Your real estate is a significant portion of your financial portfolio and it's important that you hire a professional who is extremely knowledgable and skilled - a team that can handle every aspect of your real estate transaction with total competence.
Home and cottage owners should interview a few potential REALTORS® before deciding on one to sell their home or cottage.The Phillips Team always stands out from their competition because they are true real estate professionals.
Here are some smart questions to ask:
1. How long have you been in the business?
An experience REALTOR® will have bring practical experience to the table and have the professional experience to walk clients through all types of different challenges. When dealing with your financial resources, you want to work with REALTORS® who have a wealth of knowledge and expereince in order to meet every aspect of your real estate needs.
2. What is your average list-to-sales-price ratio?
A competent listing REALTOR® will hold a track record for negotiating sales prices that are very close to list prices. The Phillips Team is excellent at determining the market value of real estate and assisting seller clients in achieving a very high list to sale ratio. This is a conversation that Gary loves to have with clients, providing them with market statistics and information for them to make intelligent and well-informed decisions about their real estate.
3. How will your marketing plan meet my needs?
A professional REALTOR® will explain all aspects of their advertising and marketing strategy and how these strategies will effectively market your home or cottage to qualified buyers. REALTORS® who have years of experience and have a successful career and business will also be able to discuss the implications of different marketing strategies, the current real estate market, financial market trends and more. The Phillips Team is well known for their strong marketing strategy that includes a full social media platform, professional magazine (The Phillips Team Cottage Country Real Estate Magazine), online and MLS featured listings, and more.
4. Will you provide references?
A REALTOR® with years of experience will be able to provide you with a number of references and testimonials from past clients. Check out our TESTIMONIALS page to see what our clients say about us.
5. What separates you from your competition?
Key phrases to listen for: experience, professional, excellent communication, business minded, analytical, reliable, and able to navigate challenging situations, problem solving, troubleshooting, detail oriented. When working with The Phillips Team, you have an award winning team and two licenced REALTORS® working for you and ensuring that your real estate needs are met in every way.
6. May I review documents that I will be asked to sign?
A good REALTOR® makes forms available to you before you are required to sign them, and goes over every word of each document with you prior to signing. Each and every document should be thoroughly explained so that you are very clear on what you are signing and the implications of doing so. Your REALTOR® should explain every aspect of your deal and answer all of your questions with full disclosure, honesty, integrity and professionalism.
7. How will you help me find other professionals?
Ask for a list of referring vendors that your REALTOR® has worked with and endorses. As well, your REALTOR® should be able to assist you in accessing the services you need to buy or sell real estate. These may include: home renovations, construction, boat dealers, cleaning, home inspection, staging, and more!
8. How much do you charge?
A professional REALTOR® will discuss with you the fee for their service. You get what you pay for! When hiring a professional REALTOR®, you are paying for their expertise, knowledge, business acumen, negotiating skills, administrative excellence, and much more. Buying and selling real estate is very serious and typically involves a significant amount of your financial resources. Be sure you hire a REALTOR® that is able to navigate you through each and every step of a real estate transaction with total confidence, competence, wisdom, knowledge, a calm demeanor and professional excellence. You will find this when working with The Phillips Team.
9. Can you tell me your opinion about the current real estate market and global trends?
The real estate industry is a huge industry and understanding how local, national and international trends are affecting the real estate industry and markets is extremely important. When you meet with REALTORS® be sure to engage each of them in a conversation about real estate, business, money markets, and more. Your REALTOR® should have a strong understanding of fiancial markets, issues and trends and be able to discuss these in detail and with knowledge and insights that are relevant to you and your real estate needs.
10. What haven’t I asked you that I need to know?
Pay close attention to how the REALTOR® answers this question, because there is always something you need to know--always. When working with The Phillips Team, we will be sure to provide you with answers to all of your questions and raise questions for you that we know you will need the answer(s) to. It is always our intention to provide our clients with all of the information they require to make informed decisions.
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