Whether you’re planning on buying or selling a home, possibly the most important decision in the process is choosing an individual or agency to help you. I’ve put together this series of questions to ask potential brokers in order to help find the right one for you.
1. How many verified online reviews does this broker have? Anyone who has been in the real estate business for some time will have many reviews online. Of course, some may be bad reviews, and there may be a story there worth further investigation, but even that’s better than a broker with no reviews at all. Ultimately, a successful broker is one who can move homes; and in our social, online society, this is demonstrable in the number of reviews a broker generates.
"Whether you’re planning on buying or selling a home, possibly the most important decision in the process is choosing an individual or agency to help you."
2. How many homes has this broker sold in the last year? As you know, the real estate market is a growing, changing environment. A broker who was successful three to four years ago may not be the right choice in today’s market. So much of what your broker has to offer is their relationships in the current market and up-to-the-minute knowhow. That’s why it’s so important to find a broker who has sold a home recently.
3. What kind of support team does this broker have? Do they work alone or with a large team of agents under them? Do they have an office they work out of, or perhaps an assistant? If they have a large team, maybe you feel you’ll be frustrated trying to contact this broker again after your initial consultation, having been handed off to their support staff. On the other hand, if a broker works alone, you may appreciate their personal touch but have concerns that they are overextended.