Questions to ask a real estate agent when selling your home

Questions to ask a real estate agent when selling your home


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to another episode of Homebuyer’s School. Today I’m joined by Kevin
French with RE/MAX Realty. And the question we’re gonna answer today is what are some of the
questions you should ask when choosing a realtor? First and foremost, if
you’re selling your property, what is their marketing plan? How are they going to
appropriately market your property and get it sold in a
timely manner for you? Now that includes
professional photography, professional measurements that adhere to the Real Estate Council
of Alberta’s guidelines. Is there somebody that’s going to assist with getting the property prepared for, not only sale, but the
photos, most importantly, ’cause that’s what everybody’s
going to see online. So is there going to be
a designer or someone that’s going to come through
and help stage the property or help give tips on what should be, what shouldn’t be in the home. Such as personal photos
should never be on the walls when the property is listed for sale. And then after we figure
out the marketing plan, do we have a schedule for this? So we’re gonna list on X date at X price. What is the process going forward? How am I going to find
out what people are saying about the property? How do we decipher what
they’re trying to say with their feedback? Are we overpriced? Or is it something that we could, is it a wall that needs to be painted? Is it flooring that needs to be redone? What other reasons that
the property’s not selling, and can we realistically
overcome these issues? Or do we have to adjust pricing and let them deal with them on their own? Okay, any other questions? How long has the person
been in the industry? What experience do the have? How many properties do
they typically sell in, whatever timeframe you wanna
look at, in the last year, the last two years? If somebody’s… And how many have they failed to sell? So not only just listed and sold, but he may have listed
10 homes, but sold six. So why did those four not sell? And how many, when you’re
choosing a realtor, how many realtors should you,
in your opinion, interview or talk to and ask these questions? Well always go with recommendations first. But it’s always great to
have a second opinion. So if a friend or a family
member recommends somebody, absolutely meet with that person. They’re a recommendation,
so why wouldn’t you? But then also look at
the area experts and say, maybe I’ll get these
two people to come in. I’d say three is sufficient provided you’re
– Three is sufficient? – calling the right people. – Does it matter if it’s a… whether it’s one of the
big branch like RE/MAX or Century 21, or some
of the bigger names? Does it matter, or is it
actually more specific on the realtor himself or herself? It matters to some extent. They all have different training programs. They all have different support networks. So you might go with one
brokerage over the name. But you can go with another because maybe when you’re
interviewing that agent, they tell you about all
the training programs that they have at their brokerage and the other support networks that they have that assists them. But at the end of the day, it does ultimately come down to the agent. To the agent? Okay.
Great. Anything else to add? No, I think we’re good. Awesome, well that’s our show for today. Thank you very much for joining us, and we’ll catch you next time. That’s another edition of Homebuyer’s School. Tune in next time for more expert tips and tricks. And visit homebuyersschool.ca to bring you one step closer to finding your dream home. As with everything, it would be great if you Like and Share our videos. Also, please let us know if you have any home-buying questions you want us to answer.

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