Questions to Ask Before Hiring an East Valley Real Estate Agent

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Buying or selling a home is an investment in your financial future. Making sure you have the right east valley real estate agent to meet your needs will help the transaction run smoothly and get you the outcome you desire whether it’s selling your home at a certain price point or buying your dream home. At Beery Realty, we’re dedicated to educating and meeting the needs of our clients.
In Arizona, understanding agency is key to finding the real estate agent who is right for home purchase or sale.

  • Buyer’s Agent – Working solely on behalf of the buyer.
  • Seller’s Agent – Working solely on behalf of the seller.
  • Dual Agent – The real estate agent can only facilitate the transaction between two parties. That means they don’t have either party’s best interests in mind, only making the transaction happen so the buyer and seller have to work harder to cover their own interests. While it’s possible to be a dual agent, I don’t think it’s the best option, especially for my clients.

Why Understanding Agency is Important
Whether you’re the Buyer or Seller, it is important to disclose that you are working with an agent especially when you attend an open house or are looking a new builds. If you don’t disclose, the agent hosting the open house becomes your agent by default because you’ve unknowingly created an agency relationship. As a selling agent, when a buyer calls to see a house, you're now potentially a dual agent and the situation gets muddied -- The agent can't tell either party anything to negotiate. It's better to have two different people working a transaction.

Now that you know to disclose if you’re working with an agent, here are questions to ask before hiring a real estate agent.
I encourage my clients to ask questions and I ask them questions before deciding to work together. For example, I am an east valley agent focused on Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler, Queen Creek, and San Tan Valley. While I love all my clients, a west side Phoenix client may not be the right fit for me simply because I don’t know as much about those areas as I do the east valley.
Are you a full-time agent? You might like Aunt Sally’s friend’s daughter but if she does real estate part-time, you might not get the level of customer service you desire and deserve. I recommend working with a full-time agent who can dedicate more time and effort to your transaction. (Yes, I am a full-time real estate agent. If I am not buying or selling homes, I am not making money so it’s worth my time to help you in your real estate transaction.) 
Are you a member of the National Association of Realtors? REALTORS® must abide by the NAR Code of Ethics and state regulations. They must also complete continuing education. (Yes, I am a member of NAR and a REALTOR®.) 
What hours do you prefer to work? Finding the right real estate agent means finding someone who is working on your behalf and who can provide customer service to you when you are available. For example, I typically work 8am-7pm and prefer to take Sundays off. I will do what it takes to make your transaction happen and understand that may mean working on Sunday. 
What is the marketing plan for my home? My marketing plans include listing your home on 115-130 websites including the most common real estate sites, Canadian and local websites. I also do Open Houses and invite local realtors to tour your home. That is just the beginning of the tools I have to help you sell your home. 
What is your experience in helping buyers? If you’re looking for a specific type of home – a new build or for sale by owner, for example – you want to be sure your agent has experience in negotiating that type of contract. I have experience in new build and FSBO transactions along with traditional purchases.  
How long have you been a real estate agent in the Phoenix area? We’ve all been new at our jobs. My vision and goal for my clients is for you to be confident you’re working with someone who understands the local market and the real estate transaction process. I have more than eight years of experience in the southeast valley and many more years as an agent in another state.  
Whether you’re selling or buying a home, it’s important to ask questions before hiring a real estate agent. They’re working for you to help you have a successful transaction making it important for you to be able to work together. For more information about our real estate services, contact the team at Berry Realty today!