1. How long does it take you, on average, to sell my kind of home?
Sometimes sellers need to sell very quickly and sometimes they need the closing time-frame stretched, such as waiting for a closing on another home. Occasionally, sellers need to close on very specific and inflexible time-frames. Make sure that the Realtor’s answers fit your needs.
2. Do you have a specialty? How many sales have you completed like mine?
Typical home sales don’t require a specific skill set or additional knowledge besides the neighborhood; however, sales that are seller financed or short sales are a different animal. If your listing is other than a typical listing, make sure you get a realtor that specializes in your sale type.
1. How long do your typical buyers wait to find a home and close?
If the realtor answers with a short time frame, less than 30 days, and you are a new home buyer, they may not be a great fit. Additionally, if a realtor answers with 6-12 months and you have done your own research and are ready to buy quickly, it may not be a great fit.
2. How do you handle/recommend showings?
Showings in real estate are typically open, allowing buyers to view the home on their own, or by appointments, requiring a lock-box code and a walk-through. If you are just browsing or a new home buyer and what extra help, knowing a realtor’s showing style can really help with a great fit.
3. Do you work by yourself or with a team? Do you have an assistant?
Selling or buying a home can be a frightening and/or exciting experience, most times both. Deciding up front if personal touches or convenience is your priority can help with great realtor relationships. With an independent realtor, you most likely be would be dealing with the same person; however, they may not always be available when you want them. Dealing with a team of realtors could mean more convenient availability; however, you may be dealing with agents you don’t know when you have questions.
4. What are the best ways to communicate with you? Phone calls, emails, text, etc…?
In this day and age, communication styles are only limited by our imagination and the number of devices we know how to use. Making sure that your realtor is both comfortable and familiar with your communication preferences is the first step to a wonderful relationship.
5. Which neighborhoods do you mostly buy/list in?
Having an expert on your side is only beneficial if they are an expert. A realtor who has lots of listing in your home’s area and comparable areas in your city will be a boon. They will have tons of suggestions and facts available on the tip of their proverbial tongue and be able to guide you if you need the extra help.