Interview Questions for hiring a real estate agent

Interviewing a real estate agent can be about as fun as going to the dentist. Many of us don’t interview potential candidates on a regular basis. Use these interview questions when you’re getting ready to interview a real estate agent to work with you in the sale of your home.

General Impressions

  • Was the agent on time and prepared for your meeting?
  • Is the agent someone you would be comfortable working with?
  • Do you LIKE him/her? Education/Background
  • How effective are you at getting homes sold?
  • How long have you worked in real estate?
  • Are you full-time?
  • During what hours are you available?
  • Do you have references?
  • What is your experience in working with seniors?
  • Do you work by yourself or with a team? Who will be my contact person?
  • What designations have you earned?
  • What 3 things are you particularly good at?
  • Do you have referrals?
  • How well do you know the senior housing market and available vacancies? (very important when it comes to planning your move)

Services Offered

  • What is your marketing plan to sell me property?
  • What type of internet marketing do you do? (If you’re aren’t comfortable using technology, ask to see print outs of your home on the websites where it will be listed).
  • What steps will you take to make sure the buyer is qualified? How will you make sure we close on time?
  • Can you connect me to financial professional who can help protect my assets?
  • How often can I expect communication from you about the progress of selling my home? What kind of regular reports will you provide to me?
  • How can I present my home in the very best light to potential buyers when they come to look at it?
  • Can you provide me with referrals to professionals who can help me with the above-mentioned improvements or other aspects of my move?
  • What will my expenses be to sell my house? What will be my “net” after selling my home?

Results **The most important!**

  • In the last year, how many houses have you sold? How many of them where listings?
  • In the last year, how many of your listings did not sell?
  • In the last year, what was the average sale price compared to the list price?
  • And finally:
    What is your commission?