For Buyers, Sellers and Investors--How to "Interview" a REALTOR® and Get Happy Results

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Real Estate Broker Owner with Asheville 1031 Realty 209970

When it comes to serious decisions that impact your life, like buying or selling real property, you want to be happy with the choices you make! Authentic communication and teamwork are  musts. So my team at our Firm and I sat down and created a short and sweet quiz. We think, on a scale of 1-10, it's a 10;  that it can be really useful to buyers, sellers and investors. You can get to know a REALTOR® and the individual you will be employing. Then  a mutually beneficial working relationship is sure to be close at-hand..

"Interview" a REALTOR ®  and Get Happy Results

Rate responses from 1 to 5 (1 = So-So and 5 = Super). Then add up the total.
The REALTOR® you choose should have at least 70 points!

1.How do you like the Real Estate business? What do you like most about it?

2.Are you a REALTOR® member of the Board of REALTORS? And full-time Broker/agent?

3.Tell me a little bit about your background in Real Estate.

4.What can you tell me about your office? (The way an office functions a matter of personal preference. Some folks feel that they like to work with a team for the depth and scope of services. )

5.Whom do you represent? (It is IMPORTANT to know whom your broker represents at all times!)
Do you have a brochure to explain the Law of Agency?

6.Do you have special knowledge of particular market segments...like Energy Efficient Homes? Do you have advanced training and designations? Tell me what this means to me?

7.Do you specialize in any neighborhoods or geographical areas?

8.Will you set aside time to listen to what is important to me and then plan ahead so that we can accommodate our schedules?

9.Are you in this business for the "long haul"? How will you work with me?

10.I've told you something about my buying/selling needs...What is your understanding of what I need? (Has the agent listened to what you say?)

11.Tell me about your marketing and advertising program.

12.Are you a Member of the MLS System? Will my home be listed on the Multiple List? Are you expert on the MLS so you could find me an uncommon property, maybe one with a waterfall on it?

13.Do you provide computer-based consulting and analysis? AND how does this work?

14.Do you have a personal/ office website? A blog? How familiar with the Internet are you? Can you set up virtual tours?

15.Do you work with REALTOR.com? Do you have national market coverage?

16.Will you hold an open house for other agents? (Most professional agents don't hold open houses for the public because statistically open houses do not attract serious buyers.)

17.Do you provide me with contacts  to a network of professionals?

18.Can you refer me to an attorney to prepare all legal documents? (LAW in North Carolina)

19.What's one of your favorite Real Estate stories?

20. What's your overall impression of my situation?...


TOTAL _______


You can only select one REALTOR®; i.e. can only sign a contract with one! So use this quiz,
and pick THE "Right" REALTOR® for YOU. ...and let me know if there are any questions you would like to add to this list!!!

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Corey. Great idea. 1) Tell me what you NEED (I'm listening) 2) What's your timeframe? 3)Are you all set with your Pre-Approval Letter? 4...
February 08, 2007 10:41 AM
Rainer
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Corey Atherton
Suncadia Real Estate Sales Company

1. If we find the perfect property today how soon would you hope to make an offer?

2. Is there another family member/business partner that you would need to discuss the "perfect find" with before making an offer or are you the decision maker?

3.  Budget or preapproval amount?

February 08, 2007 12:40 PM
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John Thomas

4. Do you have a plan for moving all set up?

5. How soon do you want to move?

6. Are you excited about moving? Or is this going to be a real chore for you?

February 09, 2007 01:09 PM
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Corey~

You commented, " I hope buyers and sellers keep all these questions in mind when deciding on an agent that will give them the best service possible." Good point...and thanks.

January 03, 2008 02:24 PM
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Everyone~ 

I'm adding these suggestions (below) as a conversation real estate professionals could entertain with potential clients... (see comments above)...let me know if you have others to add...

 

 Tell me what you NEED (I'm listening)
 What's your timeframe? 
 Are you all set with your Pre-Approval Letter?. 
  If we find the perfect property today how soon would you hope to make an offer?
 Is there another family member/business partner that you would need to discuss the "perfect find" with before making an offer or are you the decision maker?
What's your budget or preapproval amount?
 Do you have a plan for moving all set up?
 Are you excited about moving? Or is this going to be a real chore for you?

 

January 03, 2008 02:32 PM
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