When you’re thinking about buying a home, one of the most important things you can do is hire a real estate agent to act in your best interests. (Read “11 Reasons Why You need a Realtor when Buying a Home”)
When you’re buying your home, your first relationship with a real estate agent can mean either a relatively smooth, easy experience for you … or a complete nightmare.
I am more than a real estate agent when I work with buyer clients. I’m your advocate: guiding you through home showings, helping you see the pros/cons of each property, keeping you informed on market trends, writing and submitting offers, negotiating the best possible deal for you, and help your house settlement go as smoothly as possible and stay on schedule.
When we work together, we’re probably going to spend a lot of time together whether it’s in person and communicating by phone or email, so it’s also important that we have a good rapport.
While I’m sure we’d work well together, the following set of questions is a great way to separate top agents from average ones. How they answers these questions will help you make a decision in choosing your home buyer agent.
Here are 9 questions to ask when interviewing a realtor to assist you with your home search and purchase.
1. How long have you been an agent?
2. How many homes do you help buyers purchase each year?
3. How many homes, total, do you help close each year?
4. How many homes do you help buyers purchase each year in my neighborhood? In my price range?
5. Will I be working with you directly or do you have a team?
6. Do you work full-time or part-time as an agent?
7. How do you help buyers compete in this market?
8. When is your best time to contact you during the day and week, typically?
9. What sets you apart from other realtors?
I hope that this has been a valuable resource to help you in your agent search. Buying a home is a big endeavor, and you should only want the best to help you do so.
Are you buying a house in Charleston/Mt. Pleasant, SC area? If you haven’t hired a realtor yet, contact me. I’d love to discuss your individual circumstances.