Over the last several years I’ve been asked to interview to be a client’s buying agent. Two of them happened in the last few weeks. So what does that mean, and as a Realtor do I recommend it?
Why Am I Seeing an Uptick in Interviewing Buying Agents?
One- Each year buyers are becoming more and more educated about the process before they dive in. They want to work with a Realtor who will take the time to fill in the blanks and guide them through the unknowns and sometimes grey home buying process.
Two- Due to the diversification and growth of our economy more buyers are moving into our market with larger budgets and looking at higher end homes. These buyers are usually seasoned home owners who know how important a local professional is. They often have one week or weekend to come to town and buy and they can’t afford the time or mistakes that can come with inexperience.
So as a Realtor, how do I feel about this? I LOVE IT.
I try very hard to sit down with all new clients and walk through the process. During this time I allow them to interview me and the process in general. But a formal interview where you are up against other agents is also an exciting way to do it and I’m down for the challenge.
So what are some questions you should be asking your Realtor? Among SO many additional things below are a few I recommend.
What is your area of expertise? This is important. Make sure your Realtor is experienced in the type of property you are purchasing. Condos, lakefront, foreclosures, specific markets all require a different type of expertise.
How long have you been in business?
Where can I read your reviews? You can often find these on Zillow and FaceBook.
What are your goals each year? What you are trying to determine here is if you are one of several clients they service at once, and will be handed off to an associate realtor, or if this Realtor plans to be your main point of contact throughout the process. Along with this question I would recommend following up with the below.