Get Educated Hiring a Listing Agent? Here’s How to Avoid Making a Big Mistake
- Matt Miner,
- April 27, 2019
This is always an interesting topic for me to think about. There are many good agents out there, and much of who you decide to hire can depend on personality. But beware as that should not be the only criteria.
Usually, realtors will do listing appointments in two meetings: one to meet each other, and one to discuss numbers, marketing, etc.
During the first meeting, you should pay attention to how much and how easily information is shared with you. You should have questions prepared for the realtor. Some of these questions could include:
These questions should be easily answered by the agent, quickly and concisely. Judge the answer and the way it’s delivered. Nervousness or hesitancy can always be part of an initial meeting, but these answers should be easy if the agent is good. Also, make sure the advice makes sense to you. If something is unclear, ask for clarity. That gives you another chance to see how they respond. At the end of the first meeting, you decide if you want the second meeting. If you don’t feel comfortable making that decision there, just let them know you are interviewing agents and that you will get back to them.
For the lucky agents that make it to the second meeting… Make sure you look them up online and ask yourself these questions:
Make sure you exercise them with these questions before committing—you’ve got a lot of money on the table, and you want to work with an agent who will help you maximize your investment. Keep in mind that a good agent can mean 10-20% more than other agents or discount brokers, and a good agent should also be able to make you more money than whatever it is they cost. A good agent should be able to help you with whatever may come, and you should find someone who you get along with, too!
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