What’s the best way to hire an agent?
I get asked this question a lot! The best way to hire a realtor is to ask your family & friends for suggestions or referrals. Your friends and families may have some excellent agent referrals, plus they may have firsthand experience to help you choose the right agent for you.Another great way to choose an agent is by going through an interview process. By doing so, you can sit down with an agent and discuss how they will help you. (Ie. Their marketing plans and what material they will offer). An interview also helps you decide whether these particular agents are motivated and fit best with you needs and wants.Most importantly, go with an agent you feel comfortable with.
When interviewing an agent, you need to look at more than just commission – you need to know what they are offering you in return for their services. Staging? Professional photos and a virtual tour of you home? Experience in negotiating? Are they familiar with your type of home and the best way to market it? For example, rural properties come with septic systems and drilled wells, is your agent familiar with these systems and the problems associated with them? Are they able to successfully negotiate the sale despite a failed inspection of the home or septic/water system?
All of these things need to be asked and accounted for, before the listing agreement is signed, to ensure a great experience for you, the homeowner! If you know anyone thinking of buying or selling, please refer me to them, I would be happy and honoured to interview for the position of their Realtor!
Have a wonderful long weekend!