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Top 10 Questions to ask a Real Estate Agent (BEFORE you hire them)

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Thinking of selling your house or condo, and using a real estate agent to get you the most money? Here is a list of questions to ask prospective agents during the interview process.

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Top 10 Questions to ask a Real Estate Agent (BEFORE you hire them)

  1. 1. Direct Cell #  (204) 333-2202 Twitter:  @ bokauffmann Facebook:  facebook.com/winnipeghomefinderBlog:  blog.winnipeghomefinder.com Email:  boknowshomes@gmail.com web:  WinnipegHomeFinder.comPerformance RealtyTOP 10 QUESTIONS TOASK YOUR LISTING AGENT(BEFORE you hire them)By BO KAUFFMANN
  2. 2. Direct Cell #  (204) 333-2202 Twitter:  @ bokauffmann Facebook:  facebook.com/winnipeghomefinderBlog:  blog.winnipeghomefinder.com Email:  boknowshomes@gmail.com web:  WinnipegHomeFinder.com SO YOURE A HOME OWNER WHO HAS DECIDED,LIKE ABOUT 90% OF ALL HOME SELLERS,TO HIRE A REAL ESTATE LISTING AGENTTO HELP YOU SELL YOUR HOME. 
  3. 3. Direct Cell #  (204) 333-2202 Twitter:  @ bokauffmann Facebook:  facebook.com/winnipeghomefinderBlog:  blog.winnipeghomefinder.com Email:  boknowshomes@gmail.com web:  WinnipegHomeFinder.comHOW DO YOU CHOOSE FROMTHE HUNDREDS OR PERHAPS THOUSANDS OFREALTORS® IN YOUR AREA?
  4. 4. Direct Cell #  (204) 333-2202 Twitter:  @ bokauffmann Facebook:  facebook.com/winnipeghomefinderBlog:  blog.winnipeghomefinder.com Email:  boknowshomes@gmail.com web:  WinnipegHomeFinder.comHERE ARE SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANTQUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR PROSPECTIVEREAL ESTATE LISTING AGENT:
  5. 5. Direct Cell #  (204) 333-2202 Twitter:  @ bokauffmann Facebook:  facebook.com/winnipeghomefinderBlog:  blog.winnipeghomefinder.com Email:  boknowshomes@gmail.com web:  WinnipegHomeFinder.com1) HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEENIN THE BUSINESS?Reason for asking:Check experienceAnswer to look for:Do they have sufficientExperience?
  6. 6. Direct Cell #  (204) 333-2202 Twitter:  @ bokauffmann Facebook:  facebook.com/winnipeghomefinderBlog:  blog.winnipeghomefinder.com Email:  boknowshomes@gmail.com web:  WinnipegHomeFinder.com2) WHERE DO YOUADVERTISE MY HOME?Reason for asking:More advertising = more and better offers for your homeAnswer to look for:More than just the MLS®.Advertising in newspapers, magazines and online
  7. 7. Direct Cell #  (204) 333-2202 Twitter:  @ bokauffmann Facebook:  facebook.com/winnipeghomefinderBlog:  blog.winnipeghomefinder.com Email:  boknowshomes@gmail.com web:  WinnipegHomeFinder.com3) WHO WILL PHOTOGRAPHMY HOME?Reason for asking:Quality photographs areimportant to attract buyers intoyour home.
  8. 8. Direct Cell #  (204) 333-2202 Twitter:  @ bokauffmann Facebook:  facebook.com/winnipeghomefinderBlog:  blog.winnipeghomefinder.com Email:  boknowshomes@gmail.com web:  WinnipegHomeFinder.comGoogle the phrase:Bad photos on the MLSand watchthe amazing examplesAnswer to look for:“I hire a professionalto photograph your home”Direct Cell #  (204) 333-2202 Twitter:  @ bokauffmann Facebook:  facebook.com/winnipeghomefinderBlog:  blog.winnipeghomefinder.com Email:  boknowshomes@gmail.com web:  WinnipegHomeFinder.com
  9. 9. Direct Cell #  (204) 333-2202 Twitter:  @ bokauffmann Facebook:  facebook.com/winnipeghomefinderBlog:  blog.winnipeghomefinder.com Email:  boknowshomes@gmail.com web:  WinnipegHomeFinder.com4) DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?Reason for asking:Buyers use the internet tosearch for your homeAnswer to look for:Obviously, YES, but also anexplanation of how effective itis, Google ranking, Alexaranking, visitors/month etc.
