While you’re interviewing real estate agents, you’ll want to focus on the quality of their advice and how well they listen to your questions. You may be looking for a particular type of home or neighborhood, but the quality of their responses and advice should take precedence. While personality is important, you can’t ignore their credentials and track record. It’s a good idea to write down any questions that come to mind so you can refer to them later.
Avoiding “commission breath”
When it comes to the sale of a home, avoiding commission breath is essential to ensuring a successful transaction. While network marketing is an important part of any business, a commission-breathing REALTOR may push you towards a property you’re not interested in, wrongly advise you to list the home higher, and try to pressure you into accepting a low-ball offer. While network marketing is a numbers game, you can still avoid the “commission breath” by selecting an agent that has a genuine interest in guiding you through the process.
Avoiding agents who push you into making offers on homes that aren’t a good fit
An agent who is pushing you into making offers on homes is unlikely to be the best choice. While most agents will not care about your financial situation, some may try to use it against you. Don’t discuss divorce or deadlines with agents, as they may use it as leverage to get you to accept a lower price or waive contingencies sooner. Also, don’t discuss the price you’re willing to pay if it means buying the home sooner. If the agent is irresponsible, he may even share that information with the seller’s agent, which would greatly reduce your leverage.
If you’re unhappy with your agent’s approach, don’t sign a listing agreement. While signing an agreement may be easy, it’s important to know your rights. If an agent is pushing you to make offers on homes that aren’t a good fit, you have the right to cancel. This agreement is legally binding, and it grants the agent exclusive rights to sell the property.
Finding a REALTOR with a good track record
One important question when interviewing a REALTOR is how many homes they have sold. You want to choose an agent with a proven track record of selling homes in your area. If an agent only sells five homes a year, you may be better off hiring someone with more experience and a proven track record. But don’t let this discourage you from asking questions about the agent’s past performance. Listed below are some questions that you should ask to make sure you’re getting the best real estate agent.
– Ask for the agent’s statistics. Ask for a Comparative Market Analysis report (CMA) Report, covering at least a year of transactions and listings in your neighborhood. While this report will help you determine the average sales price of homes in your neighborhood, you won’t know if the agent has a proven track record when it comes to pricing a home. That’s why you want to find a REALTOR with a proven track record, and a proven track record.