The OC Housing Specialist® Ultimate Guide to Buying, Selling, & Renting in Southern California

5 Uncommon (But Essential) Questions to Ask When Choosing a Real Estate Agent

An agency agreement bonds you to using that particular agent for a certain amount of specified time. Before you sign an agency agreement, here are some very important factors to consider (that most websites won’t mention) when choosing a real estate agent:

  1. Are they legit? To ensure your safety, ask the agent to meet you at their office to give you a hiring presentation. They should be able to explain to you what sets them apart from other agents and why you should hire them for your particular transaction. Don’t forget to look up their license for validity!
  2. Do your personalities match? If you are able to easily chit chat, you’re much more likely to get along throughout the transaction. Almost all transactions hit bumps in the road and you need to find someone you feel comfortable speaking with.
  3. Do your communication styles match? If they take several days to return a phone call or text, but you prefer same-day contact, it just isn’t going to work. Likewise, if you prefer email updates and instead they are calling you in the middle of your work day several times instead, it is only going to lead to conflict.
  4. Are they willing to devote their time to you? The amount of sales or years experience an agent has is NOT as important as their commitment to you and your transaction right here, right now. Simply put, everyone starts somewhere and there are amazing agents willing to go the extra mile for you right out of the starting gate. Likewise, there are well-known agents who can’t be bothered with new clients and/or are just too busy, so you end up being put on a back burner or passed around to their assistants. Find an agent who will put you as their priority, not just someone who will have you sign an agency agreement and disappear into oblivion.
  5. Can they problem solve? It is important that an agent has immediate access to specialists within their network at any given time for a variety of possible needs. If you have a mortgage question, tax question, property boundary question, escrow question, investment question, and anything or everything between, a good agent will know professionals specializing in those areas for you to receive quick help in addressing your concern. If they are a newer agent, are they working on an experienced team, with a readily accessible broker, with oversight on your transaction? Essentially, what you need to know is: who is supporting your agent to ensure you are receiving the qualified expertise of an entire team working for you (and not just a single person)?

If you consider these 5 factors in your decision-making process, it will alleviate a lot of the potential stress and should help your transaction be a pleasurable one.

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This entry was posted on January 25, 2016 by in Buying, DIY, Investment, Selling.

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