Realtor Q&A – For Buyers

• How long have you been in the real estate business?

• Are you a member of the National Association of Realtors? Do you have any accreditations?

• Do you work full-time on residential real estate?

• How many homes did you sell in the past year as a buyers’ agent? As a sellers’ agent?

• How many buyers do you work with at one time? How many sellers?

• How will you search for potential homes for me to view?

• How many homes, on average, do you show your buyers?

• What is your experience in my area? Do you have an area you specialize in?

• Do you have a price-range you specialize in?

• How do I know if this is the right time for me to buy?

• Will you help me decide if my desired price range is appropriate? Can you help me choose a good price range?

• How will you help me determine if my down-payment is appropriate?

• Can you instruct me as to how to find the right properties online?

• How do we schedule a showing for a house we want to see?

• Do you expect/allow us to look at homes on our own?

• Will you show us houses that are not in the MLS (FSBO)?

• Do you require I meet with a lender (and get pre-approved) before I shop for homes?

• Do you have a personal website? Do you have a blog?

• Can you provide me with references and testimonials?

• How do you stay up on current trends? Do you take classes or frequently attend training?

• What is your communication style? How accessible are you? How often will we talk to you?

• What is the make up of your team? Do you have an assistant? Who will I be talking to when I want to schedule a showing?

• Can we review all documents before we sign anything?

• Do you charge your buyers any fees? How do you get paid for the purchase of our home?

• Do you offer any sort of guarantee? Can we break our commitment with you if we are unsatisfied?

• What are your negotiation techniques?

• How can you help me determine if an offer I make good one? Or if the home is a good purchase?

• How will you leverage the best deal for me?

• How will you handle multiple offers?

• Will you be representing other buyers who are looking for homes in the same area and price range as I am?

• Can you recommend other professionals you trust, such as inspectors, lenders, attorney if needed, etc.?

• If you recommend other professionals, do you receive compensation for any business I may do with them?

• Tell me about the inspection process? How do we renegotiate the offer if the inspection reveals a problem?

• Will you attend our inspection?

• What are the average closing costs your buyers have had recently? Are there possible hidden costs might I encounter?

• I currently own a home. Am I obligated to use you to sell? Are there advantages to using you as my selling agent as well?

• What expectations do you have of me as the buyer?

• What separates you from all the other Realtors?

• What questions did I not ask?

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