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10 Questions to ask ANY real estate agentĀ 
before signing anything:
1. How long have you been in the business?

Pretty much any average person could decide they want to get their license today. That has been one of the problems over the past few years. Everybody had a license! This does not, however, mean they are experienced, quality professionals. Experience can literally translate to extra dollars for you. I can't believe how many people trust their most valuable asset, in the hands of someone new to the business.

2. Is this your full-time job?

It always surprises me how many people are willing to let their office mate down the hall, or their mail carrier, handle the purchase or sale of their home. You need someone who handles real estate transactions full-time--day in and day out--to make sure that your best interests are taken care of.

3. How many sales did you complete last year?

A good agent will complete at least 25 sales/sides per calendar year. You want to make sure that the agent helping you through the largest purchase or sale of your life is a GOOD agent.

4. How many listings did you have/service last year?

There is a saying in Real Estate: "Listings are King!" And any experienced agent knows this to be true. Want to find a good agent? Find the one with the most listings!

5. How many listing do you currently have/service?

The best agents know, more sales, come from more listings. It takes a real pro to successfully capture quality listings and bring quality buyers.

6. What areas do you service?

Most agents are licensed in only one state and service an area much smaller than that. To find the best agents, find the ones with multiple licenses and those who service wider areas than their local market. Those are the agents who are professionals. Keeping multiple licenses requires belonging to multiple MLS systems, paying dues and fulfilling continuing education requirements.

7. What is your specialty?

Most agents specialize in only one area: Residential Sales? Commercial? Renters? New Construction?--all of which are vastly different. If you can find one who is specialized in more than one area, you have found yourself a qualified professional.

8. Can I have a list of past clients?

A good agent is going to have a list a mile long, and will be more than happy to share it with you!

9. How long has your company been around?

Over the years, many companies have started up only to close their doors a few years later. Especially when the market slows or softens. Make sure your company has been around for a while, that they have been there through the good times, but especially through the bad. Any experienced company has found a way to prosper, even in the slowest of times.

10. Who is your Broker? Can I call him/her?

Real estate agencies are moving towards the "mega-brokerage" mentality which means that many agents today have never met their broker. If an agent doesn't have their Broker's cell number, find out who they will call if they run into questions.

"Real Estate Made Easy"

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