Top 5 Questions To Ask Real Estate Agents

Buying a home in the Boulder area could easily be the biggest financial transaction you will make, so you will want to make sure you have a knowledgeable real estate agent by your side to help guide you through this process. In a hot market like ours, it is important to make sure you have an expert who will go the extra mile for you whether you are looking to buy or sell so I encourage you to take your time and interview your Realtor. There are no right or wrong questions to ask, but to help you get started, here are my top 5 questions you should ask a real estate agent before you hire them!

How Long Have You Been A Realtor In This Market Area?

You know you’re on the right track to finding the right Realtor for you when you find someone who has worked full-time in your market area for at least 4 years! This means they should know this market area well. This agent has learned things you can only learn on the job as a full-time agent. I have been working in this market area for over 5 years and have been living in the area for over 21 years. I have a track record of success in the Boulder area and have the testimonials to prove it!

 

What Qualities Or Certifications Set You Apart From Other Agents?

An experienced agent stays on top of changes in a variety of real estate issues that may affect you and the purchase or sale of your home. Agents can continue to learn and grow and can have several certifications. It’s a good idea to ask them this question so you can see which qualifications or certifications they have! You can oftentimes find a list of these on their website. Some of my accomplishments during my career are winning Rookie of the Year in 2016 and was awarded the International Sterling Society Award. This award is only given to the top 14% of all Coldwell Banker Sales Associates in the world!

I have a proven track record of sales and a thorough knowledge of the local market. I am also a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist and a member of the Million Dollar Guild. In addition, I am a Certified Negotiation Expert and regularly utilize my skills in negotiation for both my buyers and sellers. My wealth of knowledge attained as a Certified New Home Specialist and Residential Construction Certified has aided me in representing numerous clients who have had their homes built. I have other certifications and continue to keep abreast of all issues in real estate.

How Will You Help Us With The Sale Or Purchase Of Our Home?

As I mentioned above, the real estate market is hot right now, and houses are moving fast. Sellers are getting multiple offers on their homes that they have placed for sale. Buying or selling in a fast moving market can be stressful. Having a Realtor who knows the area and knows how to be there for you during this time is especially important. If you’re looking to buy you’ll want someone who knows the community inside and out the way I do. Also, you will want someone who is an excellent negotiator. If you are looking to sell you will want to know how to accurately price your home for a quick sale.

You will also want a real estate agent who will go the extra mile to aggressively market your home to help you get top dollar for your home. It is also key to have a Realtor who will work hard to anticipate your needs and provide you with as stress-free a transaction as possible. As a full-service, real estate expert, this is what I excel at.

How Will We Communicate?

This is another important question you will want to know the answer to. If you aren’t able to have open and effective communication you could miss the perfect home or a potential buyer. A good real estate agent will ask you what you prefer and then communicate with you that way. This can be through text, emails, phone calls, or even social media messages. Chances are you will find yourself communicating all of these ways! But communication is so much more than how you prefer to connect with your Realtor. You will also want an agent that will listen to you and work hard to represent your interests. What is it that you really want? I will take the time to listen and understand so that I can anticipate my clients’ needs and exceed their expectations.

 

Who Can I Contact For References or Testimonials?

When researching who the right Realtor is for you, you can ask for references or find past clients’ reviews or testimonials. Sometimes these will be on the generic real estate websites like Realtor or Zillow, but you should also check if the real estate agent has their own website. I have multiple testimonials on my website so that potential clients can see how people felt about working with me. I think this helps give people an idea of how I work as an agent and what kind of work I’ve done in the past.

How Can I Help?

If you have any further questions about finding the right Realtor for you in the Boulder area, or Top 5 Questions To Ask Real Estate Agent? Please reach out to me! I want my clients to know I am here for them. I am still keeping social distancing guidelines in check when it comes to showings for my listed properties as well as taking the utmost care when showing my buyers homes. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out and contact me! I will continue to provide my clients with interesting and up-to-date information so they can make informed decisions. If you are planning on buying or selling a home in the near future and you think that my expertise and positive attitude might be of service to you don’t hesitate to reach out and contact me!

If you would you like more information about the Boulder area or the real estate market specifically, click here to download my current market report on the area or visit this link – http://elisabethnelsonrealestate.com/market-report-newsletter/

Elisabeth Nelson
Broker-Associate
Luxury Home Specialist & New Home Specialist
Coldwell Banker Realty
(303) 916 5859
elisabeth.nelson@coloradohomes.com