Are you thinking of selling your home or real estate property? Well you have come to the right place. However, before you go hire or go with your friend who just got their license or your best friend’s daughter who is selling real estate part time I would do a little research if I were you before I sign a long term contract with a Realtor or Broker. There are many questions and items that I recommend you have on your checklist when you begin the interview process with a Listing agency. However, I will only cover three really important questions here so that you don’t become overwhelmed.
The first one would be when you interview an agent you should definitely ask the Real Estate Agent how long they have been in the business of selling real estate? Not that a new person cannot do the job, I have met many new agents that work harder than a seasoned professional but you just want to make sure that if they are new that they have someone like a mentor or Broker that is going to be there to guide them through the process. When I was new I mentored under a Broker that had 20+ years experience so if I did not know something he was there to help me.
The next question I would ask the Real Estate Agent is if they sell real estate full time? The reason this is important is communication. There is nothing wrong with doing real estate part time but if you are not able to get a hold of your agent because they are working then that is not good. A part time agent needs to work with a team or a partner that will cover for them when they are either absent or working. I have worked deals with many agents in the past that worked full time jobs and I never was able to talk to them until after hours. I then would figure out they were working a job during the day and this makes it very hard to get the transaction done in a timely manner. So please make sure your real estate agent is going to be there for you for when you have questions or if not make sure they have a partner or team to back them up.
Lastly, I would ask the Real Estate Agent you are interviewing what they know about the market in your area. We don’t claim to have sold a home in every single neighborhood in Austin, Texas but when I am going on a listing appointment I make sure to do my homework on the neighborhood before I go out to meet the seller. I also like to get to the appointment early and drive the neighborhood, I drive the past Solds and some current actives if possible. I also like to look at the other homes on the street like the neighbors. I do this because I want to be able to know the neighborhood and come up with a true market analysis and be as accurate as possible when it comes to listing the home. If you have any questions or you want to list your home call us we love to help!