Compare Listing Agents by Asking These Questions And Read My Answers to Learn About Me
q Are you a full time Realtor or a part time Realtor and why is this important?
o I am a full time realtor on call 7 days a week.
o A full time realtor is always available to answer questions and seize every opportunity to serve his clients so no deal is missed.
q Can you show me your personal web site?
o Having a web site is a way of showing professionalism and pride.
o The website should give valuable information to Buyers and Sellers.
o It is also a good way to communicate with current and potential clients.
q May I see your resume or personal brochure?
o A personal brochure is a great way of showing professionalism and pride and a great way for a realtor to introduce himself to potential clients (see About Me Page)
q How hard is it to get a hold of you?
o My cell phone is on from 7AM to 8PM each day.
o If I cannot answer when it rings because I am in a meeting, with a customer or if I am out of range, I will call back as soon as I see that someone tried to call me or as soon as possible.
o All of my advertising includes my cell phone number so that I am available at all times to all buyers and other realtors.
q What is your educational background?
o I graduated from Cal State Northridge with a degree in accounting.
q What is your business background?
o I owned and operated an automotive engine rebuilding company in the Los Angeles area for 28 years. I had 33 employees and a 20,000 sq. ft. building. . Among many of my duties I was responsible for the accounting, advertising, systems controls, human resources, scheduling, hiring, negotiating, buying, etc.
o When I moved to Oregon I started a silk-screening business which I ran for six years.
q Do you have negotiation skills?
o Yes, I learned many negotiating skills through my dealings with my employees, vendors, and customers while running both of my companies.
o My negotiating skills have been invaluable to me as a real estate agent in making the best deals for my clients.
q What do you know about the market in my area?
o I have lived in Grants Pass since 1996 and know the area very well.
o I vacationed and visited relatives here for 12 years prior to moving to Grants Pass.
o I have a great deal of knowledge of the area and the local housing market.
q Do you have a written marketing plan?
o Yes I feel this is extremely important to my listing clients.
o Owners have a right to see how their property will be marketed so I have a written plan.
o Owners should closely look at an agent’s marketing plan.
o My marketing plan is unique and each item should be discussed and compared.
o See a copy of my marketing plan in this section of this presentation book.
q If I list with you will I be dealing on a weekly basis with you or with one of your assistants?
o You will be dealing directly with me in all phases of the sale of your property.
o I keep in personal contact with you on a weekly basis if not more often and I am usually available to you.
q If you are out of town do you have someone to cover for you and how familiar will they be with my listing?
o I work with a few other realtors in my office that I trust to take over for me when needed. We handle each other’s business while one of us is out of town.
o Even when I am out of town I can usually be reached on my cell phone or I check my messages regularly.
q What do you do different than other realtors?
o The combination of everything mentioned above is very unique to most realtors.
o I a nut shell, I Care About My Clients and I Consider Myself a Professional.
q What type of internet marketing do you do?
o I believe that internet marketing is the best way to market any property.
o It is now reported that over 85% of buyers start their search for a home by searching the internet. I pay additional costs to get my listings, with additional pictures and information, on numerous websites which feed almost every major search engine in the nation and much of the world.
o All of my internet marketing includes maps and most, include a virtual tour of my listings.
q How many listings do you take on at one time
o I find that 15 listings can keep a realtor very busy. Depending on the type of listings, a realtor cannot personally work with his sellers and give them the full service they deserve when listing more than that.
q How many for your listings have not sold?
o Very few of my listings go unsold. If they do go unsold it is always because the sellers have not taken my advice.
q Do you do provide Visual Tours?
o I do on homes that are large enough to make the virtual tours effective.
q How many pictures to you put in the listings?
o This depends on the size of the home and the property but usually I have been putting 30 to 50 pictures on the internet. Changes in our MLS as of November 2016 now only allow 24 pictures. This makes the virtual tours more meaningful.
q What type of documents do you put with the listings
o I believe in giving both the other agents and the buyers as much information as possible including aerial maps, disclosures, inspections, CC&Rs, etc.
q What type of information do you leave in the home for Buyers to see?
o MLS listing printout, flyer, features and general information list, plat map, aerial maps, seller disclosures, inspections, CC&Rs, schools, and hospital, etc.
q Are you willing to show me your past listings history on the MLS and what information you supply to the MLS for them
o I would be happy to sit down at the computer with you and show you my listings history and compare myself to any other realtor.