10 Thinks To Ask a Potential Agent

What makes you different? Why should I list my home with you? It’s a much tougher real estate market than it was a decade ago. What unique marketing plans and programs does this agent have in place to make sure that your home stands out favorable versus other competing homes? What things does this agent offer you that others don’t to help you sell your home in the least amount of time with the least amount of hassle and for the most amount of money?

Are you a full-time professional real estate agent or just a part-time sales agent?

Are you a Realtor (member of the National Association of Realtors) and a member of all local associations with full MLS (Multiple Listing Service) access?

What is your company’s track record and reputation in the market place?

What are your marketing plans for my home?

What has your company sold in my area? Agents should bring you a complete listing of both their own and other comparable sales in your area.

Does your broker control your advertising or do you? If your agent is not in control of their own advertising, then your home will be competing for advertising space not only with this agent’s other listings, but also with the listings of every other agent in the brokerage.

What is your average Days On The Market?

On average, how long does it take for your listings to sell?

Will you provide me with a list of your most recent customers with their feedback about your service and capabilities?

Will you maintain a consistent communication with me and guide me though the home selling process from start to finish, even after closing?

What is my competition and how does my home compare? Please provide a list of all active, pending, sold, canceled and expired listings within the last 6 months.

What are the current local market conditions including average list times, buying trends, local job market and other community specific factors that would affect the saleability of my home?

How will you help me determine a fair selling price for my home that will bring me the best possible selling price in the shortest amount of time? What systems do you have in place for attracting buyers and maintaining consistent follow up with other agents and potential buyers?

When an offer is made, will you evaluate the buyer’s qualifications, explain my options to me, negotiate the best possible price, terms and conditions, and always look out for my best interest?

If i am planning on selling my home and buying another, can you guide me in how to successfully accomplish this goal? Are you experienced in helping people sell in these situations?

If we are unhappy or decide not to sell for whatever reason, can we cancel the listing at any time with no questions asked?