Top 7 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Jupiter Real Estate Agent

Filed in What's Hot? by on December 12, 2017

Buying or selling a home is one of the most exciting (and stressful) processes that you can experience. While some attempt the process alone, most put their trust in a real estate professional to help them make key decisions and navigate them through the process. Deciding to work with a real estate agent is a good choice, but how do you know that you’ve found the right one? Hiring a real estate agent can be tough.

With so many people working in real estate, you’ve probably run into at least a few family members or people in your social network who are either in the business or know someone who is. It’s important to remember though, that just because someone works in real estate, doesn’t mean that they have the qualifications needed to help you with your upcoming transaction. We’ve put together a list of seven important questions to ask potential real estate agents before you decide who to hire.

7 Questions Before Hiring a Real Estate Agent:

  1. How familiar are you with the area?

Knowing the local market is vital when it comes to helping someone buy or sell a home. This is especially true if you are new to the neighborhood. A real estate agent with local knowledge can help you determine which neighborhood best fits your needs and budget. If you’re selling your home, they’ll know what other homes in the area have sold for and what attributes will help your home stand out. They’ll also know where to advertise and what local vendors can help you make your dreams a reality.

  1. How long have you been in the business?

Length of time in the real estate world does not necessarily improve the know-how of a real estate agent, but it’s certainly not a negative. Real estate agents who have worked for a while in their field have usually done so because they are successful, and that success is a definite plus for you.

  1. Will I work with anyone other than you?

If you want to buy or sell a home, you need a real estate agent that’s accessible. If you’ve found someone that you are comfortable working with, make sure that they’ll be your main point of contact. Sometimes certain tasks are delegated to assistants or other members of the team. That’s okay, but it’s also something you need to know in advance.

  1. Is your license in good standing?

If you work with a real estate agent who is not fully qualified and licensed to do the job, you are asking for heartache. Along with asking this important question, take a few moments to check the website for the State of Florida, which will allow you to search for agents and confirm their licensing status.

  1. Do you have any references?

Most reputable real estate agents will gladly share their references with you. Reading up on their success stories will help you to decide if they work with clients like you and have a stellar track record.

For Sellers:

  1. How will you market my home?

Marketing is key component to selling your home. Prospective buyers not only drive through neighborhoods, they also search the web and browse specialty publications. Before you list your home, your real estate agent should be able to explain how (and where) they will market your home. They should be prepared to take photos, create an exciting listing and get the word out through multiple venues.

For Buyers:

  1. How will you help me find a new home?

Finding the perfect home, whether you buy or rent, takes resources. This question will help you determine what resources a real estate agent has access to. Does the real estate agent have the connections needed to find you the home that you’re looking for?

Making the Best Choice

Ultimately, the real estate agent that you choose should make you feel comfortable and have the skills that you value. This person will eventually have a great deal of insight into your personal tastes, financial status and family needs, so it’s important that you choose someone that you trust. The right real estate agent will have a complete understanding of your market, will work hard to help you buy or sell your home and will follow all of the rules and best-practices laid out by the State of Florida. It’s not only acceptable to interview and ask questions of a real estate agent before you decide to work with him or her, it’s advisable, so break out your notebook!

Your Jupiter Real Estate Team

The team at Lillian Realty Group has the experience and market knowledge that you’re looking for. For over a decade, Ellen Lillian has worked as a real estate agent. She specializes in helping her clients buy and sell homes in Jupiter Farms, North Palm Beach, Stuart and the Treasure Coast. The team is dedicated to offering a high level of customer service and they know the area well. Understanding just how important marketing is, they are constantly staying on top of real estate trends and will get the word out about your home using their vast referral network. When you are ready to sell your home or find your new home, contact us to get started. We’d be glad to answer all of your questions and help you feel comfortable. Reach out by email or phone to get started!

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