Sure, Realtors can facilitate a great deal, when it comes to selling or buying a North Shore home. But to help with one of the largest transactions in your life,  you should do a little homework before engaging in a business relationship for such an important purchase. An effective Realtor can assist in determining an appropriate asking price, stage a house to sell and market the property properly.

It’s recommended that sellers interested in using the help of a real estate agent or a Realtor (the proper name of an agent who is a member of the National Association of Realtors) should interview at least three top agents before choosing one.

To find these potential Realtors, first ask neighbors for references, or attend open houses in your neighborhood. Strike up conversations with colleagues who have recently sold homes nearby. Once you have a list of Chicago-North Shore Realtors, set up interviews with individual agents.

Below are a 10 questions to ask before choosing a realtor:

  1. How well do you know the neighborhood?
  2. What are your plans for marketing my house?
  3. How much do you think I should ask for this house and how do you justify that price? Can I see the data?
  4. Will you be going to the closing with me or will you send an associate?
  5. With whom will I communicate in the office?
  6. What have you sold lately?
  7. How much experience do you have?
  8. What percentage of sales have closed?
  9. What is the average time the homes were on the market?
  10. How do you plan to market this house among your colleagues?

Look the agent up by name on the Internet, check their websites and reviews/feedback. Look for Realtors who not only give information, data, reports and statistics about their listings but also can provide valuable data about their region — both the good and the bad. You want an agent who knows their primary selling locations.

After looking on the Web, call Realtors who seem like a good fit. Recap the conversation. Do you hit it off? Do you feel like they’re trustworthy? Can you communicate well? Remember, you might be spending long hours with this individual. Having confidence in your North Shore Realtor, as well as feeling comfortable with him or her, can help you feel like you’re getting your money’s worth.

Gloria Matlin’s office is located at 640 Vernon Ave in downtown Glencoe, Illinois.  Our high-ranking, top performing, Coldwell Banker Real estate office has been providing superb service for over forty years. Let us show you our level of optimal Chicago’s North Shore real estate market expertise. More information on selecting a realtor can be found HERE