When it’s time to sell your home, it’s also time to select a listing agent to represent your interests in the all-important transaction. But how do you choose one? Here are some helpful questions to consider when interviewing your listing representative.
How long have you been a Real Estate Agent? What real estate designations or credentials do you hold?
Can you share the name and contact details of three past listing clients who can provide references?
Please explain what representation choices I have as a seller. What is meant by fiduciary duties? Do you practice dual representation?
Please explain how you will assist me at each stage of the transaction. Do you have a written listing representation agreement that details our obligations to each other?
If I hire you as my agent, how and how much will you be compensated?
What type of support will you offer to help prepare my house for the market?
How will you determine a suggested list price?
How will you market my property? Do you have full access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS)? Will you market beyond the MLS?
If the property is occupied during the sale, what options do I have in scheduling appointments? Will you provide feedback from showings?
Will you handle all aspects of my transaction or will I be working with assistants? Who will be explaining the various forms, agreements, and steps required to reach closing?
Will you counsel me on a negotiating strategy and appropriate contingencies? How and when will you present offers?