What you need to know before you hire an agent
10 Things You Need to Know Before you Hire an Agent
Not all real estate agents are the same. If you decide to seek the help of an agent when selling or buying your home, you need some good information before you make any moves.
An agent can cost or save you thousands of dollars
Picking an agent is one of those critical issues that can cost or save you thousands of dollars. There are very specific questions you should be asking to ensure that you get the best representation for your needs. Many agents would prefer that you don't ask these questions, because the knowledge you'll gain from their honest answers will give you a very good idea about what outcome you can expect from using this agent. And let's face it - in real estate, as in life - not all things are created equal.
Hiring a real estate agent is just like any hiring process - with you on the boss's side of the desk. It's critical that you make the right decision about who will handle what is probably the single largest financial investment you will ever make.
1. What makes you different? Why should I list my home with you?
It's a much tougher real estate market that in was a decade ago. What unique marketing plans and programs does this agent have in place to make sure that your home stands out favorably versus other competing homes? What things does this agent offer you that others don't to help you sell your home with the least amount of time and hassle and for the most amount of money?
10. What happens if I'm not happy with the job you are doing to get my home sold? Can I cancel my listing contract?
Most agents lock you into a lengthy listing contract, which they can get out of (by ceasing to effectively market your home) but you can't. There are usually penalties and broker protection periods which safeguard the agent's interests, but not yours. How confident is your agent in the service he will provide you? Will he allow you to cancel your contract without penalty if your not satisfied with the service provided?
Evaluate each agent's responses to these 10 questions carefully and objectively. Who will do the best job for you? These questions will help you decide.
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