Selling a home is both a challenging and rewarding experience. Make the process as smooth as possible by working with a REALTOR® who can guide you throughout the process. Here are important questions to ask when looking for the right real estate agent:
- How long have you been in the business?
Not only should your REALTOR® be knowledgeable about real estate, but they should have the experience to back it up. Keep in mind, however, that the number of years they’ve been in the business doesn’t always guarantee good service. Ask them about the clients they’ve represented and how many got to closing. Ideally, you’ll want to work with a REALTOR® who has successfully helped a good number of clients sell their homes, and has experience in the type of property you want to sell.
- What areas do you specialize in?
A successful real estate transaction involves knowing the neighborhood and the local market. Ask your REALTOR® about the latest real estate trends in the areas they focus on. They should be able to tell you about property values, popular housing types, notable landmarks, and other market data.
- What is your business philosophy?
Knowing a REALTOR® ’s business philosophy gives you a clear idea of their goals and how they do business. This is important because you want to work with someone you’ll feel comfortable with and can rely on to help you realize your real estate goals. If you’re not impressed with a REALTOR® ’s business philosophy, look for someone else whose work ethic is more compatible with yours.
- How will you market my home?
It’s not easy to stand out in listings, but nothing is impossible with the right marketing. Grab the attention of buyers by working with a REALTOR® who has a clear plan on how to market your home. Ask them how they plan to stage the home and if they know someone who can take professional photos. You can also ask them to show you examples of marketing materials they’ve used in the past.
- How will you keep in touch?
Constant communication with your REALTOR® is key when selling your home. Whether it is through phone, by email, or in person, ask them how they plan to keep in touch. While there’s no right or wrong answer, it all depends on the communication style that works best for both of you.
- What do you do differently from other seller agents?
Any agent can claim they know how to sell a home, so see how a potential REALTOR® stands out from the rest. Ask them about what they can do to take it a step further so that you can sell your home fast and for the best price. You can also inquire about any special designations or certifications they may have.
- Can I contact your last three clients?
To get an in-depth look at your agent’s performance and competence, ask for a list of previous clients that can serve as references. Take the time to talk to these clients and ask them about the agent’s strengths, weaknesses, and working style. At least three references would be a good number. A quick online search can also direct you to past clients who have left reviews or testimonials.
Work with TeamW Realty
TeamW Realty is an award-winning team with over 20 years of real estate experience. Get in touch with them today at 604.737.8865 to learn more about selling your home in Vancouver. You can also email them at izabela(at)teamwrealty(dotted)ca or lucy(at)teamwrealty(dotted)ca.