Interviewing a Vail Valley REALTOR, Part 1

Finding the right Realtor to help you sell your Vail Valley home can seem like a daunting task.  After all, your home is likely your single most valuable asset – it is important to enlist the aid of someone who will handle this sale with the skill and professionalism it demands. While referrals from friends and family are a great place to start, it can be hard to separate true Vail Valley Real Estate Professionals from less qualified, experienced or serious agents.

When you meet a prospective agent, remember that this is, first and foremost, a job interview. Unfortunately, those of us outside of the HR department may not have much experience conducting job interviews. With that in mind, here are some questions you may want to ask a potential agent, and why they may help you find the right agent for your needs.

These questions will help you evaluate an agent’s level of professionalism and commitment. Part two of this post will focus on experience and performance.

Are you a full-time or part-time Realtor?

Not all licensed agents are in the full-time business of selling your home.  While a part-time agent may be acceptable under some circumstances, a full-time Realtor is fully invested in selling your home.

Do you prospect for buyers on a daily basis and how do you do it?

Like the previous question, this will help you determine the agent’s level of commitment. Even a full-time agent may not be proactively focused on your property.  The best agents have proven systems in place to continually seek out potential buyers and make sure those buyers are aware of your home.

Can you provide me with a detailed Step-by-Step Marking Plan of Action?

Again, the best agents will rely on proven systems for selling homes, but these shouldn’t be “cookie-cutter” plans any more than your home is a “cookie cutter” home.  What initial steps with the agent take to ensure your home has a strong “launch,” and what regular steps will be taken once it is on the market?

Will I receive live updates on Real Estate activity in my area?

A good agent will be keeping an eye on activity in both the wider market and your specific neighborhood, but this is information you will want to have available as well. Access to real-time updates including price changes, houses that sell and houses that have gone up for sale will give you an accurate picture of how your property is performing.

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