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Ask These 7 Questions Before Hiring a Virginia Beach Real Estate Agent
Dated: April 30 2020
Finding the Right Virginia Beach Real Estate Agent Can Be Tricky, But Don’t Rush the Process…
Whether you’re looking to buy or sell a home, it’s a time-consuming process that tends to have a lot of emotions involved. You might be worried, stressed out or in the event of selling your home, a bit upset at the idea of saying goodbye. The right real estate agent can walk you through the process from start to finish - making it a more positive experience throughout. You’re bound to spend a lot of time with your real estate agent, so it’s important to make sure they’re well-suited to you and your unique requirements.
Here are the 7 questions we highly recommend asking BEFORE you hire a real estate agent to help you buy or sell a home:
- Which neighborhoods do you do most of your work in?
If you’re selling your home or looking to buy a home in a particular neighborhood, it’s important to work with a real estate agent that’s familiar with that area. This way, they’ll be able to give you in-depth information on selling points, the median selling price, and other important details to help you make an informed sale or purchase. For instance, we’re familiar with a range of neighborhoods in Hampton Roads.
- Are you a full-time or part-time real estate agent?
A full-time real estate agent tends to have a lot more availability and time to dedicate to their clients whereas a part-time real estate agent may have “off-hours” wherein they’re unable to help you. This can be particularly stressful if you’re buying or selling your first home and have a lot of questions or concerns to discuss. If you feel fairly confident in the process of buying or selling a home, you may be perfectly comfortable with a part-time agent.
- What parts of the transaction do you tend to delegate?
Any business owner will tell you that delegation is the key to success, but you don’t want to work with a real estate agent that delegates virtually all aspects of the transaction. You want them to be involved throughout the process. Sure, it’s great if they delegate marketing or home inspections, but they should be involved in things like the qualification of buyers or open houses that are held.
- Do you have previous clients I can speak to?
There’s nothing more valuable than insight from past customers. This allows you to learn more about the real estate agent’s strengths, weaknesses, and overall, how well they assisted throughout the buying or selling process. If they have previous clients you can speak to, ask them about the real estate agent’s responsiveness, availability, and how helpful they were throughout the process.
- How do you typically advertise and market homes?
Naturally, this is only applicable if you’re hiring a real estate agent to sell your home. Find out what they usually do in terms of advertising and marketing. It’s important to ensure a mix of online and offline marketing to reach a broad range of potential buyers. Nowadays, social media is a great way to find potential buyers who are interested in purchasing a home. Sure, open houses are great, but is that all they’re planning to do?
- What makes you stand out against the competition?
If they don’t have an answer to this question, it’s probably a good idea to pass on them. Any great real estate agent will be able to tell you what makes them stand out against the competition. It might be their personal level of experience in the local market or it might be the fact that they’re readily available whenever you need them, but there should be something that differentiates them.
- Can you explain the process and any applicable costs to me?
Whether you’re buying or selling a home, the process can be lengthy and time-consuming. You’ll want to be well-aware of the process, and any applicable costs associated with marketing, closing, etc. before you get started. A real estate agent should be able to explain the process and any applicable costs in-depth before you start listing or looking.
Whether you’re looking to buy or sell a home in Virginia Beach, VA, give us a call at 757-350-1149 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to start planning your next move now! I’m here to answer any questions you may have about your real estate goals.
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