Most of us would never get involved with a life changing event without doing some research first. Buying a home is one of the biggest investments a person can make, and selling one can feel downright dizzying without the right support. That’s why it’s important to interview a potential real estate agent before deciding to hire him/her. Each home buyer and seller has a unique set of circumstances and property and needs the right person to help guide the process. While you may have an aunt or neighbor that’s a real estate agent, you should still ask them the following questions:
What is your real estate experience?
You might think that only well established real estate agents are worth hiring, but we think otherwise. A seasoned agent will bring a lot of experience to the table, but a newer agent may have more time to dedicate to your needs. At DeSelms Real Estate, our agents are part of team so that each client receives the expertise, education and personal attention they deserve. Regardless of the amount of time in the business, our real estate agents are poised to provide all the support and information needed for an excellent experience.
What are the areas/neighborhoods you primarily work?
Real estate agents that become experts within a certain area, neighborhood, community, etc are invaluable. They are able to provide details for schools, crime, livability and desirability for home buyers. They will also be familiar with the recent sales and home values in an area so can advise on home pricing for sellers. Real estate agents will have realistic timelines for the sale of a home in a certain area so sellers know what to expect. Great agents will also know which neighborhoods are transitional and could be the right fit for a first time homeowner.
How will you work with me through the home buying/ home selling process?
Because buying and selling a home is such an emotional life event, it’s important to pick an agent with a clear plan and excellent communication skills. Find out exactly how often you can expect to hear from him/her and what he/she will be doing with his time to work for you.
Can you provide references?
Real estate agents thrive off referrals since that’s often how their main source of networking. He or she should be more than happy to provide contact information from past clients who have agreed to be references. These clients can offer fantastic insight about working with the agent.
What makes you stand out as a real estate agent?
This is where your potential real estate agent can really shine if they hold special designations, have a strong track record or are part of an award winning team. You want someone who takes pride in their job and this is an opportunity for them to show that to you.
Are you looking for a great real estate agent in the Nashville area? Call DeSelms Real Estate today at 615.550.5565 and let our agents answer these questions!