When it comes to purchasing or selling a home, these are tasks that can end up becoming rather stressful when the times comes to do either one. Many people believe it makes more sense to hire an expert to handle these types of tasks, as well as all of the details involved with them, meaning that real estate agents are likely better off handling all of the work, as well as getting you a much better deal.

Here are four of the best questions that you should always consider asking your realtor when it comes to one of the biggest investments you will ever make in your lifetime: your home.

Does the realtor work alone or as part of a team?

Regardless of what the answer may be, it’s always a good idea to know who you will be working with no matter what. There are also both pros and cons in terms of working with teams, with one of the biggest cons being that you may not be working with the individual that you actually hired. This means that if you call with a question that’s on your mind, then the person you’ve become familiar with speaking to may not actually be available. However, working with a team means that you will likely end up getting more attention and a personalized amount of service as well.

How many clients does the realtor currently have?

This is information that you will want to obtain ahead of time, as if the number is rather high, this could serve as an indication that you may not get as much one-on-one attention. Furthermore, this could also show that the realtor themselves may be difficult to reach at times since they could be constantly working with other clients, and as a result, it could not only lead to a more frustrating experience for you, but it could also result in a negative overall impact on the sale of your home as well. However, working with a realtor who doesn’t have a lot of clients could serve as an indication that they don’t have a lot of experience or that it could simply be a side job for them.

Can you view their references?

No matter what, always ask to view a realtor’s references. When they provide them, take the time to cal a few of them and ask about their experiences with the realtor. For instance, were they pleased with the work that was offered? Were they easy to contact? Were the references always kept well informed? Would they recommend the realtor to others? This type of information and the answers you receive will better help you make a more informed decision on whether or not you should hire the realtor for your own home sale.

What drawbacks are involved with your home?

It’s always a good idea to ask the realtor to evaluate all of the flaws involved with your home as a way to learn all other types of important information as part of interviewing them. For instance, if they let you know about things that sound like legitimate flaws, this will let you know that the realtor has a sharp eye and that they are honest. However, if they fail to point out what you already know are flaws about your home, this will let you know that they aren’t honest and are only trying to sweet-talk you into signing a contract with them.

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