No two real estate agents are the same. Each agent has a different working style, level of experience and personality. That’s why it’s important to interview multiple agents so you can determine the best fit. It’s a crucial first step to minimizing miscommunication and ensuring both parties understand their responsibilities ahead of time.
The best way to find the right agent is asking smart interview questions and listening for insightful answers. These are the most important questions to ask a real estate agent:
What’s included in your services?
Listing agents often offer a list of services and you want to make sure that you are getting the best level of services offered. Ask about MLS listing, comparative market analysis, showing procedures and assistance, photography and video for starters.
How will you market my home? What marketing tools will you utilize?
This is probably the most important question. A successful listing agent will use and offer all of the marketing tools available to get your home seen and sold.
How many homes have you sold in my neighborhood?
This will indicate how well they know your neighborhood and what type of buyer is looking in your neighborhood.
On average, how close to the asking price is the final sale price of homes you have sold? (aka, the list-to-sales-price ratio)
You will need to know how effective the agent’s negotiating skills are and what their realistic view of the market is.
What support staff and resources do you use?
It may be comforting to know you have a team who is dedicated to getting your home sold.
How will you keep me informed on progress?
Another important question: you need to make sure you’re regularly contacted with progress and interest. Also, make sure your agent is easily accessible by phone or text, so you’re not left hanging.
We’re here to answer all of your questions! For more information on the finest homes in the Palm Beaches, contact a Tauber Real Estate Services specialist at 561-626-4633.