When someone is considering selling a home, the idea of a real estate transaction may seem simple enough at first. In reality, selling a home is much more difficult than it may seem. It is always a good idea to utilize the services of a licensed real estate agent when selling a home. Better yet, use a Thrive agent!
Using a licensed real estate agent will allow the seller to remain informed about exactly what must be done at every step during the home selling process. The question now becomes; how does a seller qualify a real estate agent? What questions should the home seller ask to find out about the Realtor and their qualifications?
The real estate agent is hired to do a job. Anytime someone is hired, it is necessary to ask certain questions in order to find the best person for the job. A good place to start is by getting references. Here are some of ours.
There is no set commission for selling a home. It is important for the seller to ask about any fees that may result in out of pocket expenses in addition to commissions. Some of these fees may include staging – our staging consultation is free of charge for our clients.
Here are several interview oriented questions you should ask:
- Ask for a copy of their resume – if the Realtor does not have one, that’s a red flag.
- Ask for a copy of their testimonials – if the Realtor does not have a substantial amount, that is a red flag.
- Ask for a copy of their home selling system – if the Realtor does not have a systemitized method that can be shown to you, that is a red flag.
- Ask them to see their website – if it is not excellent, how can you expect their marketing to be excellent?
- Ask for them to explain how they determine the price of your home – if they say they do a CMA (Comparative Market Analysis) alone, that is a red flag.
- Ask them about fees – the Realtor should be able to give you a clear, no nonsense answer about fees, if they cannot, that is a red flag.
- Ask them if they are a Thrive Realtor – if they are not, that is a red flag!