Choosing the right realtor can help ensure you get the right house at the right price.  Here’s a checklist of questions to ask potential realtors before deciding to work with one.

Qualifications: Ask to see a personal brochure or resume. Look for experience in your area, in your price range, and letters of reference.

Full-Time Realtor: Ask if this is their full-time career and whether they’re committed to it in the long term.

Track Record: How many properties have they sold in the last 3 months? How do they rank among peers? How many current listings do they have? What has their ranking been over the last 5 years? Where does their company rank in sales and market share?

Strategy: Ask how they’ll approach your home search. Simply rely on MLS listings? Or do they have other sources of homes to show you? Are they willing to change their strategy to adapt to market conditions, or are they inflexible?

Length of time for search: How long do they think it’ll take? What’s the average length of time in your area and in the current market?

Price negotiation: What’s the current selling price versus asking price in your area and in the current market? Is their personal sell vs. ask price better or worse than average?

Support Staff: Ask whether they have support people to assist in the process.  This also gives you an additional contact when you need it.

Viewing Appointments: Do they prefer to pre-book viewing excursions or are they flexible enough to show you listings as they become available?