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Questions to Ask When Choosing a REALTOR®

Updated: Aug 5, 2023

Buying or selling a home is a significant milestone in anyone's life, and it's crucial to have the right guidance and expertise to navigate the real estate market. In this blog post, we introduce you to Paradisum Group EXP led by experienced Realtors®, Charles Thompson and John Doyle. Paradisum Group EXP brings a unique blend of professionalism, dedication, and personalized attention to every client. Join us as we explore their qualifications, business philosophy, and the value they bring to the real estate journey. Whether you're a buyer or seller, discover how Paradisum Group EXP can make your real estate dreams a reality.

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How long have you been in residential real estate? Is it your full-time job?

Experience is an important factor to consider when choosing a real estate professional. While there is no guarantee that a long tenure automatically translates to skill, it does indicate a level of familiarity with the industry and the local market. Real estate is a profession where much of the knowledge and expertise is acquired through on-the-job experience. A seasoned agent may have encountered a variety of situations and developed effective strategies to navigate them. Regarding full-time commitment, it is advisable to work with an agent who is dedicated to real estate as their primary occupation. This ensures that they have the time and focus to dedicate to your needs throughout the entire buying or selling process.

Do you have any designations or certifications?

Designations and certifications in real estate indicate that an agent has pursued additional specialized training to enhance their skills and knowledge in specific areas. These distinctions help differentiate agents and highlight their expertise in particular aspects of the real estate industry. One such designation that buyers should look for is the ABR® (Accredited Buyer's Representative). This designation indicates that the agent has received training specifically geared toward representing buyers and understanding their unique needs and concerns.

What's your business philosophy?

Understanding a real estate agent's business philosophy is important to ensure alignment with your own goals and expectations. There is no universally correct answer to this question, as it varies from agent to agent. Some agents prioritize exceptional customer service, while others may focus on aggressive negotiation tactics. By discussing their business philosophy, you can gain insights into their approach, ethics, and values, which will help you assess whether they are the right fit for your real estate needs.

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How many buyers did you and your real estate brokerage represent last year?

The number of buyers an agent or brokerage represented in the previous year is an indicator of their experience and familiarity with the local market. A higher number suggests that they have successfully guided numerous buyers through the process, giving them a deeper understanding of market trends, property values, and negotiation strategies. It also implies that they are actively engaged in the industry and are likely to be up-to-date with current market conditions.

What's the average variation between your initial offers and final sales price?

This question offers insight into the pricing and negotiation skills of a real estate agent. By inquiring about the average variation between initial offers and final sales prices, you can gauge how accurately the agent can assess property values and negotiate on your behalf. A smaller variation indicates that the agent is skilled at pricing properties correctly and negotiating favorable terms, resulting in successful transactions. However, it's important to consider other factors such as market conditions and the specific circumstances of each transaction.

Can you recommend service providers who can help me with a mortgage, make home repairs, and so on?

A well-connected real estate professional should be able to provide you with recommendations for various service providers related to your real estate needs. These may include mortgage brokers, home inspectors, contractors, or other professionals involved in the buying or selling process. It's advantageous to work with an agent who can offer multiple recommendations, as it shows they have a network of reliable contacts. However, while it's beneficial for a real estate agent to be able to recommend service providers, it's important to clarify whether they have any special relationships or arrangements with those providers. Transparency is key, and the agent should disclose any potential conflicts of interest. It's also advisable to conduct your own research and consider multiple options before making any decisions regarding service providers. Ultimately, you want to work with an agent who can offer recommendations based on their knowledge and network, but who also respects your autonomy in choosing the service providers that best suit your needs.

How will you keep me informed about the progress of my transaction?

Effective communication is key during a real estate transaction. It's important to know how your agent plans to keep you updated on the progress. The best answer to this question is when the agent responds with a question of their own, showing that they are attentive to your preferences. A skilled agent will adapt their communication style to match your needs, whether it's through phone calls, emails, text messages, or in-person meetings. Open and regular communication ensures that you stay informed and involved throughout the process.

Could you please give me the contact information of your three most recent clients?

Requesting the contact information of an agent's recent clients allows you to gather feedback directly from those who have worked with them. By contacting these clients, you can inquire about their experience, satisfaction level, and whether they would choose to work with the agent again in the future. This firsthand feedback can provide valuable insights into the agent's professionalism, effectiveness, and overall client satisfaction.

Ready to take the next step in your real estate journey? Contact Paradisum Group EXP, where exceptional service meets expertise. Reach out to our experienced agents at 850-320-8385 or contact us to schedule a consultation. Whether you're buying or selling, our dedicated team is here to guide you through every step of the process of choosing a Realtor®. Don't wait, get in touch with Paradisum Group EXP today!

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