May 16, 2019 at 4:36pm | Hello The Huntley Team
As the consumer, the power is in your hands to choose an agent to work for you. But, if you’ve never sold or bought a home before, knowing how to find a trustworthy and successful agent can be tricky. Lucky for you, we have a whole team of them! When you are shopping around for an agent make sure to learn the answers to these important questions:

How long have you been a real estate agent in Alaska? All markets are different. Selling a home in South Carolina is not the same as selling a home in Alaska. An agent needs to be comfortable with the culture and community, something that can only be achieved if they have previous experience selling here.

How many homes did you close on each year? Asking about only the past year will give you skewed statistics. We all know the housing market fluctuates, so it’s better to get an overall average than know about the last 12 months.

When we work together, who will be the primary point of contact? Is your agent an extremely busy one with multiple clients? If that’s the case, you may be contacting their assistant. It’s important to know that beforehand so you can decide if that is the type of contact you are satisfied with.

What sets you apart from the other agent options I have? This could be life experiences, certifications, or qualifications. Sometimes you realize you can relate to one agent more than others, and that instant connection can be the winning factor when choosing your agent.

What is your commission fee? What is the average commission fee in this area?  Know how much you will be paying them before you get the bill. If they have a higher fee than other agents, ask them what they do differently that allows them to charge more.
 
Do you require a contract to be signed? If I choose to terminate the contract is there a penalty?

How and how often will you communicate with me?  Weekly, bi-weekly, monthly? You want to know what you can expect, so you don’t feel forgotten by your agent.

Who can I contact for references?  Always ask for a reference! It’s easy for a person to sell themselves to you, but you can discover their true strengths and weaknesses by questioning references.

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