You think that finding a good boat broker is difficult, depending on the volatility of the real estate market that you will be entering, choose incorrectly and you could be faced with working with a realtor for years instead of months. The key to finding the perfect real estate agent to work with is to ask them the right questions before you sign the contract. We sat down recently with Premier One, a Charleston SC real estate listing site and they gave us the following questions that will align you with the perfect realtor for your specific needs.
In no order of importance, here are some important questions to ask before hiring a real estate agent.
Are You a Full Time Realtor? This is a loaded question, because this is not saying part-time realtors do not work hard. What you want when you need a timely transaction is a realtor who is working around the clock, who lives and breathes real estate. The full-time realtor has many things going on at the same time in order to pay their bills and hustles around the clock to close as many deals as possible.
Do You Offer a Real Estate Rebate? The only way to find out is to ask, and many real estate agents are not willing to give up a small portion of their commission because they do work hard for that money. That being said, if yes, you could be walking away with $2,500.00 at closing in cold hard cash for doing nothing but signing with an agent who offers rebates.
How Many Houses Have You Closed This Year? Another loaded question, but you will find out how hard a worker this person is, especially in a slow market. If the market is dead and this realtor is killing it, you have to believe they have some great connections in the industry.
Do You Have Professional Connections? This is a question that could save you a fortune. The top real estate agents have developed professional relationships with home inspectors, closing realtors, bank lenders, mortgage professionals, just some of the people you may need their services during the sale.
How Long Have You Been a Realtor? The longer the better, this is a challenging industry and unless you have years to wait, you want to be working with an agent who knows all the ins and outs of this industry and will streamline the process so that you are at the closing in as little time as possible.
So don’t be shy about asking these questions because time is certainly money, and you want this transaction to be completed is as timely a meaner as possible.