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12 Questions To Ask Any Real Estate Agent
12 Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring Any Real Estate Agent and or REALTOR in Washington, D.C., Maryland or Virginia.
Here Are 12 Powerful and Insightful Questions You Should Ask A Real Estate Agent and or a Realtor BEFORE You Sign Anything!
If you’re in the market to sell your home, OR purchase a home, there’s something you should know.
Real Estate Agents and REALTORS in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia Are NOT All The Same!
Your decision to place your home for sale involves more than simply
running an ad, holding a few open houses, and waiting for the sales
proceeds check. And your decision to buy a home clearly involves more
than looking at two or three homes, making an offer, and moving in.
Hiring the wrong Realtor in Maryland, DC, Virginia
or anywhere for that matter can mean the difference between making or
losing money, selling or buying quickly…or taking a long time, a
trouble-free transaction, or a living nightmare.
have experience interviewing people (and Real Estate Agents in
particular), you won’t always know what questions to ask. Further, you
won’t always know what answer will best suit your needs for buying or
selling. So here’s a list of 12 important and insightful questions you
should ask ANY Real Estate Agent in Maryland and the DC Metropolitan Area in general BEFORE you sign anything.
Question #1: How Long Have You Been Practicing Real Estate in Maryland or State you live in?
This question will reveal more than just years practicing. You want to
delve down into the number of transactions, average price range,
specialized areas and types of homes they’ve purchased or sold. You
also want to know how productive they’ve been in each year in
Some Real Estate Agents
in business less than five years may have more experience than other
agents in business 10 years or more! You want to know how many brokers
they’ve worked for, and what kind of experience they have that will
apply directly to your real estate situation.
Question #2: What Qualifications Do You Have To Sell Real Estate in Maryland, DC and Virginia?
This question looks for their overall commitment and dedication to
building his/her personal skills. If they’re not willing to commit to
improving themselves, they may not commit to your needs and
First, look at their overall education. Did they go to college? Do they have any REALTOR
or professional designations? How often do they invest in improving
their skills and keeping up with technology and other industry trends?
Experience should also carry over to negotiating and financial skills.
And don’t forget the ancillary experience required for Real Estate.
Question #3: Tell Me About Your Personal Real Estate Operation in Maryland?
This is an open-ended question designed to get your Real Estate Agent
talking about his or her business. You want to know how much they’ve
invested into their business as it relates to giving you competent and
quality service. For example, do they have an assistant to take home
inquiries when they’re not in the office? Do they have a pager,
cellular phone, email, and other methods for reaching them?
Here’s what you’re looking for: The more a Real Estate Agent or REALTOR invests into his or her own success, office, and systems, the more he/she will be able to commit to you.
Question #4: Can You Give Me A List Of Client References To Call?
An agent who doesn’t accumulate a list of satisfied references either
doesn’t do much business, or isn’t providing the kind of service or
follow-through you need. References don’t always need to be past
clients. Get professional references as well: bankers, mortgage
lenders, appraisers, attorneys, etc.
Question #5: Do You Have A Formal And Written Marketing Plan For Selling Homes?
This question applies more to sellers than buyers. Your Real Estate Agent’s marketing plan needs to be extensive – not just holding open houses, entering your home on MLS, or running classified ads.
The key to selling a home is CONSISTENCY. Your home must be
consistently marketed to those people capable of buying. This cannot
be accomplished if a Real Estate Agent
doesn’t have a diversified arsenal of marketing strategies. Look for
special ideas, consistency, and persistence in his or her marketing
Question #6: What Systems
Do You Have For Tracking The Home Market (Buyers)/ or Tracking My Home
Listing (Sellers) On A Regular Basis?
This is a very
important question. If you’re a home buyer, you want to know his or
her competence in understanding values of certain areas. They also
need systems to keep you continually up-to-date with opportunities in
the market. You want them to have more than “access to Multiple
Listing Service.” How often does that Real Estate Agent or REALTOR actually preview homes in Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia and/or your price range? How often do they talk to neighbors or participate with other activities in those areas?
If you’re a seller, you want to price your home correctly, and be
regularly updated with important buyer activity. How many calls did
you get on your home this week? What marketing strategies did you
use? How many home visits from other agents did you have (and what
were their comments)? How many people visited your open house?
If a Real Estate Agent does not have specific systems for measuring and reporting these items, perhaps you should consider someone else.
Question #7: Do You Guarantee Your Performance?
Some Real Estate Agents in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia
will give you a blank stare at this question. If they do, you might
want to consider taking your business elsewhere. Why? Because you
need to know if your interests are aligned. Is your agent willing to
stake his or her successful outcome with yours?
Why shouldn’t your Real Estate Agent also guarantee his/her performance?
Smart REALTORS guarantee their services for two reasons:
They’re confident they can perform for you because of their experience,
commitment, and work ethic; and 2) It’s smart marketing for an agent to
guarantee his/her services. If you buy a television, it’s guaranteed.
If you buy a car, it’s guaranteed. These days, nearly everyone must
offer a guarantee to help stimulate a sale. Real Estate Agents on the
cutting edge of marketing guarantee their services.
you don’t like the service I’m providing you or I’m not meeting your
expectations, fire me! You’re in control.” Kacem Benali.
Question #8: Can You Refer Me To A Reputable Mortgage Lender, Banker, Appraiser, or Real Estate Lawyer?
This question reveals how active the Real Estate Agent
is, and how well connected they are professionally. At some point in
the buying or selling process, you will need the services of a
reputable, competent lender, appraiser, title company, etc. If your REALTOR
is active, committed, and diligent with their practice, he or she will
be able to give you a few names of each right on the spot.
