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Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Real Estate Agent

Before you go about typing “real estate agent Mar Vista” into a search engine, you should have some idea of the things you want to know about them before you hire them. It’s best to be prepared. Here are some things to ask one when you talk to them:

How Long Have You Been A Real Estate Agent?

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While there is a chance that you could be talking to someone who, while inexperienced, has a real knack for it. Perhaps it was a family business and they picked up a lot from their other relatives. Still, it’s a good idea to go with experience.

This is because they will have had time to do things like negotiating other purchases or sales and learned some strategies along the way. They also will have built up a reputation in the real estate field. Both of these can benefit you.

How Many Homes Do You Close a Year

Again, you could be talking to a neophyte, but if you find that they close under 10 houses a year, there could be an issue. You do not want to ignore this potential warning sign that could possibly cost you money.

Do You Work With Buyers or Sellers or Both?

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There are agents who are the most comfortable working with people who want to buy a home. They can find the best home for the maximum allowable budget. Then there are those who are experts at doing things like arranging homes to be viewed for a sale.

It couldn’t hurt to get a specialist for whatever you want, but if you get one that works with both, you could gain some insights from them. Ultimately, you could wind up getting the best deal on either side.

Have You Helped People WIth Homes in this Area?

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“This area” would be Mar Vista, but it works for any area. If you have a real estate agent who knows a particular neighborhood well, then this is a great one to work with. They could help you find some hidden gems.

These are just a fraction of the questions that you want to ask. Others can include having them show you their license – can never be too careful – and whether you will be working with this particular agent or a team. It can never hurt to be prepared for this.

Ultimately, it’s a matter of trusting your instincts. Once you have satisfied that, you can go find your home.

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