How to Pick a Real Estate Agent  

When you’re buying or selling a home, the right real estate agent can make all the

difference in attracting buyers, getting top dollar for your property and closing in a

timely manner. But not all agents are created equal. You’ll want to take the time to

interview prospective agents before choosing one to work with. Here are some

important questions to ask during a typical interview:


Do you have any special licenses or credentials that distinguish you from

other agents?


Real estate agents must hold a valid real estate license to operate in your state. You

can find out this information on your state’s real estate website or by contacting

your local association of realtors.

It’s also a good idea to ask agents to provide a list of their past clients and

references. This will help you gauge an agent’s professionalism and communication

style. It’s also possible that an agent may sound great in the interview but drop the

ball once you start working together. Asking an agent for a list of previous clients

gives you a chance to talk to those clients directly and see if they’re happy with the

service they received.


If you’re selling your property, it’s crucial that an agent understands the local market

conditions and trends. Ideally, an agent will have sold a large number of properties

in your area and have experience handling a variety of situations. Ask an agent to

describe their approach to marketing and listing homes in your neighborhood.

You should ask an agent to explain the contract and agency disclosure, which are

standard documents used in real estate transactions. Agents should be able to

clearly explain the terms of these contracts and can help you negotiate any

changes. Agents should also be able to walk you through any documents that you

don’t understand, as the transaction process can be very complex.

Do you have any other skills or experiences that would be helpful in selling my



A successful real estate transaction requires a lot of paperwork, regulation and

complicated legal terms. A good real estate agent will be able to guide you through

this process and keep the paperwork to a minimum.

In a tough housing market, an experienced real estate agent can make all the

difference in finding your dream home at the right price. Before you start looking for

a home, create a list of your must-haves and nice-to-haves. This list will help your

agent narrow down the properties they show you. For more info


It’s also a good idea to get preapproved for your mortgage before starting the

search. This will let agents know you’re serious about a purchase and can give you a sense of what you’re comfortable spending. This can be a deciding factor when

selecting an agent, as some agents will refuse to show you homes without proof that

you have financing in place. This is why it’s a good idea to ask an agent for a list of

lenders they have worked with in the past.