The 10 questions you should ask your realtor when selling your home
Learn how to choose a realtor who has your best interests at heart
Choosing the right realtor to sell your home is a big decision.
While your number one focus when selling your home should be to get the best price possible, there are other things you also need to consider when choosing a realtor to represent you.
Selling your home can be incredibly stressful, so it’s important to have a trusted professional by your side. To make the home-selling process as stress-free as possible, you should select a realtor who understands your goals and will keep you informed through every step of the process.
To help you choose the right person, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 questions you should ask your realtor before choosing them to sell your home.
1. What are your credentials?
The level of credentials your realtor has affects how well they’re able to advertise your home. They should at a minimum have a state license and belong to their local real estate trade association—meaning they have access to the MLS (multiple listing service). Some realtors are also members of the National Association of Realtors, which demonstrates that they have undertaken extra training to provide a better service to clients.
2. How many sales did you close last year?
A realtor with a good track record selling homes in your price range can give you confidence that they’re well-equipped to sell your home.
3. How long will it take to sell my home?
Be wary of realtors who make unrealistic promises or guarantees: they may lack the experience to anticipate and handle any problems that could arise during the selling process.
4. What areas do you specialize in?
Local knowledge is a great asset to look for in a realtor. With in-depth understanding of your neighborhood, they’ll be able to price your home correctly. Plus, they’ll know about any new developments which may affect the value.
5. How much will it cost me to sell my home?
Always choose a realtor who is upfront about any fees you need to pay, so you know exactly what to expect and can plan accordingly.
6. What’s your home selling strategy?
A proficient realtor will be able to explain how they plan to market your home, as well as offer you advice on staging and anything else you can do to improve your home’s desirability.
7. What’s your favorite thing about being a realtor?
This is a great question to gauge a prospective realtor’s excitement about working with you. If they’re truly passionate about what they do, they’ll take the time to understand your goals and work hard to secure the result you’re hoping for.
8. How will you keep me informed?
Before you start working together, it’s a good idea to establish a communication plan. Choose a realtor that respects your chosen communication method, be it text messaging, phone calls or email.
9. Can I see your references?
A proficient realtor will be able to provide you with testimonials from happy clients upon request.
10. What questions do you have for me?
An engaged realtor who’s eager to work with you will have already prepared questions to ask you, to learn more about you and your home-selling goals.
Thinking of selling your home?
When you put your home on the market, it’s important to have a qualified real estate professional by your side. At Florida Connexion, our trusted team of realtors have your best interests at heart every step of the way.