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Interview With Real Estate Brokers

So your sister just introduced you to her friend Irving, a real estate agent, to help you sell your house. But he's always late for showings, failed to complete all the necessary paperwork, and generally not very good at his job. Now you're stuck with him, right? Absolutely wrong! Choosing the right person to sell your home is one of the most important steps of selling and can affect everything from the selling price to the time and effort involved in selling your house. Therefore, choose wisely.

This article provides some pointers on how to interview real estate brokers in order to choose one that suits your needs. Remember, even an agent with a great track record may not be the right one for you. See FindLaw's Home Selling Basics and Home Selling Process sections for more articles and resources.

Interview with Real Estate Brokers: Basics  

At a minimum, speak with 2 or 3 brokers from different agencies. Ask prospective brokers the same list of questions, in order to compare their answers. Find out what they would do to sell your house.

Above all, choose a broker that you feel comfortable with and like. This person will help you make the biggest sale of your life, so find someone you think will do a good job!

Questions to Ask Real Estate Brokers 

The following is a list of questions that may be helpful to ask while speaking with prospective real estate brokers.

  1. How many years have you been in business?
  2. Forhow long have you sold houses in this area?
  3. How many houses did you sell in the past year?
  4. What is your commission?
  5. If I were to work with you, how would you market my house?
  6. Will you organize meetings with potential buyers and will you coordinate them personally?
  7. Can you give me names and telephone numbers of other families that have used your services?

Interviews with real estate brokers are an important part of selecting the right professional to help you sell your home. Speak with a real estate attorney if you have additional questions.

Next Steps

Contact a qualified real estate attorney to help guide you through the process of selling your home.

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