Perhaps you’ve heard good reviews from friends or colleagues about a certain realtor, but after an initial meeting, you don’t feel like they are the best fit to help you. Maybe you have previous experience working with your current realtor, but you feel unsure about whether or not you should work with them again. Choosing a real estate agent is a big decision, and you can use the questions below to be sure you are making the best choice about who will help you buy a new home or sell your current home.
1. How easily can you communicate with your real estate agent?
It’s incredibly frustrating when you have a question to ask your realtor, and you’re not able to get a response even after texting or calling multiple times. Perhaps your realtor has a habit of taking several hours – or even multiple days – to get back to you. They always apologize and explain how busy they are, but the same scenario continues to play out over and over again. This can be especially difficult to accept if you’re shopping for homes in a competitive market and you know that you need to act quickly if you don’t want to get passed over for another buyer who is able to submit an offer more quickly. Make sure you’re partnering with a realtor who has a solid communications strategy and is able to respond consistently within a reasonable timeframe.
2. Does your real estate agent’s personality mesh with yours?
3. How involved has your agent been with the market in recent months?
One piece of advice you’ll often hear about finding a realtor is to check for recent sales. This tells you how involved they are with their real estate practice and how familiar they are with recent trends and patterns. Typically a full-time realtor is one who has closed ten or more sales over the past year. You would prefer to learn that one or two of these sales have happened in recent months. This gives you confidence that your realtor is well-informed on the current state of the market. It also means that they have recently worked with other agents and key industry professionals such as home inspectors and title companies. If your realtor hasn’t completed many sales over the past year, it’s possible that real estate is only a side hustle for them. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this, but it could impact their ability to give you their complete focus and attention, especially if another job is taking up a significant amount of their time.
4. Are you receiving multiple offers but still waiting to close a deal?
Have you received multiple offers on your home only to see them fall through before completion? This may be a sign that something is happening during the negotiating process. An effective realtor knows how to negotiate to get you the best possible price. They also have strong insight and intuition that tells them when it’s time to make small compromises and what needs to happen in order to close the deal.
5. How effectively is your realtor marketing your home?
6. What does your realtor know about the current state of the market?
7. Can you trust your real estate agent?
Fernanda Negromonte has spent many years working in the local real estate market. Over that time, she has earned a reputation as one of the most trusted and knowledgeable realtors throughout Winter Garden and the surrounding area. She would be honored to partner with you as you work to buy a new home or sell your current property.