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  • Writer's pictureChad Eliason

Questions to Ask When Interviewing Your Potential REALTOR®

Whether you’re buying or selling Shuswap real estate, it’s a big decision. There are a lot of moving parts within a real estate transaction, so having a trusted REALTOR® on your side will help give you peace of mind that you’re being taken care of by a professional. So how do you make the decision of which real estate agent to work with? Here are a few questions to ask, to warrant they’ll meet your needs.

Are they familiar with your area?

Using a local REALTOR® will help ensure they actually know your neighbourhood or the neighbourhoods you’re looking to buy within. Along with the areas of desired attraction a great REALTOR® will know nearby schools, parks, and other amenities that may entice potential buyers or be right up your alley of needs. A sales representative who brings their A-game will come prepared with a comparable market analysis (CMA) of homes in an area which contributes to their ability to recommend pricing of a home that’s competitive for listing or buying in the current market.

What is their plan for marketing your home for sale?

If you’re listing, your listing agent should have a goal to generate the most amount of interest as possible from potential buyers, so you receive one or more solid offers. With that in mind, a real estate professional should be able to explain how they’ll be advertising your listing using both online and offline marketing strategies; for example, Facebook ads, Instagram features, open houses, and networking with other agents.

Do they have proper training and support of a quality brokerage?

Just like all agents aren’t create equal, brokerages vary in terms of support and training as well. You’ll want to consider choosing a REALTOR® who is backed by a reputable brand and is able to access proper support if an issue pops up along the way. You’ll also have the option of working with a newer agent or someone who’s been in the industry for a while; this piece all depends on your expectations and what you’re comfortable with. Ensure lines of communication will be open for you, because you’ll likely have plenty of questions along the way.

Most importantly, the biggest question to ask yourself is if you like them. While this may seem silly, trusting your gut can come in handy within the decision making process. If they’re organized, friendly, and you feel at ease in working with them for a real estate transaction, that’s the ultimate win! Contact me today if you’re interested in getting into the Salmon Arm real estate market; I’d love the opportunity to earn your business and provide you with the support you’re looking for.

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