Buying or selling a house can be exhausting and confusing, but if you have the right realtor who is an expert in the Des Moines area real estate market working with you, you will find the find the process to be much easier! Here are a few things to ask your realtor before you start the home buying or selling process.
Buying a House?
1. Is the price right for the neighborhood?
Your realtor should be able to pull comps from the neighborhood and surrounding neighborhoods to help you better understand what houses in the area are currently selling for and if the house you’re looking at is priced appropriately or not and ensure any offer is the best possible one.
2. Is this area on the rise or on the decline?
A good realtor can give you an idea of real estate trends in the neighborhood. In other words, your realtor can tell you if the area is moving toward being a more or less desirable place to live based on recent sales, foreclosures and other variables a great agent should have a pulse on.
3. How will you provide updates about new listings?
As a homebuyer, staying up-to-date on new listings hitting the market is probably incredibly important to you. Make sure you understand how your realtor plans on keeping you abreast of the listings that meet your needs; especially in a competitive market like Des Moines.
4. Are there any areas I’ve overlooked?
Even if you’re familiar with the city you plan to buy a house in, there may be neighborhoods you’ve overlooked that fall within your parameters. Your realtor should have their finger on the pulse of what’s happening and should provide you additional recommendations.
5. Do you have any vendors you’d recommend?
Your realtor is probably one of the most well-connected people you now know. From mortgage lenders and home inspectors to plumbers, painters and handymen, they should be able to recommend a vendor for any service you could need during and after your home-buying process.
Selling a House?
1. How do your contract and fees work?
If your realtor asks you to sign a contract, it’s important to understand what you’re signing. Additionally, make sure you ask how your realtor’s fees work so you know what you’ll be paying them to sell your house. (For the record: Space Simply’s fees are pretty simple!)
2. What are the tactics will you use to market my home?
Not all realtors use the same methods when they sell a home, and not all homes need to be marketed in the same ways. It’s important to know up front how an agent plans on getting your home in front of the most buyers possible.
3. Do you have experience selling homes in this neighborhood?
When a realtor is especially familiar with your neighborhood, they will be better able to advise you on list price, which offers to accept, how to market your home, and much more.
4. Is there anything about my house that concerns you?
There’s a good chance you love your home already—you bought it at some point after all--but it may be helpful to get an objective opinion from your realtor about areas of concern. Your realtor can tell you if they believe you need a fresh coat of paint, new roof, better curb appeal or any other improvements before you list your house.
5. What do you need from me?
Your realtor should have a lot of questions for you before they create a listing for your home. The more information you can give them about the house and neighborhood, the easier it will be for them to find the perfect buyer.
Ready to buy or sell a home? Space Simply agents are here to help! Contact us today with a quick note or give us a call at 515-423-0899.