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A great question to ask when interviewing agents

How do you select an agent when buying or selling a home? Most people according to research by the National Association of Realtors use the first agent they meet, usually without really knowing anything about them or their business practices.

A second way many people select an agent is to ask friends and family for a referral. This may get them several names, especially if they use social media to ask for a referral. This often leads to a short listing of agents who the buyer or seller will interview based on an arbitrary list of reasons. I like Sam so anyone he/she suggests must be good, for example.

But, before you ever get to this point maybe you should be asking yourself and those people giving you referrals how am I going to or how did you select an agent to represent me/you?

A great question to start this off is what am I looking for from an agent? What are my expectations? Do I know the responsibilities of an agent and even if they are being fulfilled? 

So what might be important for you?

Communication -  how often is your agent going to communicate with you and in what manner? Is that how they prefer or are they willing to work to your preference? Are they available to answer questions or are you going to be sent out into a loop of people on a team who don't answer?

Does the agent understand their fiduciary responsibilities and can they explain them?

Do they know the area?

Do they have a list of contractors and vendors for services you can access?

How do they approach and use technology, does it align with what you want?

There are many other things which may be important to you but I think an easy way to get to understand the agent in front of you is to ask them what they look for if they were hiring an agent to represent them?

Most likely they are going to highlight how to evaluate an agent who is good to work with and what they actually do and it is then easier to compare them to other agents. It also allows you to ask the follow up question - do you do that?

So, next time you are looking for an agent consider asking them what they would look for in an agent they were going to hire to represent them and why? Contact Nick Vandekar, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Selling the Main Line with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc., for his list of what he would look for; office 610-225-7400, cell or text 610-203-4543, email Nick@vandekarTeam.com, website www.SellingTheMainLine.com.

 

 

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Comment balloon 19 commentsNick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 • March 08 2019 05:14PM

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Nick,

You presented so many good ideas and points in this post.  When we have looked for an agent to work with or represent us, we find that someone is compassion is very important more so than all the other stuff.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 2 months ago

Hello Nick - the methods of finding a agent is likely as varied as numerous as the population.  Finding that right-for-you match is a good start.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 2 months ago

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543  You have made some good points in your post in finding the best agent for you.

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 2 months ago

Hi Nick

The one question you mentioned is a very good one, as are all the others. It's certainly important to have a good sense that the agent cares about you, your needs and your concerns, not just getting a listing.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 2 months ago

Knowing all the right questions comes with a little bit of experience and kind of a refined intuition.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 2 months ago

I do agree that the agent has to really show that they have integrity for the job to even be considered as being an asset to you, Jeff Dowler, CRS . It’s absolutely crucial.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 2 months ago

A lot of people don't interview agents - these are good things for them to ask.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) 2 months ago

Great information. I like also to feel comfortable  with the other agent, I met a Realtor once with a lot knowledge but was intimidated to talk to him because his personality. 

Posted by Andrea.B Ferreira 954-303-8289 CRS, Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County in FL (Keyes Co. ) 2 months ago

 Congratulations on the feature!   I think this is a great set of questions to consider

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties) 2 months ago

Hello Nick and great blog and one that the word should get out more.  Can I reblog this down the road?

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 2 months ago

Hi Nick- unfortunately many sellers view the main question they want to ask when interviewing agents is "How much should I list the house at?"

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 2 months ago

Worthy read

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) 2 months ago

Nick, this is excellent advice for buyers and sellers. So many don't interview an agent or agents, as you said just going with the first one and that's not smart business. Selecting the right agent to represent you is an important first step. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group ) 2 months ago

Ron and Alexandra Seigel everyone has something different that is important to them and as agents it is good to understand that and be flexible. Offer a bespoke service as opposed to one size fits all.

Michael Jacobs finding the right agent is hard, and often clients are afraid to fire an agent for fear that the next one will be worse, or that it will set their search or sale back.

Hannah Williams it is a process and consumers need to know they have a choice and it is important.

Jeff Dowler, CRS I think that is very important, knowing you are not just dollar bills but they see you as a person.

Laura Cerrano the problem is people sell and buy houses for different reasons and usualkly far apart and times change. To know what to ask is important and they may not be aware.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 2 months ago

Kat Palmiotti people will go with the first person if they feel comfortable, without knowing exactly how good or experienced that agent is.

Andrea.B Ferreira 954-303-8289 CRS that is a good point too, we do know a lot because we are doing this every day and can forget to pass that knowledge on or come across as arrogant.

Lise Howe thank you, at least it is a start for someone to explore what might be important to them and think about it.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 2 months ago

Will Hamm thank you, feel free when you are ready to repost and thanks for asking.

Kathy Streib that is very true, they never consider what service am I going to get.

Richie Alan Naggar thank you for your worthy comment.

Amanda S. Davidson I think if we spoke more about this we may get people thinking about it a little more than who is available, they will see the differences between agents.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 2 months ago

Good morning Nick.  It's important to understand what one is looking for in their Realtor.  And, then to ask the right questions.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 2 months ago

Gabe Sanders I agree if you don't know what you arelooking for who ever you accept can be the wrong person.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 2 months ago

How about from agents: What I am looking in a seller......

Posted by Dave Rosenmarkle, 31 years of providing fully satisfying service! (Highland Realty) 2 months ago

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