It is important to ask a realtor a few questions before you ask for their help in buying or selling a house. You want to be able to know that they will do the best possible job for you.
It is important to make sure that they know the area well. Ask them if they know much about the local area with regards to schools, shops and other properties. These are things that potential buyers want to know about and so the better they know about it, the more chance you have of selling or buying.
It is also worth asking them how long they have been licensed for. A new person to the job may not have so much knowledge and you want to make sure that the money you are paying them is worth it. Some new trainees have a mentor with them, so that they can start to gain the appropriate knowledge. This can be a good option as you will then have two contacts that you can use, rather than just one.
If you are selling a property then you want to know what the realtor charges. There is likely to be a fee and commission and so you need to be aware of this from the start. The fees can be negotiable when you sign up with them and so you need to know what they are so you can bargain with them.
It is also worth asking them what they will do in the way of marketing. They should be using the Internet, networking and MLS listings as well as other things and they should be able to explain exactly what their plan is. It is important to make sure they do have one or else your home may not be marketed well.
It is also important to find out how a realtor will make sure that their house fits in with their requirements. They will normally put clients on auto search and they will be emailed with relevant properties when they become available. A good realtor will then follow up with a telephone call. With all this information and knowing what questions to ask, it should not be hard to find a good realtor.