Interview Questions to Ask Your Realtor Before Buying

Interview Questions to Ask Your Realtor Before Buying

Whenever an employer hires someone new, they don’t call in the first resume they see and get them to start working right away. Rather, they interview the candidate first to see if their credentials fit the job, and if their personality is the right fit for the team. In the same way, you don’t want any Realtor working with you without ensuring they’re the right one. After all, your home buying experience will be as good as the Realtor you hire.

Included below are key questions to help you identify if you’ve hired the right Realtor.

1. How do you determine which homes match our wants and needs?
Great Realtors have systems in place to determine what homes match your wants and needs. You can expect a great Realtor to ask about your price range, preferred neighborhoods, square footage, non-negotiables, and other specific features to help narrow their search. In most cases, once we’ve identified your wants and needs, we usually only have to show you 10 homes or less until you’ve found the right one. Thankfully that saves you time and unnecessary stress.

2. Do you have a list of trustworthy professionals you can recommend to me?
A great Realtor will have several professional contacts to help improve the probability of a smooth purchase. Because we work with mortgage specialists, lawyers, home inspectors, and other professionals on an ongoing basis, we can recommend top industry experts who’ve been proven to deliver exceptional service.

3. Can you provide me with references or testimonials from past clients?
Every Realtor should be able to provide you with a handful of testimonials so that you know how good of a job they’ve done for past clients. Character and integrity come a lot easier when things run well, but then they get tested when unforeseen complications arise. What did the agent do to help make things right for past clients? Having proof that they stand by their client builds your trust that they will support you if anything unexpected occurs along the way.

4. Why should we work with you?
This can be a challenging question for any Realtor. It’s especially difficult if the agent doesn’t have a strong belief in their ability and confidence to do their job well. These intangibles take time to build; along with added discipline to develop what core values they live and work by. As Realtors we don’t have a tangible product to help ‘sell’ ourselves. What we sell (houses), every other agent also has access to. Therefore when choosing a Realtor, you want to feel confident that they’re the right person to work with.

If you’re about to embark on possibly the greatest investment you’ll ever make, you want to ensure you have the right Realtor working for you. Whether you’re a first time buyer, thinking about selling, or just want to talk about what options might be available for you, we’d be happy to see how we can help you achieve your real estate goals!

Jason Rustand with RE/MAX Real Estate serves with the highest level of integrity and excellence every time. For more info on this topic or others related to real estate contact LIKE our Jason Rustand Team Facebook page, call Jason direct at 780.919-0004, email or visit