TOP QUESTIONS TO ASK A
Choosing a buyer’s agent to represent you in the single largest purchase you’ll ever make is important. Below is a list of top questions to ask a buyers agents to help you understand how a buyers agent will represent you and protect your interests.
Top Questions to Ask a Buyers Agent
Why would you make a good buyers agents for me?
A good question that allows the agent to express their services, priorities, and benefits in your home shopping experience.
How will you represent me?
Will they actively search for your perfect home? Will they evaluate it before inviting you? Will they negotiate purchasing terms? Understand what services they will be providing you and don’t be afraid to ask them to provide you with additional services.
Do you typically work in my price range?
Most agents can work across a wide variety of prices, but if they typically help home buyers purchase $2 million homes or more and you have a strict budget at $400,000 home, then they might not make you a top priority. Similarly, if you want to purchase a luxury condo but they typically work with single family homes, they might not know the market or have the right connections to buy your dream home.
What are your hours?
Agents keep diverse hours. They need to meet the schedule of their clients (who are often working during the day) while also prioritizing the schedules of associated partners & vendors (who meet during the day). This may mean they catch up on phone conversations and emails in the early morning or late evening. Be sure you two are on the same page when it comes to their availability.
How do you communicate?
This comes down to personal preference. However, if you prefer to communicate over email in a timely manner but they prefer to call or are not responsive, then they will not be a good fit. All of our partner agents are tech savvy and will respond to your requests in a timely manner.
How many other buyers are you working with?
While an agent with a big book of business is usually a compliment to the agent it may also mean you’re not their top priority. What would happen if two (or more) of their clients want the same home? How will the agent prioritize interests?
Will we be working directly with you or a team?
Knowing who you will be working with is important and if additional people will be working with you, you ought to understand their role in the transaction.
How are you compensated?
Buyers agents are usually compensated when the home you’re purchasing closes escrow. Confirm this and ask them to confirm other expenses that will result in the home purchasing process – this is crucial if you are an out-of-state buyer where real estate laws vary from state to state.
Do you have a network of recommended vendors? Inspectors, Lenders, Etc…
When am I committed to working with you?
While most states require signed agreements in real estate transactions you may want to confirm when you’re contractually obligated to stay with your buyer representative.
What sets you apart for other agents?
What does this agent offer that you may not find with other agents? Do they specialize in first-time homebuyers? Are they familiar with a specific community/town?
What if I’m unhappy with your service?
Most agents get paid when you buy a house, giving them an incentive to close the deal, even if you have doubts. Even if you have complaints after you purchase your home, it may be too late to do anything. Ask your agent if she’s willing to guarantee your satisfaction, and what recourse you’ll have for a bad experience.
About Helen K. Burke with Intero Real Estate
For 20+ years I have delivered the highest level of customer service. I can provide references of my high level of service if requested. My relationship with my clients is of the utmost importance and I continually exceed their expectations during as well as after the transaction. My success stems from the “Business By Referral” method from day one of my career as well as a core belief that service and sincere commitment be delivered each and every time.
Having lived in the area since 1973 I have seen the growth and the changes within our community and I am knowledgeable and able to help you navigate the real estate process. I can prepare you for the move and help to make it as stress free as possible.
I started in the business in 1994 with my own Loan Processing company, I then became a Loan Officer. In 1996 I became a Realtor. I wanted to know the business inside and out. I have ranked within the top ten of Intero consecutively as well as received the honor of the “Value Award”. My on going training and commitment to excellence makes me the perfect fit for clients who want superior service. I am here to service anyone who needs help with buying or selling a home. I am also trained to help with people facing possible foreclosure and can inform them of all their options.