Who you decide to work with when looking to buy or sell is critical. Make sure to ask your realtor a few questions before you get started so that the both of you are on the same page.
Are you a full time Realtor and how long have you been in the business?
You wouldn't want a part-time surgeon or dentist working on you would you?
When the economy is good, new realtors flood the market looking to make a quick buck. Many have other full-time jobs and work for smaller boutique real estate company's to save money & don't get the needed ongoing training & support. This can be a recipe for disaster.
If a Realtor is working full-time they are continually staying on top of the latest real estate laws & legal forms and practices needed to fulfill their fiduciary responsibilities to their clients. One transaction will not make or break them. They are focused & more committed to finding you just the right home, negotiating the best possible price & assuring a smooth and succesful transaction--no matter how long it takes. As in any profession, expereince is priceless.
Do you work alone or with a team?
2 or three heads are better than one. Successful agents hire people focused on specific tasks of a transaction to work with them to assure nothing falls between the cracks & satisfied customers.
Why choose you / What is your specialty?
Each Realtor has their individual strengths and it is important to know what they do, how they do it and why it works.
Can you give me past client references?
Past clients experiences are critical in measuring how successful a Realtor is with meeting the needs of their clients. Online reviews can be a reliable way for you to better understand a Realtor’s work style and find out if they are compatible with your own.
How will you get paid?
In Washington, the seller pays the agent commissions. Sometimes there are other fees, such as administrative fees or service fees that are charged to clients. It’s best to be aware of all costs from the start.
How do we keep in contact during the process?
Timely & consistent communication is essential during the process of dealing with most people's biggest financial decision. Establish up front-your best means of communication. Daily or weekly. Phone, text or email. By asking the right questions, you and your Realtor will be able to set expectations and better understand each other.