Tips and Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Real Estate Agent

There are a lot of real estate brokerages in any major city. Some of these real estate brokerages have hundreds, if not thousands of agents spread out over an enormous city boundary. How do you interview the different real estate agents and brokers to find the one that is right for you? I think the biggest thing is to find someone you are comfortable with, but there are a few blocks you should check in an interview before entering into an agreement with an agent to represent you.

1) Check for Real Estate Agent Personality: How personable is the agent? Is the agent friendly when corresponding with you via email? Can you easily get in touch with them throughout the day and when you do, are they easy to speak with on the phone? Do they take the time to get to know you and your family? Do they seem in touch with your style and adjust your searches accordingly?

2) Inquire about Real Estate Agent Knowledge: How knowledgeable are they? While it should be very important that a real estate agent is personable, they also need to know what they are doing. If not, you should be friends, not having them quarterback one of the largest financial purchases of your life. For example in Houston, with it’s geographic size, one agent can’t know it all. Don’t measure knowledge by experience. Experience can often lead to a great deal of knowledge, but I’ve run into many agents that have been around for awhile and don’t now real estate: the area, the process, and the market. You can get a food feel for an agent’s knowledge by asking them same basic questions about neighborhoods. See how much they know off the top of their head and how comfortable they are talking about homes in the areas you are interested. You can also find out what they specialize in. Their marketing will usually tell you a lot about that; however, don’t use that as your sole source for what they know. Just like experience can be misleading, so can marketing.

3) Inquire about Real Estate Tools Provided: What sort of services/tools does the agent bring to the table? There area lot of services available in the real estate market. Does the agent have a customized list they can send to you? Will they pick you up and tour you to the properties that you want to view? How easy is their website to use? If they are selling your home what mediums will they use to advertise your home? Are they creative with those mediums? Do they have examples to show you from past homes they have sold? Their services and tools for you to use in your search for a new home or sale of your current one shouldn’t be limited.

If you take a little bit of time to follow the above tips while interviewing real estate agents you will be amazed by the service a good one will provide. Buying a home or selling one doesn’t have to be stressful. With the right real estate professionals at the helm it can actually be a positive experience.

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