What should you be asking your agent about? EVERYTHING.
You should feel comfortable asking your realtor any and all questions that come to mind. This is why some of the most important questions you'll ask during your buying process start way before looking at homes.
Here are some things I recommend you get clarity on when you're interviewing a potential buying agent.
What To Ask Before You Hire A Realtor
- Are you full-time or part-time?
- What is your availability like?
- What's the best way to contact you?
- How many clients are you currently working with?
- How long have you been an agent?
- How will you keep in contact with me during the buying process, and how often?
The best ability is availability. If your schedules don't align there's really no sense in moving to the next set of questions.
- What is your experience in the _______ market? Have you ever bought/sold a home there?
- Do you work independently or with a team?
- How many homes did you help buyers close in the past year?
- Do you specialize in a specific type of home/price point?
- Can you provide client references or reviews?
According to Albert Einstein, "the only source of knowledge is experience." This isn't to say a newly licensed agent can't get the job done but it's better that you know you're working with someone that's fresh out of the classroom. In the real estate world, there are many things that can go wrong with a transaction. A good agent will help you through turbulent times. A great agent can help you avoid them completely.
For more questions you should be asking your realtor check out the newest Rochester Real Estate Show:
Questions That Buyers Should Ask Their Realtor... But Aren't