There are many steps in the real estate transaction process. One that often gets overlooked is the interview. Whether you are seeking to find someone to help you sell or buy a property, it is important to meet with, ask questions, and allow the agent to ask you questions as well. It is very much like a job interview.
What is important to you as the consumer, as the “boss”, as the hiring decision maker? Well lets look at some of the important factors one should consider:
1. Will your agent be readily available throughout the process? Everyone is available at the beginning, but be sure to determine if that is the way it’s going to be.
2. How well does your agent know the area? Have they lived in the area for a long time? If not, have they done business in that area?
3. Is your agent a negotiator? Is he/she a deal maker? Make sure they are savvy regarding the latest technology advancements, data gathering
4. Does your agent understand and use the latest technology? Be sure to inquire about the agent’s utilization of the most recent innovations if that is important to you.
So, whether you’re in the suburbs of Sugar Land, Cypress or The Woodlands,or the inner city area near the Galleria, Uptown, River Oaks, Montrose, or Memorial, be sure to ask the questions that can help you understand if the agent can help you with the most important purchase of your life! Be sure to ask all the questions you need to ask and be sure to be open to answering questions. Communication has to be a two-way street!