Do your research
- Check your state’s real estate licensing board for any complaints filed against an agent you are considering working with.
- Ask for testimonials to gauge client satisfaction. If you can, ask for the contact information of a past client. This could provide you with a valuable opinion on whether or not this real estate agent is the right fit for you.
- Find out if they have a real estate blog or have contributed to any real-estate-related publications. Great realtors have plenty of expertise to share!
Ask the right questions
- How long have you handled this area/how many sales have you handled in this area?
- How long have you been licensed?
- How well would you say you know the local market?
- Do you work as a real estate agent full-time?
- How will I be represented as a client in relation to you? (Transactional broker, etc)
- Do you require buyers to get pre-approved before looking at homes?
- What is your fee?
- Will you attend inspections?
- Do you have an assistant, or is there anyone else who would be working with me?
- How many homes do you typically show to buyers?
- Do you require buyers to sign any contracts?
- What methods of communication do you prefer?