Buying and selling a home is a huge undertaking. Because buying a home is such a huge expense, and it’s something you’re likely going to live in for many years to come, you need to make sure you’re purchasing the right home. You want to ensure it’s free from existing issues, is structurally sound, and that you get the most competitive price possible.

This is where your Realtor comes in. The Marcroft Team in Hailey, Idaho are your trusted experts in home buying and selling. Our years of experience and dedication to our homeowners makes us the best team to turn to for your real estate needs.

Here are some questions to ask a potential real estate agent.

What are your current listings?

Take a look at the agent’s listings on their website, but also take a look at sites such as Realtor.com or KellerWilliams.com. Like most people, you’re likely looking at houses online before you decide to take a look in person. If your agent isn’t using the technology that most buyers are using to search for a home, they’re not putting your home in front of as many potential buyers as possible.

Next, look at the listings. Are the photos shot with a cell phone camera, grainy, and of poor quality? Or are the photos professionally staged, attractive, and enticing to you as a buyer? Now look at the descriptions. If you see blah, pithy descriptions of the listings, or almost no text at all, your Realtor isn’t giving your home its best chance of being found in an online search. He or she also isn’t presenting your home is the most sales-worthy light.

Finally, look at the sheer number of listings. Are there so many of them being handled by one agent that you’re worried you’re going to be one of a cattle call of buyers/sellers? Or are there so few that you worry not all listings are posted, or even that there’s a reason he/she might not have any listings? Balance is key.

What are your certifications?

Ensure that your agent is qualified to sell and buy homes in your area, and that he/she has enough training to handle complicated issues that might arise. Look for their use of Realtor with a capital R. This means certification by the National Association of Realtors, which ensures a code of ethics and self-regulation. However, there are other certifications for real estate agents, so do your homework. And be sure to check for any complaints and actions of discipline taken against your potential agent (this is usually posted online).

What is your sales record?

Look at the past year of sales, as well as the past few years and longer. Does the market they’ve represented in the past closely match the type of home or property you’re selling? For example, if you’re selling a multi-acre horse property and your agent seems to have far more commercial real estate properties, you might want to look for one who has more properties like your own.

Will you meet with me before we enter an agreement?

Sit down with your potential agent to ask questions. Let him/her walk through your home and property and give you an idea of a selling price, the market, and other useful information. Beware of promises that sound too good to be true. And at the same time, be truthful about your home’s history, your expectations, and ability to get repairs done prior to listing.

We are The Marcroft Team and are ready to serve you! Contact us today!