30 Questions To Ask a Realtor When Selling Your Home

Thinking of Selling Your Lafayette Indiana Area Home?  Since your house is one of the biggest investments, you should be a little choosy about whom you hire to help sell. Find an agent whose philosophy and methods align with your preferences. Asking the right questions will help you gain insight into the agent’s capabilities and personality. But not all agents are the same. Some may take advantage of your inexperience and end up costing you a pretty penny.

Here Are 30 Questions To Ask When Interviewing a Realtor To Sell Your Home:

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(We have given you our responses, along with space to write the responses for the other agent you interview. We think you fill find there is no comparison to The Romanski Group!)

 

1. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the typical Realtor has been in the real estate business for approximately 7 years. How long have you been in real estate?

The Romanski Group:  40 Years!!!  Jim and Erin Romanski of The Romanski Group have a combined number of approximately 40 years of experience in the real estate business – giving us many more years of experience than the “average agent”!

Other Agent?

2. According to the NAR, 23% of Realtors work on a part-time basis. Are you a full-time agent?

The Romanski Group:  YES – We are fully committed to our real estate careers and clients!

Other Agent?

3. The experiences of previous Buyers & Sellers are a good barometer of how effective a Realtor is.  Can you provide us with reference letters from past clients AND multiple online reviews on a 3rd party site?

The Romanski Group:  YES – ask us for a list of references and check out our rave reviews in the link above!

Other Agent?

4. It’s said that you master something when you teach it.  Learning new ideas is a crucial marketing component in getting listings sold.  How are you plugging into ongoing training and expanding your knowledge base of the industry?  

The Romanski Group:  We teach classes within our office and surrounding offices to our fellow real estate peers. We also participate in a coaching program and travel all over the country to network and learn from the very best in the real estate industry!

Other Agent?

5. Maximum exposure to top agents in and out of the area is another crucial marketing factor in selling a home. Do you have personal relationships with agents from the top companies in the area?       

The Romanski Group:  YES – our relationships with local Realtors is very important and we maintain a level of respect for our fellow peers.

Other Agent?

6. Do you have other listings in this area or in this price range that you will be able to attract Buyers from?

The Romanski Group:  YES – you can see our active and pending Lafayette Indiana area listings on our web site.

Other Agent?

7. Do you have an available list of hundreds of potential home buyers that you can market our home to?  Is this list available for us to see right now?

The Romanski Group:  YES and YES!  Be sure to ask us about our CRM with over 3,000 active buyers!

Other Agent?

8. How many listings do you currently have? 

The Romanski Group:  Our listings sell quickly, but you can see our active Lafayette Indiana area listings on our web site.

Other Agent?

9. According to the MLS, the average IRMLS agent  in the Lafayette Indiana area sold less than 7 homes in 2015.  How many homes did you sell in 2015?

The Romanski Group:  79 homes (and 79 Happy Clients & Families!)

Other Agent?

10. How many homes do you have under contract – waiting to close?

The Romanski Group:  We usually average 5-10 at any given time.

Other Agent?

11. Are you partnered with one of the world’s largest, most stable, and most importantly, innovative and successful real estate companies?

The Romanski Group:  YES – Keller Williams is an international real estate franchise company with more than 110,000 real estate agents, operating in 700 offices across the globe.

Other Agent?

12. Did your resale listings sell faster than the “average agent’s?

The Romanski Group:  YES – our average days on the market for homes in 2015 was 54. In fact many of those sold within the first 2 weeks of hitting the market!

Other Agent?

13. Did your listings sell for a higher percentage of list price than the “average agent”s?

The Romanski Group:  YES- our average list to sales price ratio was nearly 98%!!!

Other Agent?

14. How long have you been one of the Top 10% Realtors for the Lafayette Indiana Association of Realtors?

The Romanski Group:  YES – consistently we have been in the top 10% for over 10 years!

Other Agent?

15. Many agents list homes only to have them expire unsold and later be re-listed with another agent. What % of the homes you listed last year sold with you as opposed to being relisted and sold with someone else?

