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How To Hire The Best Real Estate Agent ๐Ÿก Top Listing Agent to Sell Your Home

Posted on 12/11/2018
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If you're thinking of selling your house or condo, and do not know a real estate listing agent, you're likely going to interview a couple of REALTORSยฎ.  Here is a list of 10 questions to ask them BEFORE you hire them.  
However, how do we pre-select the listing agent in the first place?   Here are a couple of tips to get you started:

1. Ask a friend or relative for a recommendation

Odds are that you know someone who has used a Listing Agent in the past year or two.  Were they happy with that agent?  Ask them for blunt and frank feedback on how the sale of their home went.

2. Check the local Better Business Bureau

Some Listing Agents in Winnipeg are accredited by the Better Business Bureau.  Check their reviews,:

http://winnipeg.tips/BBB-Rating

and complaints and customer feedback.

3. Check Google Reviews of real estate Listing Agents

Here you have to be a little careful.  Some older reviews may have been submitted anonymously, and may therefore be either unrealistically bad or over-the-top great.  When you check Google Reviews:

http://winnipeg.tips/GoogleRating

, make sure they are legitimate, submitted by real people who took the time and care to identify themselves.
Using these methods, you should be able to narrow the field from the hundreds of Listing Agents down to one or two you might interview.  By the way, some articles advise to interview any number of agents.  Doing so will often lead to confusion and un-healthy 'over-promising' by agents.  Remember that you hire your Listing Agent by what he/she will DO, not by what they promise or predict.
Now let's say that you have come up with a potential agent, here are the 10 questions you should ask him/her.

10 Questions Before Your Hire a Listing Agent



1) How long have you been in the business?

Reason for asking: With the lure of 'quick and easy money' (believe me, its NOT), every one with a few spare dollars and some extra time has decided to get into real estate.  
Answer to look for:  Minimum of 4 years experience.


2) Where do you advertise my home?

Reason for asking: Nearly every Real Estate Listing Agent uses the MLSยฎ.  Its a powerful way of getting your house noticed by buyers and other agents. 
So the answer you should be looking for includes not only the MLSยฎ, but extensive internet presence.  


3) Who will photograph my home?

Reason for asking:  A lot of agents try and cut corners by whipping out the cell phone and taking a few shots.  

4)  Do you have a website?

Reason for asking:  This goes hand-in-hand with the previous question.  With such a high percentage of people looking on the internet, your Real Estate Listing Agent should have an effective website. 


5) Are you active on Social Media?

Reason for asking: thats where the buyers are.  Does your prospective agent interact with those potential buyers?
Answer to look for: " Yes, here is my facebook page:

https://facebook.com/winnipeghomefinder
, my twitter account:

https://twitter.com/bokauffmann
my youtube channel, my pinterest:

https://pinterest.com/bokauffmann
account..... etc. 

6) How many homes do you sell in a year?
Reason for asking:  goes to experience.  Find you how many homes the average real estate listing agent in your town or city sells and then compare.  Average is ok, but more experience is better. 


7) If something goes wrong, who will I be dealing with?

Reason for asking:  Many a Real Estate Listing Agent runs a 'team', and the only time you'll actually be dealing with him is during your initial interview. 
The preferred answer here : "If any issues come up, you call ME directly anytime.  You're NOT going to be talking with my secretary, my assistant or my butler....  here is my cell number, it goes directly to ME".


8) Is this your full-time occupation?

Reason for asking: In many jurisdictions, it is NOT a requirement that a Real Estate Listing Agent practice his craft full-time. 
Answer to look for: YES!  Don't list with a real estate listing agent who might have to choose between showing your home and picking up an extra shift at the local Piggly-Wiggly for some fast cash.


9) How can I reach you?

Reason for asking:  Chances are you will need to talk with your real estate listing agent, to ask him questions or to get updates.
Make sure he or she has a cell phone, pager, e-mail and any number of ways for you to contact them.


10) What is your commission rate?

Like anything else in life, you get what you pay for.  Make sure that the cut-rate commission doesn't also cut the most important parts of the service, such as advertising and ongoing support.