10 things you should ask a real estate agent
Having the right real estate professional by your side can greatly improve your home-buying experience. A good rule of thumb is to interview a minimum of three candidates.
Here are 10 questions to ask during an interview:
Are you a full-time professional REALTOR®? How long have you
worked full-time in real estate? What geographic areas do you
Do you have a Website? What information can I find there?
How will you keep me informed during my home search and throughout
Do you have a staff or a team? If so, what roles will they play in
Will you show me properties from other companies’ listings?
(Some real estate companies do offer their buyers’ agents a
higher commission if they are able to sell “in-house”
listings. In those instances, there can be added incentive to limit
the range of homes you are shown. This may affect your home search
and how much you your agent’s fee will be.)
Will you represent me exclusively, or will you also represent the
seller? May I have that in writing?
How will you get paid? How are your fees structured? May I have that
What distinguishes you from other real estate agents? What is your
May I contact some of your recent clients as references?
Do you have a performance guarantee? If I am not satisfied with your
performance, can I terminate our buyer agency agreement?
(In the heavily regulated world of real estate, it can be difficult
to offer a performance guarantee. Typically, agents will outline
verbally what you can expect from their performance. Keller Williams
Realty understands the importance of win-win business relationships:
The agent does not benefit if the client does not benefit.)