The Romanski Group:  99%!

Other Agent?

16. Do you belong to more than one Board of Realtors/MLS systems to give my home more exposure to thousands of Realtors?

The Romanski Group:  Yes! We belong to the IRMLS (Lafayette Board of Realtors) and MIBOR (Indianapolis Board of Realtors)

Other Agent?
17. Do you provide a personalized marketing plan for my home that is VERY detailed (not just  “smoke & mirrors”) that is available to show me?

The Romanski Group:  YES – we have a strategic proven marketing plan to show you that gets results!

Other Agent?

18. Do your signs have your direct line phone number (and only your number!) on them so that I know that potential buyers will be responded to by your team personally and not by whatever possibly inexperienced or less knowledgeable agent? 

The Romanski Group:  YES – we have our direct number on our professionally designed yard signs!

Other Agent?

19. Will you hire a professional photographer to shoot my home?

The Romanski Group:  YES – you only get one first impression and this is critical!

Other Agent?

20. Do you provide a listing home warranty for my property on my behalf?    

The Romanski Group:  YES – our sellers all receive a free home warranty during the listing period!

Other Agent?

21. Are you part of a team that so that I will get full-time, round the clock coverage by agents and staff who know my particular home as well as today’s market?

The Romanski Group:  YES – we have a talented team 0f 6 members passionate about making our clients #1!

Other Agent?

22. According to NAR, only 20% of Realtors employ even a part-time assistant…making it very difficult for them to be full-service providers. Do you employ an assistant to help you with marketing, agent feedback, scheduling, graphics, the closing process & paperwork so that your own time can be spent working with Buyers & Sellers?    

The Romanski Group:  YES – we have 2 professional assistants to help with every step in this process!

Other Agent?

23. Does your listing agreement include the option to cancel my listing – – – Guaranteed!?

The Romanski Group:  YES – we have an easy exit listing agreement!

Other Agent?

24. According to NAR, 39% of Realtors do not have their own web page.  Do you have your own personal web site with your own domain name?  Is your personal web site a state-of-the-art site for buyers to search for homes so that more buyers will see MY home?

The Romanski Group:  YES and YES – actually we have at least 4 different professional websites!

Other Agent?

25. How much do you spend per month for multiple premier Internet lead generation sites and marketing to attract buyers to your web site for MY home?  

The Romanski Group:  We spend THOUSANDS per month in marketing!

Other Agent?

26. Do you have an active personal real estate blog that is updated 2-3 times a week so that it draws in buyers to look at your listings?

The Romanski Group:  YES – we understand the importance of blogging and how this helps your home sell.

Other Agent?

27. Do you have a full-time social media guru on staff to ensure my home is marketed on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Linkedin, Craigslist, etc?  How often are your social media sites updated?

The Romanski Group: YES – we have a full time marketing director that updates our social media sites multiple times PER DAY!

Other Agent?

28. In depth knowledge of the area is a major marketing tool. Have you lived in the area for over 20 years….enhancing your ability to sell potential buyers on the community?

The Romanski Group: YES – many of us were born and raised in the area!

Other Agent?

29. Have you had proven success in the other crazy markets we experienced during the 1990’s & 2000’s that give you the particular expertise that is useful in selling homes now?

The Romanski Group: YES – Jim and Erin have been in the real estate industry both for appx 20 years!

Other Agent?

30. Does our “team approach & concept” make sense?  Do our “Yes!” answers reinforce our “can-do” approach and give you the confidence that our experience, creativity & negotiating skills will be put to work to sell your home quickly and for the best price?

The Romanski Group: IF YOUR ANSWER IS YES – LET’S GET YOUR HOME SOLD!

Other Agent?


 

For more questions or for a specific update on YOUR neighborhood – call The Romanski Group at (765) 404.5095 for a FREE Seller Consultation.  We use a systematic approach to determine the most accurate market value. Using an experienced team is the way to go to get your home ‪SOLD‬!  Don’t you deserve the BEST Realtor in the Lafayette Indiana area?!

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