6 Questions to Ask a Realtor

It’s important to consider who you decide to work with when looking to buy or sell. We suggest asking your realtor a few questions before you get started so that the both of you are on the same page.

If a Realtor is working in the industry full-time they are more likely to be flexible with their schedule and be seriously committed to the transaction. While the number of years spent on the job does not always reflect the level of quality service you will receive, it does give you a good idea of how much experience a particular agent has. As in any profession, the more experience the better.

These days it is very common for agents to hire other people to work with them as their business grows. If an agent works with a team, you may want to know the role each member plays. Who will update you as you move through the process? Who will be at closing? Who do you call or email if you have questions?

While there is no right answer to this question, it is important to find out what sets your Realtor apart. Each Realtor has their individual strengths and it is important to know what details they focus on most during a transaction.

Information from past clients is always a good way to measure how successful a Realtor is with meeting the needs of their clients. It’s a reliable way for you to better understand a Realtor’s work style and find out if they are compatible with your own.

In West Michigan, it is customary that the seller pays all the agent commissions. Sometimes there are other fees, such as administrative fees or service fees that are charged to clients. It’s best to be aware of all costs from the start.

Each Realtor’s system for contact is different. Some will contact you daily, while others will contact you on a weekly basis. Some prefer to communicate through email while others prefer texts and calls. By asking this question, you and your Realtor will be able to set expectations and better understand each other.

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