As a real estate buyer, you will probably be interviewed by the seller, bank, or real estate agent. Did you know you can interview them as well? Your best bet to interview is the real estate agent. They are the ones who know the house you are interested in, will tell you the truth, and can help you if you decide to actually buy the house. Remember that a real estate agent wants to impress you, so they should not mind being interviewed.
There are several questions that you should ask when you go through a buyer interview. Do not let the real estate agent dominate the conversation! It is important that you answer the agent’s questions but it is equally important that you ask questions. Some real estate agents are so interested in getting the sale that they will talk over the buyer and talk only about the house. If the agent you are thinking of interviewing does this, it might be a good idea to consider getting another agent.
When you are interviewing an agent, you should make sure that the agent is upfront and honest with you. Any agent should tell you about how their commission works and what kind of service the agent can offer you. Many people assume that they have to pay their real estate agent and most of the time this is not true. Usually the seller is the one who pays the real estate agent, and the buyer is able to take advantage of the agent’s knowledge and skills without having to pay them a dime. The agent you are interviewing during the buyer interview should tell you about this fact.
During the buyer interview, ask your real estate agent what they are able to do for you. While they should tell you that immediately, make sure you find out what kind of services they offer, their education, and whether they are certified. This can make a big difference when it comes time to do the paperwork. You should also ask whether the agent is able to let you talk to the seller so you can hopefully find out about the house from the person who actually lives there, not just the agent. Sellers often know things the agents do not but sometimes will pad the truth, so it’s important to get both opinions.
It isn’t difficult to get the most out of your buyer interview. Go to the interview with a list of questions that you want to be answered, as this can help you narrow down your options and decide if the agent is the right one for you. Don’t feel funny about having a list; this will let the agent know that you are knowledgeable and serious about buying a home. If you can, research the agent on the real estate company’s website. You can probably find information such as email, phone number, and sometimes success rates and education.