3 Questions to Ask a Real Estate Agent

When you are looking to hire a real estate agent there are some questions you should ask your agent. You don’t want to just work with someone because they are a friend of a friend. You’ll want to hire a real estate agent that knows the local market, knows how to negotiate on your behalf and someone you’ll enjoy working with. 

So, the next time your next door neighbor tells you that their son got a real estate license, pause and ask them these important questions before moving forward.

Watch the above video for 3 important questions to ask a real estate agent before hiring them to buy or sell your home. 

Hiring a real estate agent is a big step in moving forward on an important financial decision. Choose someone who is a full time agent that takes the profession seriously. Be sure to make sure you know the “Why” in what they are doing and finally make sure that they are going to communicate with you in a way that you feel good about. The number one complaint that people have with their real estate agents is that they felt like they didn’t know what was going on or they were not communicated with as much as they’d like. You can have the proper expectations if you ask the above questions from the beginning. 

Looking to hire a professional Real Estate Agent in Northern Colorado? Andy Hawbaker is a licensed Realtor serving Windsor, Fort Collins, Loveland and surrounding areas. Reach out with your questions and get expert real estate advice.  


Do I Need A Realtor to Buy New Construction?

One question I often get from new home buyers is “Do I need a Realtor® to buy a new construction home?”. The answer is absolutely, YES and here are the reasons why.

Ask yourself, do I want someone working as a buyers agent on my behalf? A real estate agent working for you as a buyers agent has a fiduciary responsibility to negotiate and work in your best interest. While in the state of Colorado, a builder can sell directly to you using their own documents, wouldn’t you want someone in the transaction with your best interest in mind?

Also, having a Realtor on your team adds no additional cost to you. The builder/seller will pay the commission to the Realtor® in their closing costs. It doesn’t affect your fees or purchase price. So, in effect the seller is paying for you to have full representation. That’s a no brainer.

I mentioned above that builders can legally use their own contracts. It’s true. They don’t use the Real Estate Commission approved forms and contracts that have legal protection in place for both the buyer and seller. Guess who usually benefits from the use of contracts that are self created?

Also, don’t get fooled by the real estate agent who is working in the show home. #2: they are working on behalf of the builder and #2: usually they put thier state issued real estate license into an inactive status when employed by a builder. They do this so they are no longer legally responisible to uphold the same responsibilities that licensed real estate agent have to.

Don’t get me wrong, I think buying newly built homes is a smart move. The last two homes I bought for my family were both new construction and in both cases I utilized a Realtor to work on my side. If you have additional questions about working with a Realtor to buy new construction just reach out. I’m always happy to help.

Another Important Read: 3 Forgotten Costs When Buying New Construction Homes