It would be easy to write an article with standard questions you could ask prospective Realtors before committing to work with them. For example “how many years have you been a Realtor?” or “how many listings do you have”. Etc, Etc…
After my time working with and serving clients, I have found that it really beings with the buyer or seller themselves. Many times when I hear of someone not satisfied with their Realtor, it is because of a personality or expectation clash.
So in an effort to help you understand what might make your life easier when picking a Realtor to work with, here is a group of questions that will help you identify what you are looking for.
What is your personality like?
Am I quiet and cautious or am I energetic and bold? The ideal way to match yourself to a Realtor is to look at yourself and figure out how you would prefer your buying or selling experience to be. If you are the quiet and conservative type, you probably won’t be very comfortable with a slick, fast-talking salesman.
It can be difficult to judge a Realtor ’s personality from advertisements or headshots. This is why many people will ‘interview Realtors’ to find a good fit. If you don’t have the time or this process seems daunting, you can always call a brokerage.
Find a reputable brokerage in your town or city and give them a call. Typically you will reach the reception desk. The receptionists are the front line of the brokerage. They know all the Realtors that come and go throughout the office and they tend to get a sense of the Realtors personalities. Don’t be shy to ask them for a recommendation. They are normally very happy to do so.
Do you need extra support and care during the buying/selling experience?
If you have bought and sold multiple times and you know the ins and outs of the real estate process, you will likely be more prepared to use a well known, high volume Realtor. These Realtors will have a large network and great resources, but they will not have the time to do any handholding. They normally will carry a large roster of clients and tend to have assistants handle clients at certain stages of the process.
If you are an inexperienced home buyer or seller, you will likely not find it useful to employ a hotshot Realtor. It would be in your favor to choose a Realtor that is either in their twilight years and have slowed the pace of their business or a newer Realtor. Newer Realtors often get cast in a bad light due to having less experience.
Fortunately, this is not the case. New Realtors these days actually receive a lot more education and difficult testing before they can be licensed. Often times, the important legal information that keeps you safe is still fresh in their mind. In addition to this, new Realtors tend to have future clients. Newer Realtors are normally happy to take the time to sit and explain the process to you.
At the end of the day, it matters that you get along with your Realtor. If you dread seeing their number on your caller ID, you will likely find the buying/selling process stressful and unpleasant.