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Questions for your REALTOR® before listing

Hey there! I’m Sarah Sperber, your go-to real estate agent in Northern Nevada. In this post, I’m excited to share with you the top questions you need to ask your REALTOR® before listing your home. Stick around till the end for a bonus question that could make all the difference in your selling journey. Let’s dive right in!

1. How much experience do you have?

It’s crucial to understand your REALTOR®’s experience in the industry, particularly in selling properties. In order to sell homes, you need a unique skill set. For this reason, you want to ensure your agent has a wealth of experience in listing and successfully selling properties. An experienced agent can navigate complexities and offer invaluable insights tailored to your specific needs. 

2. What's your track record?

Beyond experience, one of the more important questions for your REALTOR® is about track record. Ask about the number of homes they’ve sold and the average time it took to sell them. This data provides tangible evidence of their past performance, giving you confidence in their ability to deliver results. 

Another key point is to find out about the market conditions they were in during those sales. Then, try to gauge their adaptability and effectiveness across varying scenarios. A comprehensive understanding of their success potential allows you to align expectations and anticipate the trajectory of your own selling journey.

3. Can you provide testimonials and references?

Client testimonials and references offer a window into your agent’s professionalism and client satisfaction. Because of this, you should request testimonials from past sellers to gain firsthand insights into their experiences. Additionally, ask for references you can reach out to directly. A REALTOR® confident in their service quality will readily provide these references, reinforcing trust and transparency in your partnership. 

4. What is your marketing strategy for my property?

Another one of the significant questions to ask your REALTOR® is about their marketing strategy, which is instrumental in showcasing your property effectively to potential buyers. Ask about your agent’s marketing approach and find out if it encompasses both traditional and digital channels. 

From professional photography to targeted online campaigns, each element should be strategically designed to maximize exposure and drive interest. An innovative and comprehensive marketing plan sets the stage for a successful sale in today’s competitive market. 

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5. How do you determine the price of my property?

The right pricing strategy can significantly impact the success of your sale. Firstly, you don’t want to be in the dark about how your REALTOR® determines the price of your property, so make sure to ask. Secondly, data-driven insights are important, so request a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) to understand the rationale behind the suggested listing price.

In short, a well-researched pricing strategy aligned with market dynamics ensures your property is positioned competitively, attracting qualified buyers and increasing your returns. 

6. How will you handle the transaction and sale?

Understanding the logistics of the transaction process is essential for a seamless experience. Because of this, you should clarify whether your REALTOR® will personally oversee every aspect of the sale or if they have a dedicated team to assist. From paperwork to negotiations, knowing who will be involved ensures clear communication and efficient coordination. 

7. How will we stay in touch?

Effective communication is the cornerstone of a successful real estate partnership. For this reason, set clear expectations regarding communication frequency and preferred channels for updates. Whether it’s regular progress reports or timely responses to inquiries, transparent communication fosters trust and ensures you’re always informed.

By prioritizing open and responsive communication, your REALTOR® demonstrates their commitment to keeping you informed and engaged.

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8. What is your take on the current market climate?

In today’s dynamic real estate landscape, staying informed about market trends is paramount. In light of this fact, you should assess your agent’s familiarity with the current market climate and their ability to provide strategic guidance. Whether it’s local trends or broader economic indicators, their insights should be grounded in comprehensive market analysis.

A REALTOR® well-versed in market dynamics can offer informed advice on pricing strategies, ensuring your property stands out in a competitive market. 

9. What are your negotiation skills like, and can you share a recent negotiation success story?

Effective negotiation skills are a hallmark of a seasoned real estate professional. Inquire about your agent’s negotiation approach and request examples of successful outcomes. From navigating counteroffers to securing favorable terms, their ability to advocate on your behalf is invaluable. 

A track record of successful negotiations underscores their expertise and positions you for a favorable outcome in the selling process. With great negotiation skills, your REALTOR® maximizes your leverage and ensures your interests are protected throughout the negotiation process, securing the best possible terms and outcomes for you.

10. Do you already have a network of buyers?

A robust network of potential buyers can expedite the selling process and maximize exposure for your property. For that reason, ask whether your REALTOR® has an extensive network of qualified buyers actively seeking properties. 

Leveraging a diverse buyer network increases your property’s visibility and enhances the likelihood of a swift sale. If your REALTOR® already has a potential buyer in their network, ensure neutrality if they represent both you and the buyer.

11. Bonus Question: Can you provide clarity on your commission and fee structure?

Lastly, ask about your agent’s commission and fee structure. Transparent disclosure of fees and commissions is essential for a mutually beneficial partnership. 

A clear fee structure is a good sign that your REALTOR® is committed to your best interests and by providing straightforward information, your REALTOR® cultivates a relationship built on trust and transparency.

Ready to list your home? If you’re in Northern Nevada and need expert guidance in the real estate market, don’t hesitate to reach out, for free. I’m Sarah Sperber, your trusted local real estate professional, here to support you every step of the way!

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