10 Questions to Ask When Hiring a HUMMINGBIRD Executive
Here are some smart questions to ask:
1. How long have you been in the business?
A freshly-licensed REALTOR® can do a wonderful job and will have up-to-date training; those in the business longer bring more practical experience to the table.
2. What is your average list-to-sale timeframe?
A competent listing REALTOR® should be able to provide you with statistics regarding their market averages with respect to home sales. Don't hesitate to ask the questions.
3. How will your marketing plan meet my needs?
Specifically, how will you sell my home? Where and how often do you advertise? Will you show me a sample flyer? How do you market online?
4. Will you provide references?
Ask if any of the references are related to the REALTOR®. Ask if you can call their references with additional questions.
5. What separates you from your competition?
Key phrases to listen for: assertive, available by phone or e-mail, analytical, professional, reliable, and able to maintain a good sense of humour under trying circumstances.
Also understand how your selected REALTOR® embraces current technology, social media and other 3D scanning techniques available in the market.
6. May I review documents that I will be asked to sign?
A good REALTOR® makes forms available to you before you are required to sign them.
HUMMINGBIRD Executives are always available to explain documents and answer whatever questions you might have.
7. How will you help me find other professionals?
Your HUMMINGBIRD Executive will be able to provide you with several reccomendations for everyone from:
- Mortgage Brokers
- Insurance Brokers
- Home Inspectors
- Handymen, etc.
8. How much do you charge?
You do not have to ask if the fee is negotiable, since all real estate fees are negotiated. It may be a good idea to ask what their commission fee is for your reference.
9. What kind of guarantee do you offer?
If you sign a listing agreement with the Hummingbird Executive and later find that you are unhappy with the arrangement, the Hummingbird Executive will let you cancel the agreement.
10. What have I not asked you that I need to know?
Pay close attention to how the REALTOR® answers this question, because there is always something you need to know--always.