Questions to ask when choosing a real estate agent

Getting the most exposure for your home or property should be one of your top concerns when choosing a real estate agent to represent you.  More than 90% of buyers search the internet before they choose a home that they would like to see, and your home should show up on all the major web sites.

When you choose an agent that is a member of a Multiple Listing Service, you can rest assured that all of the agents in that MLS will have access to information on your home.  Multiple Listing Services also offer the ability for agents and brokers to feed the listings to their own branded websites, which most do.  For example, if you were to go to www.cbgreatlakes.com you will find homes that are listed by Coldwell Banker as well as many other companies.  

Unfortunately, listing agents and brokers have the ability to decline your home from feeding to other websites including Realtor.com, Trulia, Zillow, realestateone.com, remax.com, etc.  

Companies that decline the feed from the MLS might send information on your home to other websites by feeding the listings from their company website.  Your listing might be included on Trulia, Zillow, Realtor.com, etc., but it is not likely to be included on ReMax.com, Coldwell Banker.com, Realestateone.com, Century21.com, or other branded sites except for the company that has listed the home.  

Ask your real estate agent if their company limits or declines the feeds from the Multiple Listing Service.  If they do, ask them to make an exception or list your home with a company that will won't handicap the marketability by your home.

 

9 Comments

  1. Max Jones 05/22/2017 at 11:00 AM

    I really like how you talked about choosing an agent who has access to the MLS system. We've been looking for property for sale, and I think that working with an agent who can look for what we want on the MLS would be super helpful to us. I'm going to have to ask for some recommendations for an agent who specializes in finding property for sale, and hopefully get what we're looking for soon!

  2. Jade Brunet 05/24/2017 at 9:56 AM

    I agree with what was said about the importance of getting lots of exposure for your home when choosing a real estate agent. Knowing that there is someone there to represent you in this process would be reassuring. Speaking with past clients about their experience with the realtor would be a good way of finding if they thought their home was properly represented.

  3. Annika Larson 06/19/2017 at 2:48 PM

    My husband and I are looking to sell our home and upsize for our growing family. We want to make sure we have the right real estate agent by our side to help us with the whole process. As we look for an agent, we'll be sure to find someone that is a member of the multiple listing service to ensure access to information on our home.

  4. Rachel Lannister 06/28/2017 at 1:47 PM

    I was talking to my father and he was telling me about how he was thinking of moving but wanted to find a real estate agent first. You wrote that you should look for an agent that knows how to use the internet to properly market your home and also find you a home. This would be great as homes can sell so quickly with the internet these days and with an agent who knows how to do it my father would be able to be competitive.

  5. Sandra Hexner 07/25/2017 at 11:16 AM

    I haven't heard that advice yet to ask for the listing of my home to be on every list available. That is a genius way to be sure my home will be on every platform available and so my home will sell faster than the average home. Thanks for the tip, so I choose the best real estate agent to sell my home as soon as possible.

  6. Annika Larson 08/02/2017 at 3:30 PM

    My husband and I are looking to sell our home. We want to make sure we choose a real estate agent that will help sell our home quickly and for a good price. Like you said, one of our top concerns should be getting the most exposure for our home through internet use. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Harper Campbell 08/09/2017 at 2:04 PM

    My husband and I are wanting to move out of our house, but we need help in finding a real estate agent to help us be able to sale it. I like how you pointed out that we need to be able to look to find someone that has access to multiple listings so that they will be able to get access to information on our house. This would be really helpful in getting someone that will be able to help us find the right kind of people to try and sell to, and hopefully make it go by faster.

  8. scott 09/15/2017 at 9:01 PM

    I like that you recommend to ask your agent if they have access to MLS. I can see why this would help you sell or find a house that is best for you. This is something I'll need to keep in mind when I start looking for a house.

  9. Finley Moreira 09/25/2017 at 11:54 AM

    I appreciated your tip to see if the realtor you hire will be utilizing the MLS when marketing your home. I'd like my home to get sold as soon as possible, so would having it marketed through the MLS be the best way to go about doing this? If so, I'd make sure to hire a realtor that uses the MLS when marketing my home.

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