollie wrote: Those are a great checklist of questions to ask to a real estate agent before buying or selling a house. These are helpful especially for those who aren't sure of what they are doing once they have decided to buy or sell a house. Thanks for sharing.

Posted on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 at 12:51am.

Jade Brunet wrote: My mom and dad are looking to downsize houses and think that hiring a realtor would highly benefit them. It is good to know that one should ask a realtor how many clients they have had. I like what was said about how it would be wise to see reviews and get a hold of contact information to learn more about the experiences of these clients. I will be sure to share this information with my parents.

Posted on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 at 2:41pm.

gloria durst wrote: It makes sense to consider how a realtor will negotiate. It seems that you would want to talk with past clients in order to see how they negotiate before you choose them. My sister is looking for a realtor to help sell her home after a divorce, so she'll have to find out about their negotiation skills first.

Posted on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 at 7:14pm.

Max Jones wrote: We've been looking for a real estate broker who can help us find a new home, and I think that asking the question you listed about how many clients they have helped would give us a good idea of how good they are. We would like to work with an experienced real estate broker to help us get our home, so that we can take advantage of their experience. I'm going to have to see what we can do to find a good real estate broker, and be sure to ask him some questions!

Posted on Friday, June 23rd, 2017 at 2:24pm.

gloria durst wrote: Finding a realtor who will attend the home inspection with you makes sense. I would imagine that you would want to find someone who will do this because it shows they will care. My sister is looking for a realtor to help her buy a home, so she'll have to find one that will attend the home inspection.

Posted on Monday, June 26th, 2017 at 4:19pm.

gloria durst wrote: I like how you say that you would want to find a realtor who will attend the home inspection with you. This would show their commitment to helping you find the right home. My sister wants to buy a home, so she'll have to find out beforehand if the realtor will visit the home with her.

Posted on Monday, June 26th, 2017 at 8:05pm.

gloria durst wrote: I agree that you need to assess a realtor's negotiating skills before you choose them. It would make sense to find someone who is good at negotiating for your interests so they represent you well. My sister is looking to buy a new home, so she'll have to find someone who negotiates well.

Posted on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 at 4:02pm.

gloria durst wrote: I like how you say that you should find out how many clients a realtor has helped before you choose them. It would make sense to find someone who has worked with plenty of clients, preferably in your area. My sister wants to sell her home, so she'll have to find someone who has worked with a lot of clients.

Posted on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 at 7:10pm.

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