How long have you been doing this? What communities do you specialize in? Can I get references? These are typical questions you might want to ask before you hire a Basking Ridge REALTOR®. But to truly get a feel for a real estate agent, consider asking some of these a-typical questions. They’re good indicators of how an agent operates and handles issues that might arise throughout the process.
What You Really Should Ask Your Real Estate Agent Before You Hire Them
If you or a loved one were looking for a Basking Ridge home, which community would you choose? Why?
Real estate agents spend their days in the trenches. They see what’s trending and know the area well. You want a real estate agent who understands what you’re looking for. For example, you have young kids. The agent has young kids. Maybe they can give you the inside scoop on some of the best schools in the Basking Ridge School District. They might have personal knowledge of which teachers work best with students or school programs that your children could benefit from. Perhaps you like outdoor activities. An agent should be able to tell you which Basking Ridge communities provide the best amenities for an active lifestyle.
How can I fit house-hunting into my already hectic schedule?
Let’s face it, most of us are in a time crunch to get through our days already. Adding house-hunting to the mix oftentimes feels overwhelming. A real estate agent who asks you for your wish list and then scouts properties before showing you means that they’re willing to do the legwork for you. Then, you don’t waste your valuable time looking at properties that don’t fit the bill. If they tell you to look online and let them know which ones you want to see, you might want to keep looking for an agent.
Who was your most difficult client and how did you handle the situation?
It’s easy enough to listen to glowing reviews from past clients. Those tend to be the ones highlighted by an agent. However, to truly get to know who you’d be working with, ask them about their most difficult transaction. What happened and why? What was the conflict? How did they handle it? Was there a resolution? What did the agent learn from the experience? This helps you gain insight into their conflict resolution skills as well as how they hold up in tough situations.
If the seller doesn’t accept my offer, is there anything I can do besides raising my offer price?
Believe it or not, the highest offer doesn’t always win. A good real estate agent should be able to come up with other ideas about how to make your offer more attractive without you having to dig deeper into your savings account.
When interviewing a real estate agent, these questions can be just as important as the typical ones you might think to ask. But, they can provide an insight that you wouldn’t normally get through regular questioning. Contact us to schedule a face-to-face interview. We’d love to talk to you.
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