How to Hire a Real Estate Agent

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We are so fortunate to have clients coming back to us again and again for their real estate needs. Every client is different and we pride ourselves on serving them thoroughly and consistently each and every time.

If you are looking to hire an agent, we would encourage you to ask questions before you make a decision. Lots of questions! Then we would urge you to measure your potential agent’s responsiveness, and look at their reviews, ratings and client testimonials.

Below are some of the most important questions to ask as you find the perfect agent(s) for you:

The Interview Questions

1. How long have you worked as an agent?

2. How many clients have you represented?
There is simply no substitute for experience. The most experienced agents often have an agent in training as they understand that being a good agent is a learning process that doesn’t happen overnight.

3. How familiar are you with the area(s) that I’m selling/interested in buying?
Knowing an area is critically important. How’s the traffic? Where are the parks and green spaces? How are the schools? Your agent should literally know these answers without having to do lots of research and get back to you!

The Responsiveness’ Test

Responsiveness is hugely important to most buyers and sellers, and frankly, it should be. Buying and selling can be scary and stressful, so being able to get in touch with your agent quickly and efficiently is very important.

How do you determine if your potential agent is responsive? Very simply reach out to them via online or by phone, and see how long it takes them to reply. If they don’t respond in a reasonable time period, you’ve gotten your answer on this particular prospect.

Reputation

The vast majority of agents who are hired for the first time to represent a client, are hired became of a personal referral or recommendation.

There are tons of digital breadcrumbs that are left for you to explore. Take a few minutes and read what is on line.

Of course, Sarah and Lisa of the Chatel Group would love to have the opportunity to professionally represent you, but with whoever you are considering, please due your due diligence. Hiring the right real estate professional can make the process so much better and rewarding for you.

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