The biggest financial decision most of us will ever make and do we treat it that way? If you are selling or buying have you done some homework? Some questions you should be asking yourself or your prospective representative:
- Is the agent you're using experienced? how much business have they done? are they familiar with the different types of financing,technologies, laws, that it takes to sell your property and avoid pitfalls, do they know how to negotiate?
- are they working in your best interest? is your goal to sell as quick as possible or to maximize your net value of your property, not everyone wants or needs to sell in 3 days- is the agent low balling you or overpricing you to get the listing? are they explaining the difference between a full service listing and cut rate commission listing
- are you dealing with the person you think you are hiring or are you dealing with an assistant, are you dealing with someone who does real estate full time - do they have a "real job" somewhere else.
- what are the hours of availability, what systems do they have backing them up to answer client calls, have information available to clients both the techie and the traditional client.
- do they recognize a qualified offer? do they have a network of lenders, title, attorneys, inspectors, maintenance people that they know they can trust when they are told looks good should be good for settlement
ask yourself if you've asked these questions