Friday, January 06, 2006

Interviewing Realtors

When it is time to pick a Realtor then it is also time to interview. The best way to choose a Realtor is to have a few com in and tell you what your house is worth and what they will do for you. Here is a good start.

When you are ready to select a REALTOR®, here are a few questions you can ask.

Make sure the REALTOR® presents a "listing presentation" to you. This presentation should answer many of these questions. If you will need a buyer's agent, also make sure everything is explained up front.

  • How long have you been a REALTOR®? Full or part time?

  • What professional organizations do you belong to?

  • Do you have a valid Department of Real Estate License?

  • What is your responsibility to me as your client?

  • Do you represent both buyers and sellers at the same time? If so, Who's best interest are you looking out for?

  • How will you keep me informed of new listings that I may be interested in?

  • What does the listing agreement entail, what are the beginning and expiration dates, and what are the fee amounts I will be paying?

  • Is there a charge or contract when working with buyers? (Some brokers/agents DO have contracts and fees)

  • What is your marketing philosophy? Ask for their complete marketing plan A-Z.

  • What can the Realtor's company do for you? What is their company's share of the local market? Are they part of a large or world wide referral network?

  • What types of things separate you from your competition and will you give me some feedback? How effectively will they advertise? Do they have 24-hour advertising capability?

  • What disclosure laws apply to me and what do I need to be aware of?

  • How does the Realtor market to other Realtors?

  • Are they a Realtor or a Real Estate agent? (There is a difference)

  • Does the Realtor have a strong internet presence? If not, why? Will your home have enough exposure for all potential buyers to view? (85% of buyers go to the internet first)

Cecilia Sherrard is a full time dedicated Realtor in Northeast Ohio. With years of experience and knowledge, she has maintained a multi-million dollar producer status.

Servicing areas such as: Westlake, Lakewood, North Olmsted, Rocky River, Cleveland, Brook Park, Parma, etc. Visit her website at

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