Many people who are looking to buy or sell a home want to know everything they can about the market, the area, and how their real estate agent is going to help them either sell their home or find the home of their dreams. Luckily we are just the people to ask. With our local experience and expertise, we know just about everything there is to know about this business. Before you do business with any company, you should know which questions you should ask your realtor. Here are three questions to ask your realtor:
Can I contact your references?
In a world where we are surrounded with impersonal technology, speaking to someone personally is still the best way to get to know them and to get their opinion. Anyone can put positive reviews online, but getting a real, honest reference of character from former customers or colleagues is the gold standard. If they are hesitant, then you know something is up.
What is the trend in the market right now?
Not only should the agent get to know you, your home, or your preferences, they should also know the area like the back of their hand. This means that they should be able to tell you where everything is, what the condition is, and what the status of market is. Ask if things are on the uptick or the decline. Ask what normal home prices are like, and if there is development in the area. These are important questions for you to know the answers to.
What angle are you going to take? (for sellers) or how realistic are my expectations (for buyers)?
Depending on what you are looking for, you are going to want to know the answers to these questions. If you are a seller, then you are going to want to know how this agent plans to market your home to people in the area. How are they going to spice it up? What are they going to promote? To whom will they show it? What are its strengths and weaknesses?
On the flipside, as a buyer you are going to want to know how realistic your expectations are. Can you get a home like you want at your price? Are there many in the area? Should you expect to pay more money? You need someone who is both knowledgeable and up front with you on these issues. These are the questions you should always ask your realtor before doing business.
Buying or selling a home always goes much more smoothly when using an experienced, qualified realtor. Brett Cairns at REMAX Ocean Pacific Realty has built a solid reputation in the Comox Valley area and knows the ins and outs of the local market.