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4 Questions to Ask a Real Estate Agent Before Hiring One

You’ve decided you want to sell your house, or maybe you are looking to buy your first home. What do you do after you browse online and daydream about where you want to live? You find a real estate agent to assist you with the process! Your agent is the person who can help you sell your current property and get you into your next great place. To seek out the right agent for you, you likely ask friends, family, and co-workers for recommendations, and do a few searches online. You may note names on signs in yards of homes currently for sale in your area, too.

So now that you have a few names of agents to contact, how do you go about narrowing down your list of real estate agents to hire? Here are 4 questions to help narrow down your search quickly and decide who’s going to help you fulfill those new home dreams!

4 Questions to Ask a Real Estate Agent Before Hiring One

4 Questions to Ask a Real Estate Agent Before Hiring One

Do you specialize in the type of real estate help I need?

Whether you are buying or selling, searching for a bigger home or downsizing, looking for a home with acreage or a pool, seeking out your next property in a different town, or wondering if an agent is familiar with a special type of loan you’ll be using, it’s important to ask any real estate agent you are considering hiring how often they work with other clients for the same type of real estate need. Ask if they have helped others buy or sell in these areas. Ask them what their selling and buying specialty area is. You may even find an agent that has expertise with less common property features like homes with a well system or septic, farms, or large ranch properties. Identifying their experience and knowledge as it relates to your real estate needs will greatly narrow down your candidates.

Do you work with a team or independently?

Working with a real estate team can be a great help. An active agent with one or more team members often means more support for you as a buyer or seller. However, make sure you confirm with any agents you are interviewing who you will be interacting with and what parts of the process the agent themselves will be assisting you with. You want to be working with an agent that takes your business seriously and is the lead agent or broker helping you with your home sale or home purchase. You can visit an agent’s website to see more about how they practice their business.

Do you have established relationships with vendors and contractors in the area?

Some real estate agents and brokers can be an amazing resource for home services in your area. They can be a great asset to the community, providing you with recommendations for contractors and vendors that they love! Do you need a great plumber? They know one! Need a top notch home inspector or pest control company? They know the best people. Ask your candidates who they can refer for you. Maybe they even have a preferred contractors list or video series on their social media platforms.

Do you have any questions for me?

A good agent will have many questions for you, too. They will want to know as much as they can so they can show you the absolute best properties for your budget and needs, or list and sell your home as quickly and for as much money as possible. Do you want a home with a large yard? On the water? In the country with lots of acreage? What upgrades have you made to your home? Are you open to staging advice? What’s your annual HOA dues? The list will probably be long so they can get to know you and do the best job for you.

Look to the Best (Agent)

When you are ready to sell your current home or buy a new one, look to a top rated, experienced real estate agent that is very familiar with the locations and types of properties you love in the Memphis area. Whether it’s residential, commercial, or open land you’re looking for, work with a real estate agent you can trust.

I provide you with this type of professional and savvy real estate service.

Click here to learn more about me and how I can help you with your home sale, buying a parcel of land, or looking to move to a new home. My skills and education are focused on what you need for a great real estate experience. I would love to chat with you and answer any questions you might have. Contact me at (901) 828-8919 or drop me a quick note angie@angiekelley.com. Look forward to speaking with you today!

Angie Kelley, Crye-Leike Realtors
(901) 828-8919 or (901) 840-1181