  10. 10. Direct Cell #  (204) 333-2202 Twitter:  @ bokauffmann Facebook:  facebook.com/winnipeghomefinderBlog:  blog.winnipeghomefinder.com Email:  boknowshomes@gmail.com web:  WinnipegHomeFinder.com5) ARE YOU ACTIVE ON SOCIAL MEDIA?Reason for asking:Social Media is where the buyers are.Does your agent interact with his customers?Answer to look for:Yes, I am on facebook, twitter etc”
  11. 11. Direct Cell #  (204) 333-2202 Twitter:  @ bokauffmann Facebook:  facebook.com/winnipeghomefinderBlog:  blog.winnipeghomefinder.com Email:  boknowshomes@gmail.com web:  WinnipegHomeFinder.com6) HOW MANY HOMESDO YOU SELL IN A YEAR?Reason for asking:Looking for experience.Compare against average salesper agent in your area.
  12. 12. Direct Cell #  (204) 333-2202 Twitter:  @ bokauffmann Facebook:  facebook.com/winnipeghomefinderBlog:  blog.winnipeghomefinder.com Email:  boknowshomes@gmail.com web:  WinnipegHomeFinder.comAnswer to look for:Average is ok … … but more experience is better.On the other end of the scale,if your agent always carries15 to 20 listings, will he/shehave enough time for you?Look for a nice balance.Direct Cell #  (204) 333-2202 Twitter:  @ bokauffmann Facebook:  facebook.com/winnipeghomefinderBlog:  blog.winnipeghomefinder.com Email:  boknowshomes@gmail.com web:  WinnipegHomeFinder.com
  13. 13. Direct Cell #  (204) 333-2202 Twitter:  @ bokauffmann Facebook:  facebook.com/winnipeghomefinderBlog:  blog.winnipeghomefinder.com Email:  boknowshomes@gmail.com web:  WinnipegHomeFinder.com7) IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG,WHO WILL I BE DEALING WITH?Reason for asking: You should know who you will be dealing with. 
  14. 14. Direct Cell #  (204) 333-2202 Twitter:  @ bokauffmann Facebook:  facebook.com/winnipeghomefinderBlog:  blog.winnipeghomefinder.com Email:  boknowshomes@gmail.com web:  WinnipegHomeFinder.comAnswer to look for:You’re hiring ME, you’ll be dealing ONLY with me.Not my team, my assistants, my secretary, etc.
  15. 15. Direct Cell #  (204) 333-2202 Twitter:  @ bokauffmann Facebook:  facebook.com/winnipeghomefinderBlog:  blog.winnipeghomefinder.com Email:  boknowshomes@gmail.com web:  WinnipegHomeFinder.com8) IS THIS YOURFULL-TIME OCCUPATION?Reason for asking:In many jurisdictions, it is NOT a requirement that a Real EstateListing Agent practice his craft full-time. Your agent could be showing your home during the day, andserving your meal at a restaurant at nighty.
  16. 16. Direct Cell #  (204) 333-2202 Twitter:  @ bokauffmann Facebook:  facebook.com/winnipeghomefinderBlog:  blog.winnipeghomefinder.com Email:  boknowshomes@gmail.com web:  WinnipegHomeFinder.comAnswer to look for:Real Estate is my ONLY profession and I do it full-time
  17. 17. Direct Cell #  (204) 333-2202 Twitter:  @ bokauffmann Facebook:  facebook.com/winnipeghomefinderBlog:  blog.winnipeghomefinder.com Email:  boknowshomes@gmail.com web:  WinnipegHomeFinder.com9) HOW CAN I REACH YOU?Reason for asking: Chances are you will need totalk with your real estatelisting agent, to ask himquestions or to get updates. 
