Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk: August 2010

Questions to ask a Real Estate Agent - Realtor in Virginia Beach before you hire them. Questions to ask before you list your home in Chesapeake Virginia.

Questions to ask a Real Estate Agent - Realtor in Virginia Beach   before you hire them.
Questions to ask before you list your home in Chesapeake Virginia.

WaitingThe following questions will help you select the right agent that will help and not hinder the sale of your home. These are not the only questions that you should ask the listing agent that you are interviewing, but these are questions related to how my buyers find homes, and what it takes for me "the buyers agent"  to contact them and show their listings. The listing agent with the most listings is not always the best agent.
 
- Are you a top producer?
Yes, then ask
- How many listings do they have and how
many do they sell per month.  
- What is the average time on market from listing to sold?
- Does the agent answer his/her phone within 2 hours?
- Are you an agent who is part of a team where only the team leader numbers are on the home/listing  information.
Yes, then ask
How will my listing get sold to the people calling about my home, as the person answering the phone has never seen the home nor the location of the home?  I have called about homes listed by agents in these type of situations and have not been able to get the correct information or any information at all .  If I ask for the listing agent who is familiar with the property I now have to deal with delayed messages and wait for call backs.    I didn't show 2 homes like that this week because I found  50+  homes that matched my clients criteria with easy access,  I will not waste my time trying to find this agents.  I will show these homes as a last resort.
Questions to ask a Real Estate Agent - Realtor in Virginia Beach   before you hire them.
Questions to ask before you list your home in Chesapeake Virginia.


If your home is not in the best condition:
the Interview of a home for sale Virginia Beach
- Will you be truthful about my home, so that it is priced and advertised to sell?
Selling a home in less than perfect condition can be done without a problem, if marketed to the
right buyers.

How are you going to advertise my home?

- How many pictures are you going to upload onto the MLS?  My clients ask me to show me homes because of the pictures they are seeing on the Internet. 
- Open houses.  Is there a plan for these Open houses.  Too many is not good, it makes the seller appear desperate.
- Flyers.  
- Virtual tour
- Youtube movies
 -Do you allow your listing to be marketed on the Internet?  Some agents will not allow the listing to go all over the Internet.  This way only buyers with access to a local area MLS will get information about your listing.     87% or more of prospective buyers start their search on the Internet, and most buyers don't know how to get to websites that have access to local MLS or Multiple Listing Service. On the Internet your buyer has to be savvy enough to make it to the agents website.    This reduces your chances of  your home to be found by over 87% 
-Are you  Internet savvy? Are they manually going to upload your listing to the 30+ websites they are promising to, or are they going to syndicate them, where software programs pick up the information they choose to relay.  Are they going to check to make sure that your home is listed on all those websites that they are promising?
- Show me your active listing advertising online...live.  On your home computer you can google their listings.  The address of their listings should be on page one at the top of the page.  This should be the minimum that they are achieving.
- Do they return phone calls promptly.  Who handles their business when they are unavailable
- Will they contact you with daily/weekly updates.

- Are you  a new agent, Yes then ask
- Do they have a mentor?  What is the record of  mentor.

Are you a part time agent  
Yes, then ask
- How many hours can they dedicate to real estate?
- Is he/she able to answer their phone on their other job?
Questions to ask a Real Estate Agent - Realtor in Virginia Beach   before you hire them.
Questions to ask before you list your home in Chesapeake Virginia.
Home sold in Virginia Beach - Chesapeake Virginia

I am not trying to bash top producers, as I know many capable ones, but I have found that some of these agents make it hard to show the homes they have listed.  Although systems make  life easier and profitable for  listing agents, it does not always benefit the seller.   I know top producers who answer their own phones, and their assistants have visited every home they have listed.
I also know new agents who although part time, are committed to making the transition to their real estate careers, and have a knack for the business that agents with years of experience lack.

To SELL or BUY  Real Estate in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake or Hampton Roads visit my website. http://www.tererottink.com/  visit my Blog at HamptonRoadsrealEstateVoice.com 

Call me at: 757-502-5324

Questions to ask a Real Estate Agent - Realtor in Virginia Beach   before you hire them.
Questions to ask before you list your home in Chesapeake Virginia.  was first published on Hampton Roads Real Estate VoiceCopyright © 2010 By Tere Rottink, All Rights Reserved.



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