9 Questions to Ask a Santa Cruz Realtor Before Hiring Them
Hello, hello! Today we are going to be talking about questions to ask your Santa Cruz realtor before you choose to hire them. I’m Shemeika Fox, your Santa Cruz real estate expert and stay tuned cause we got just what you need.
When you’re choosing your Santa Cruz Realtor, it is important to ask thoughtful and open-ended questions. You want to really keep the dialogue going, and to make sure that you are allowing yourself time to connect with that person. Make sure all of your questions are answered and communicate your needs for the Santa Cruz home buying or Santa Cruz home selling process.
Here are my 9 Questions to Ask a Realtor During an Interview!
Question #1: How well do you know the Santa Cruz area? How familiar are they with the local Santa Cruz ordinances that will affect the sale of your home? How well do they know the Santa Cruz real estate market? How well do they know the school system and the local community, the restaurants, events, etc.? If they’re an agent from Modesto or Hayward, will they really be the expert in Santa Cruz real estate? A Realtor from out of the area may not know the intricacies that play a large role in the reason that somebody would buy or sell a home right here in Santa Cruz. Therefore, a Santa Cruz Realtor who has knowledge and expertise in the Santa Cruz Community as well as the real estate market is crucial to achieving your goals.
Question #2: What sets you apart from other Santa Cruz Realtors? Now this is a very tricky question. You don’t want them to be super boastful but you also don’t want them to throw anybody under the bus. You want to hear what their expertises are and how they are going to serve you and your needs in the purchase and/or sale of your Santa Cruz home. What sets them apart from other Santa Cruz Realtors is a critical question, you want to know how they will go above and beyond to serve your needs. Don’t leave that interview question out.
Question #3: How many Santa Cruz homes do you have listed and/or how many homebuyers are you currently representing? This is a Goldilocks kind of question. You don’t want them to not be representing anybody because then all their focus will be on you, and it might be intense and maybe feel desperate or pushy. But you also don’t want them to have so many clients that they’re not going to pay any attention to you. It is important to know not only how many people they’re representing at one time but also what their team is comprised of. Do they have a buyer’s agent, an assistant, somebody that if you are in a pinch and you need to get into a house right away, or you need something done for the sale of your home, that that can be taken care of for you at that time of need.
Question #4: If you are selling your home… How will you be marketing my Santa Cruz home? Is the realtor that you are interviewing technologically savvy? How will they be exposing your home to the masses on the internet, on social media and also with print media? Print media is still actually a good way to market your home. 40% of buyers come as a result of a neighbor telling them about the properties. So when a listing agent sends out flyers to all the neighbors you better believe that they are telling their friends and family that your home is on the market.
Question #5: If you are buying a home… How will you be looking for and finding other off-market home sale opportunities that I might be interested in? Find out about their connections with other Santa Cruz Realtors. Do they have a well-versed community of other local realtors and are they very well connected within the community that you are looking for your home in?
Question #6: If you are selling your home… What do your fees include? Some agents, myself included, throw in an add value and we offer free cleaning and staging when you list your home with us, because we know how important presentation is when you are putting your home on the market and wanting to sell it for top dollar. So ask the listing agent that you are interviewing to sell your Santa Cruz home what is included in their fee.
Question #7: What is your preferred method of communication? Do they prefer texts, phone calls, or email? And make sure that the form of communication that works for them is compatible with the way that you like to communicate. If you are somebody that wants to be called for everything make sure you relay that information to both the buyer’s agent and the listing agent that you are interviewing to help you with your Santa Cruz real estate needs.
Question #8: If you are selling your home… What do you think the biggest challenge is going to be with the sale of my home? For example, if your home has not been updated and there’s a house right across the street that is also for sale but is remodeled and beautiful, and the Santa Cruz Realtor that you are interviewing does not address that, it is a red flag. If the Santa Cruz Realtor chooses to ignore potential challenges, or simply isn’t honest with you, then they’re not having the hard conversations with you upfront. It is very important for Realtor’s to have the hard conversations with you so that you are set up for success and your expectations are met throughout the process.
Question #9: When you are interviewing both a listing agent and a buyers agent to help you with your Santa Cruz real estate needs… Can you provide me with references? At this point, you may have a very good instinctual feeling about which realtor you would like to work with, but calling a few references to double check that gut instinct is a very important step to make sure that you are making the right decision. Previous clients will be able to tell you exactly why they enjoyed working with that Santa Cruz Realtor.
Those are my 9 Questions to Ask a Santa Cruz Realtor for a successful interview when you are choosing a listing agent right here in Santa Cruz or a Santa Cruz buyer’s agent to help you with your Santa Cruz real estate needs.
I’m Shemeika Fox, your Santa Cruz real estate expert. For more information on the home buying or home selling process, download our free buyer’s guide PDF or our free seller’s guide PDF. Or reach out to us to schedule a complimentary and confidential consultation.