Questions to ask your realtor

Asking your realtor questions is very important. Some questions can be difficult to ask and can expose vulnerabilities or make you feel like you are undermining a person’s expertise. A good realtor will welcome your questions, ease your mind and remind you that you are the lead in your home buying process!

Asking the right questions will help you feel confident that you are choosing the real estate agent that will work to find the house you desire. Here are five questions to ask in order to help you get started:

  1. What is your experience as a real estate agent and do you speak other languages?

This question will help you find a real estate agent that you feel is qualified to help you through the home-buying process. If communicating in a language other than English is important to you, make sure the realtor you choose can accommodate your language preference.

  1. Do you know lenders that work with a variety of borrowers?

A realtor that has a variety of lenders they can refer you to will be able to get you in touch with the lender that fits your needs. If you need more flexibility in documenting income, or a lender that works with ITIN borrowers, this is an important question to ask.

  1. What is your schedule and how can I reach you?

Find out when this person works and how you can contact them if something is urgent. Do they prefer texting, calls, emails? You will want to be sure they are available during the time that works best for you.

  1. Do you work with a team or by yourself?

Knowing who you might be communicating with during the home buying process is important in order to avoid confusion and ensure you are dealing with the right people.

  1. What will it cost to hire you as my realtor?

Understanding up front, how your realtor will be paid and how much is an important piece to the home buying process, so be sure to ask!

In short, these questions are meant as a guide to help choose the best real estate agent for your situation.