Being a first time buyer is an exciting time in your life. You’ve done a credit check, pre-approved your mortgage, and perhaps even started looking around for your potential home. Hiring a realtor can make the process easier for you. Real estate agents, however, are not created equal. Like a home itself, you have to find one that suits your needs and can cater to what you want. Here are a few things to ask a potential realtor during an interview:

  1. How many years have you been in the business?

Ask him or her for how long he’s been an agent. Not only that, it may also be important to inquire whether he or she is doing it only part time or considers it a full time business venture. This can make a whole world of difference.

  1. What types of properties do you usually deal with?

Consider what properties the real estate agent handles most of the time, and whether his or her clients are usually categorized into these types of properties. This will help you spot and expert in, say, small suburban homes or upscale city apartments. Knowing whether he or she has experience in dealing with property that you are looking for will help you find the perfect match.

  1. Can you give references?

Ask for references whom you can ask and contact these references. There is nothing like a personal feedback from a former client to answer questions the realtor might not have necessarily answered directly.

  1. How will you communicate with me?

Good communication can make any transaction smoother. In the process of buy and sell, it can mean a missed opportunity or a great deal. It is important to have a realtor that is a good communicator and will keep you up to speed with the progress of your transaction.

Remember that a good relationship with your realtor can make the process significantly less stressful. Happy hunting!

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