Twenty Questions For Buying Or Selling

Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291



It doesn't matter how many questions you have.

It's the answers that count.


As a Realtor®, you have to ask direct questions, and they need answering.

When working with a buyer or seller, some questions NEED answers. Tact is essential, but the answers are a must to get properties under contract. If you are planning to take on a client, here are a few of those questions.


 For Buyer

-Are you working with an agent?

-Have you signed a buyer agency agreement?

-Are you 100% sure you want to work c me?

-Who is the decision-maker? 

-Where do you want to live?

-Have you visited the area of the homes you want to see? 

-How many will live in the house?

-What is your list of must-haves? (This can be anything from a wood-burning FP, proximity to light rail, a particular school system, style of the house, type of lot or parking situation.)

Continue: What if we find the perfect home with just one of these missing? Find out HOW important. 

-How will you be paying? Mortgage, Cash, FHA, or VA.

- Who's your lender?

- Do you have proof of funds?

- What is your time frame?

-If we found the perfect house, are you ready to submit an offer?

- How much EMD is available?

-Do you have a check if we find a property today?


For seller

-When will the house be ready to show and photograph?

-When we find the right buyer, where will you go?

-How much do you owe?

-Do you have an equity loan or line of credit?

-How much do you need in your pocket to sell now?

-What if we can't get that much, are you prepared to stay put?


For agents: 

When you get a call to show a house, are you strong enough to ask the right questions?


You don't have to show or list every house! Ask the essential questions!

Now let's go buy and sell some real estate.


And if you have questions about buying or selling your home

Call Margaret Rome


Margaret Rome




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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Margaret.

All good questions so the agent can make a decision as where to start, and more importantly when

Feb 20, 2020 01:41 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland great list of questions..... and agents MUST ask those questions.... that's called being responsible for your position of representing either a buyer or a seller.... you need to know as much as possible about them before you introduce them to the's a reflection of your ability to do business properly.

Feb 20, 2020 03:46 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Margaret. The art of asking questions is as important as listening to the answers! Enjoy your day! 

Feb 20, 2020 04:52 AM #3
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Those are all important questions to ask, Margaret!  Especially, your first question for buyers.

Feb 20, 2020 04:58 AM #4
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Margaret - questions hopefully lead not only to answers but connections which in turn achieve a better outcome.  And that matters...

Feb 20, 2020 05:32 AM #5
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

Outstanding questions that are a must to understand where the seller or buyer is coming from.  Communication is critical in this business.  Hope that you have a wonderful day!

Feb 20, 2020 07:24 AM #6
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland - The art is working these questions into the conversation.  But the first question I always ask is "Are you working with an agent?"  I can't tell you how many times the buyer tells me "Yes, but they are too busy to show me this house today".  Even though I hear this a lot, it still floors me!

Feb 20, 2020 08:17 AM #7
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Margaret- these are all important questions for agents to ask and to know the answers to. It can save them time and money in the long run. 

Feb 20, 2020 05:55 PM #8
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