  18. 18. Direct Cell #  (204) 333-2202 Twitter:  @ bokauffmann Facebook:  facebook.com/winnipeghomefinderBlog:  blog.winnipeghomefinder.com Email:  boknowshomes@gmail.com web:  WinnipegHomeFinder.comAnswer to look for:Make sure your listing agent is connected.He/She should have a cell phone, email, website,and any number of ways to be reached.
  19. 19. Direct Cell #  (204) 333-2202 Twitter:  @ bokauffmann Facebook:  facebook.com/winnipeghomefinderBlog:  blog.winnipeghomefinder.com Email:  boknowshomes@gmail.com web:  WinnipegHomeFinder.comQUESTION 10:WHAT IS YOUR COMMISSION RATE?Reason for asking:Commission is totally negotiable, and varies fromagent to agent.
  20. 20. Direct Cell #  (204) 333-2202 Twitter:  @ bokauffmann Facebook:  facebook.com/winnipeghomefinderBlog:  blog.winnipeghomefinder.com Email:  boknowshomes@gmail.com web:  WinnipegHomeFinder.comAnswer to look for:Like anything else in life, you get what you pay for.If it sounds too good to be true, it often is.So make sure you settle on a fair rate that provides YOU with allthe services, marketing and advertising to get the job doneright.....the first time!
  21. 21. Direct Cell #  (204) 333-2202 Twitter:  @ bokauffmann Facebook:  facebook.com/winnipeghomefinderBlog:  blog.winnipeghomefinder.com Email:  boknowshomes@gmail.com web:  WinnipegHomeFinder.comBonus Point: NEVER ask this question:HOW MUCH MONEYWILL YOU GET MEFOR MY HOUSE!
  22. 22. Direct Cell #  (204) 333-2202 Twitter:  @ bokauffmann Facebook:  facebook.com/winnipeghomefinderBlog:  blog.winnipeghomefinder.com Email:  boknowshomes@gmail.com web:  WinnipegHomeFinder.comReason:Many agents will simplyquote a higher number,just to get the listing.Reality is, no one canpredict what buyers will payfor your home.
  23. 23. Direct Cell #  (204) 333-2202 Twitter:  @ bokauffmann Facebook:  facebook.com/winnipeghomefinderBlog:  blog.winnipeghomefinder.com Email:  boknowshomes@gmail.com web:  WinnipegHomeFinder.comPROPER MARKETING AND ADVERTISING PLAN WILLATTRACT THE BUYERS INTO YOUR HOMEMORE BUYERS = MORE OFFERS = MORE MONEY
  24. 24. Direct Cell #  (204) 333-2202 Twitter:  @ bokauffmann Facebook:  facebook.com/winnipeghomefinderBlog:  blog.winnipeghomefinder.com Email:  boknowshomes@gmail.com web:  WinnipegHomeFinder.comIF YOURE THINKING OF SELLING YOURHOUSE OR CONDO IN WINNIPEG,PLEASE CONTACT ME ANYTIME.
  25. 25. Direct Cell #  (204) 333-2202 Twitter:  @ bokauffmann Facebook:  facebook.com/winnipeghomefinderBlog:  blog.winnipeghomefinder.com Email:  boknowshomes@gmail.com web:  WinnipegHomeFinder.comBO KAUFFMANNDirect Cell #  (204) 333-2202Email:  boknowshomes@gmail.comWeb:  WinnipegHomeFinder.comBlog:  blog.winnipeghomefinder.comTwitter:  @ bokauffmannFacebook:  facebook.com/winnipeghomefinder
  26. 26. Direct Cell #  (204) 333-2202 Twitter:  @ bokauffmann Facebook:  facebook.com/winnipeghomefinderBlog:  blog.winnipeghomefinder.com Email:  boknowshomes@gmail.com web:  WinnipegHomeFinder.comFollow me on Twitter@bokauffmann
  27. 27. Direct Cell #  (204) 333-2202 Twitter:  @ bokauffmann Facebook:  facebook.com/winnipeghomefinderBlog:  blog.winnipeghomefinder.com Email:  boknowshomes@gmail.com web:  WinnipegHomeFinder.comAre you interested in real estate issues?Tips for home owners, buyers and sellers?Real Estate Market Updates?Mortgage information?New listings?SIGN UP FOR MY BI-WEEKLY E-NEWSLETTER!

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