Whether you are buying or selling property, the real estate agency you hire to represent you in the transaction is your first major decision. To help you decide whether an agency is the right one, you should have an in-depth conversation with them about their services and your plans. Start with the questions below.
What to Ask a Real Estate Agency
1. How Many Transactions Like Mine Have You Handled in the Past Year?
This will help you understand how much relevant experience the agency has. Some agents only work part-time, for example, or focus specifically on representing buyers or sellers. They may also focus on real estate in a specific area. If the agency can tell you about multiple closings they’ve had in the past year in your real estate market, then you can trust they have both the local and contract knowledge to help you.
2. How Do You Communicate?
You and your agent should have an open line of communication through the entire process. They should be willing to communicate with you in the way you prefer, such as phone calls, emails, or texting. They should set your expectations for how often you’ll hear from them for updates.
3. How Long Have You Been Selling Real Estate?
Real estate is a commission-based business; naturally, agents who aren’t good at their jobs will give up quickly and move onto something else. If an agency has been in business for a long time, you can trust that they are relatively successful. That experience will also work in your favor when it comes to leveraging their network, handling negotiations and more.
4. How do you use technology as a listing agent?
It is so important these days for real estate agent to use technology in this market. It might be a sellers market right now but that is changing. The only way to find out the true value of your home is to get as many people through your home as possible. It is truly a numbers game. A seller (even in a sellers market) needs to get enough traffic through door to get a real indication of market sentiment about value. It is the job of the listing broker to get a lot of people through the home. Exposure on the internet is the only way to do that in 2019.
Orson Hill Realty is the industry leading real estate agency of Evergreen, CO. Their agents will work with you one-on-one to determine your goals, then use their local knowledge to help you in your sale or purchase. Start browsing listings online and call them at (303) 835-9895 to schedule a consultation with a realtor.