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Eight Things to Ask Potential Real Estate Agents
When buying or selling real estate in Boynton Beach, you may choose to work with a real estate agent who can make the process easy. The Nest suggests asking these eight questions before making your selection.
When buying or selling real estate, you may choose to work with a real estate agent who can make the process easy. The Nest suggests asking these eight questions before making your selection.
1. Are you a member of the National Association of Realtors? - While the answer to this question doesn't jeopardize their ability to find you the perfect home or get your listing sold, the source notes the organization holds high professional standards for its members. Finding an agent who is a member can provide more peace of mind.
2. Are you a member of MLS? - Having access to the Multiple Listing Service is important, as it allows agents access to homes that are represented by other agencies. This provides buyers with a larger variety of potential homes, while sellers are marketed to more buyers through their agents.
3. How long have you been in the business? - The more experience your real estate agent has, the better they will likely handle the transaction of buying and selling. You may also want to make sure that real estate is their full-time profession, as part-time agents may not be able to dedicate as much time as you would like as a seller or buyer.
4. Do you work on the weekends? - The most popular time for open houses is on the weekends, generally in the afternoon, so the source says to make sure your seasoned agent doesn't take those days off so they can accompany you on your search or host your home's open house.
5. How many homes have you sold? - If selling, this is an important question to ask and the agent will likely know the amount from the previous year. This can indicate their dedication to getting homes sold, although it is important to factor in the current housing market.
6. How will you represent us? - This will reveal just how much your potential real estate agent will be present. Make sure they include housing inspections, the mortgage approval process and at your home's closing.
7. Are you familiar with the area? - There are many reasons you will want to select an agent who is familiar with your city and local community. When buying, this will be helpful in ensuring the homes you are looking at are priced correctly and fall into desirable school zones. As a seller, you will want someone who can provide potential buyers with all the information they will want to know about the area.
8. How do you prefer to communicate? - Depending on your lifestyle, you may want an agent that will call you with updates daily or simply email you potential homes when buying or offers when selling. Finding an agent who matches your communication needs is crucial.