Take a look at what Paul Stagnitto from Equity United Mortgage Brokers has to say about the financing Process.
Question #9: What Percentage Of Your Business Comes By Referral?
Here’s the “$64,000 question!” Competent, well-known Real Estate Agents in Rockville, MD and everywhere else get a large part of their business from satisfied past clients and members of their sphere of influence.
If a Real Estate Agent in Bethesda, MD
for example or elsewhere gets less than 25% of new business through
referrals, it may be because: 1) The quality of service they offer is
not up to standard (hence, people don’t feel compelled to refer to them
after a transaction); 2) They lack the marketing experience or skills
required to market for referrals (which means they may not bring strong
skills to your transaction); or 3) They don’t cultivate contacts in
their business (which means they won’t have many people to speak with
about your home).
Clearly, the best way past clients show
their gratitude for outstanding service is by referring their family,
friends, and associates.
Question #10: How Many People Do You Speak With Each Day About Real Estate?
This question will tell you how connected an agent is, and how active
they’ll “talk-up” your home to buyers, or find a home for you by
talking to other Real Estate Agents. Hopefully, your agent talks to at least 20 people a day about real estate. If not, they may not be very active.
Question #11: Do You Personally Spend Money Advertising Your Services Or Homes For Sale?
This question pertains more to listings, but it’s also a question a
buyer should ask to determine an agent’s commitment to invest in the
successful outcome of their client. There are two situations to
1) Real Estate Agents
who are very busy and who produce a lot of income for their broker will
frequently receive advertising allowances from their broker. If your
agent receives allowances, that’s generally a good sign.
2) However, if a REALTOR or Real Estate Agent
is not as busy, OR if their broker does not have an ad allowance for
top producers, you want to learn their commitment to “put their money
where their mouth is” when it comes to marketing your home.
Question #12: Will You Personally Handle Contract Negotiations?
Surprisingly, many Real Estate Agents and Realtors in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia
simply submit or receive offers, and act as a conduit between you and
the buyer (or seller). That’s not good enough. You want an agent who
has reasonable Negotiation Skills (Read what Kacem has to say about Negotiation Skills). You want an agent who’s committed to your interests.
I negotiate all my contracts personally, it’s the best and most
important part of my job so why would I let anyone one else take care
of it?” Kacem Benali.
They’ll need to represent you to other Real Estate Agents
and buyers/sellers. It’s a good idea to follow-up the above question
by investigating specifically HOW their negotiation skills saved other
clients money, hassles, or help a deal come together.
There Are “Real Estate Agents”…
And Then There Are Committed Professionals.
Which One Do YOU Want Representing Your Interests?
The answers to the above questions should give you a good feel for the commitment and competency of the Real Estate Agent in Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia you’re thinking about using. Remember, all agents are not the same!
Over the past five years, I have recognized this fact, which is why I
wrote this special report, and structured my practice to give the most
competent service possible.
There’s a difference between Real Estate Agents
who simply sell real estate, and those who COMMIT to whatever it takes
to serve clients beyond their expectations. I’ve been in real estate
over five years. I am a full-time REALTOR®. I have a Business and Communications Degree with a Minor in French from Arizona State University and a complete resume for your review.
I also make it a priority to educate you on every aspect of Buying or Selling a Home in Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia.
I have a long list of past clients and professional references you can
call at any time to discuss the quality of my service and follow-up.
I have an unprecedented and EXCLUSIVE! 28-Step marketing plan that is
unequalled by anyone in the industry. I have specifically designed
marketing tracking systems for buying markets, and for homes I list and
I guarantee everything I do in writing. This places
the burden of risk and performance on ME, not you. I also have
references for reputable people in mortgage lending, appraisals, title
and escrow companies, tax specialists, and attorneys. These are people
I have used in other transactions.
Each day, I speak with
over 20 people directly related to buying or selling real estate. And
I receive over 80% of my new clients through referrals and repeat
business. My personal marketing involves such outstanding and
continued service to my existing clients and personal network that
they’re inclined to share my services with family and friends.
I’m Not Saying These Things To Impress You,
But Impress UPON You The Difference Between A
Real Estate Agent, And A Competent, Dedicated Professional.
Buying and selling Real Estate in Maryland, Washington D.C and Virginia
can be tricky business. And selecting the wrong Real Estate Agent can
cost you a lot of money, headaches, and wasted time. TRY my services,
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➢ How much money I can save you on your next transaction.
➢ How I can reduce your time to sell your existing home, or locate a great home at the right price.
How I can help refer you to competent real estate services: special
loan packages, title and escrow services, appraisers, and more.
➢ How I can make your sale or purchase problem FREE!
Call me at (202) 413-3052 to get started.
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enjoy working with clients, and sometimes my practice gets booked up
fast. In order to make sure I have undivided time for you, I need to
hear from you immediately so there are no time conflicts in helping
Plus, I know there’s a natural tendency to
procrastinate and put off important decisions. But the more you
procrastinate, the more pressure ultimately rests with you.
By Not Acting Now, You Could Open Yourself To
Losing Thousands Of Dollars
So call now, and I’ll immediately arrange a convenient time to meet and
share with you my exclusive buyer and seller marketing programs.
Kacem Benali REALTOR.
Mobile: (202) 413-3052
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P.S. Knowing the right questions to ask any Real Estate Agent can save you an enormous amount of money, time, and hassles. And clearly, not all Real Estate Agents and Realtors
are the same! So when you’re finished reading this report, give me a
call at (202) 413-3052 for a Free, no obligation review of how I can
save you time, money, and hassles on your next Real Estate
transaction. I look forward to hearing from you!
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