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Tips for Interviewing a REALTOR

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty/Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT 30SA0872839 

Interviewing a realtor is an essential step in the home buying or selling process. Here are some tips to help you effectively interview a realtor:

  1. Research Potential Realtors: Before scheduling interviews, research potential realtors in your area. Look for agents with experience in your desired neighborhood and a track record of success.

  2. Ask for Referrals: Seek recommendations from friends, family, or colleagues who have recently bought or sold a home. Personal referrals can help you find trustworthy and reliable realtors.

  3. Prepare Questions: Prepare a list of questions to ask during the interview. Consider asking about the realtor's experience, knowledge of the local market, marketing strategies, communication style, and availability.

  4. Experience and Expertise: Inquire about the realtor's experience and expertise in the real estate industry. Ask how long they have been in business, how many homes they have sold in the past year, and whether they specialize in buying or selling homes.

  5. Local Market Knowledge: A good realtor should have in-depth knowledge of the local market, including recent sales trends, neighborhood amenities, school districts, and property values. Ask how familiar they are with the area where you're looking to buy or sell.

  6. Marketing Plan: If you're selling a home, ask about the realtor's marketing plan. Inquire about their strategies for listing your home, including online marketing, professional photography, virtual tours, open houses, and networking with other agents.

  7. Communication Style: Effective communication is crucial when working with a realtor. Ask how the realtor prefers to communicate (e.g., phone, email, text) and how frequently you can expect updates on your transaction.

  8. Client References: Request references from past clients and take the time to follow up with them. Ask about their experience working with the realtor and whether they would recommend them to others.

  9. Professionalism and Personality: Pay attention to the realtor's professionalism and personality during the interview. Choose someone who is knowledgeable, trustworthy, and easy to work with.

  10. Trust Your Instincts: Ultimately, trust your instincts when selecting a realtor. Choose someone who listens to your needs, provides honest advice, and genuinely cares about helping you achieve your real estate goals.

By following these tips, you can conduct a thorough interview and select the right realtor to guide you through the home buying or selling process

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Thomas - choosing the right representation, real estate or otherwise, is critical in achieving a successful relationship for each party.  "Together" much can be accomplished.  The tips in your post provide a good starting point.  

May 06, 2024 07:07 AM
Thomas Santore Lic Associate Real Estate Broker

Thank You,

Tom S

May 06, 2024 07:23 AM