Wednesday, April 18, 2018
By Dan Boutwell
How to Pick a Realtor

What to ask a realtor to make sure they are a good fit for you. When Picking a realtor, they are going to help you with one of the biggest financial investments you will make. So selecting a realtor is very important in finding the Best Home for you and/or your Family. Realtors come in various Shapes and Sizes, as in Some are Independant, Some work in a Large Team Office, Some work as a Husband/Wife/Sister/Son/Daughter team. Some may be Full or Part time. You may find Realtors who specialize in Listing Homes for Sale or mostly working with buyers while some are 50/50. The key items ;

  • Experience.  Ask how many homes they have Listed or Sold. Individually or as a Team. Just as any job, the more experience a person has, they more they will know.
  • Availablitly. How busy are they and will they have time for you. This not only includes time showing homes, but time searching for homes to see, researching the area, and answering your questions either by phone, txt or email.
  • Competence.  This also goes with Experience. Ask them about the area you are buying or listing. Local realtors will know of potential developments that may improve or hinder home values. They will know the schools, shopping, taxes, HOA fees, Hidden Cost with a subdivision fees and such.
  • Local. Ask where the Realtor lives or sells the most homes. The closer they are, the more they should know.

Lisitng your Home

I have found that the larger the team, the more hands off the realtors will be. If listing your home, generally large teams list homes at lower prices. Somewhat like a K-Mart or other High Volume seller. Smaller Teams and Individuals will work on the comparables more. Geneally if you pick local realtor, they will know the area and the values to maximize  the equity in your home.

Buying your next home

Definately local Realtor is the best way to go. Their knowledge of the area is crucial. They should know where future roads are planned to go, school zoning changes, School preferences, flooding problems, crime and other factors that will help making best choice for your next home.

Negotiating

This is something I am never asked but is very important. Ask about how they negoiate your sale or purchase. My view is most homes will usually sell at a fair price.  But there are other factors involved. other than price are clsing date and repairs. This is also where experience, Competency and know local market really makes the realtors qualifications valuable to you. 

Realtors do not mind answering questions. thats one of their main jobs. So ask away and make sure you feel comfortable with them. Home buying can get hectic at times and

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