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May 26, 2021
In this blog post, we will cover the top 6 questions to ask your real estate agent before working with them. This way you can make a more informed decision about whom to work with when buying or selling your home.
The first question you should ask a real estate agent before working with them is how long they have been in the industry. Buying and selling a property can be very complex, so your agent must have experience dealing with clients who have similar needs to yours.
You want someone who is actively listing and selling homes. They will possess a deeper understanding of the market and know how to get your home sold for the top dollar.
The price of your home will affect how your home is listed. You will want to work with a real estate agent who has experience listing homes of a similar price to yours. They will know what sort of marketing will work best to sell your home.
Often agents will make you sign an exclusive buyer's agent agreement, which prevents you from firing the agent at will. Discuss with the agent before signing anything about this agreement and make sure this is someone you want to use.
It is best to address the elephant in the room right away and discuss commission costs. It may not be an easy conversation, but it will ensure that you know exactly what you are paying for and to expect from your real estate agent.
While it is normal for extra fees to be included in the sale commission, your Realtor may ask you to pay for things such as photography or staging. Having this conversation upfront allows you to plan for any additional expenses.
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